Kanye West's Homecoming
When thinking about music as an influence on our youth again, I’ve gradually begun to think of music as an accompaniment to life. I’ve begun to think about the music that had been playing at pivotal moments in my life, and how they’ve influenced me. So yes readers, unfortunately this post is all about me!
One of my earliest memories (because in all honesty, I have got quite possibly the worst memory ever) is dancing around my stage (room), microphone (hairbrush) in hand, with my backing singers (tape player) behind me, pretending to be Shania Twain. Yes, this just heightens how much of a 90’s baby I am! But Shania Twain genuinely was, and regretfully still is, one of my biggest idols growing up. It may have been that her tape was one of the only ones I could afford for my tape player, but every time I listened to her songs, I felt EMPOWERED. Shania Twain’s lyrics opened up new possibilities in my mind – that women could do anything. She also taught me about gender equality, consent, and basically a big ‘F-YOU’ to any men who questioned who you were. These themes have resonated throughout my whole life, and I can honestly say it’s all down to you, Shania. (I shall stop talking about Shania Twain now, I’m becoming a bit of a fan-girl)
As I wrote in my previous blog on music, Kanye West’s ‘Homecoming’ is one of my favourites, and Yeezy has some serious competition with my rapping. But the song actually holds a really big place in my heart. At first glance, the song doesn’t really mean much – who the hell is ‘Windy’? But in actual fact, the lyrics personify home. So many people get torn away from their homes for various reasons. I moved away from my birth place at the age of seven, and moved to a town that was by far 100x better than where I was. Yet, there’s still a sense of sadness when you leave your childhood home, no matter how difficult in may have been there. I think the reason I connect with this song is just that, a sadness of what once was – “Do you think about me now and then? Because I’m coming home again.”
I am only going to write about one more song, as you’re all probably bored of my life now. My next song is ‘It Must Be Love’ by Madness, as this was played on the happiest day of my life so far – my mother’s wedding day. Like everyone, we’ve all had horrible things go on in our lives. Our whole lives seem to be a test. My mum and our family have not had the easiest of lives, and yeah we’ve had some bad things happen, but seeing my mum walk back up the aisle to this song with her new husband on her wedding day gave me hope. It gave me hope that no matter what happens in life, and no matter what trials life throws at us, we will all find happiness along the way. Okay enough soppiness now!
But basically what I’m trying to say is that these stories that songwriters sing, can influence you in silly little ways (like me refusing to wear anything other than leopard print and a cat-suit during my Shania Twain phase), or in bigger ways – like realising your self- worth. Sometimes you just have to listen.