i’d gone to alicia’s as i am tour in anaheim last year but i couldn’t resist the chance to see her freedom tour with the one and only gbaby. (happy birrrrthday!!!)
and let me tell you why i love her as much as when i first fell in love with her after the first time i heard ‘a woman’s worth’:
- she ain’t all about flash and glamour. her costume changes during the concert on tuesday only consisted of 3, technically 4 if you count her taking off her BOMB-ASS red leather jacket (i want one!) after her opening song. the first outfit, a form fitting but tasteful all-black get up; the second, an elegant and flattering white evening dress; and the third, a white corset and black tights
- i can’t help but compare her to beyonce or janet jackson, who are all about the theatrical aspect of performing. it’s very entertaining, but i love that to entertain her audience, all alicia needs is her band, her voice and her piano/keyboards/keytar (dope.)
- her talking voice is as beautiful and idyllic as her singing voice. i looked forward to her talking in between songs as much as her actual songs, just because i wonder how anyone’s voice can be so beautiful in all forms
- her performance of ‘try sleeping with a broken heart’ made me cry. not just for the song’s message but also for her changing up the 1st verse: slow and anticipative, so emotional and heart-wrenching. whenever she remixes her own songs, oh man, they’re just money
- finally and most of all, not only is her voice beautiful and polished, her convictions are beautiful as well. we’re hard-pressed to find such a mainstream musician today so active in spreading messages of self-empowerment and challenging the status quo. her background visuals were constantly feeding the audience with taboo yet relevant issues
if you haven’t seen her live in concert, i implore you to add it to your bucket list. next on my own bucket list: to see her for a 3rd time but in an intimate and close setting. cross your fingers for me!