Singers as Storytellers

Music is not just about melody, it should also about how a singer or an artist delivers the song as well as the beauty of the story being delivered. In mainstream music scene, we rarely see or hear some artists who are great storytellers apart from being good artists. It wasn’t just about the vocal gymnastics, it should also about a song going out from the heart and passes through the mouth, and eventually reach the heart of the listeners.
Here are some of the artists that had so much depth and tells suxh stories with the way they deliver their songs:

Taylor Swift
Some people say, “she wrote a new song again about her ex”, that’s how people had perceived her. But the way she had written and deliver her songs, you can hear stories. Most of these songs were hidden gems that weren’t released. It was also good to check her old country songs if you want to hear stories from a young lady with a young sweet voice.

I can’t say I am a fan of Eminem because I am really not one. His songs has lots of profanity, yes! But it can’t hardly be said that he lacks depth. He had lots of songs about his life. He love his daughter so much, it’s in his songs. He got hurt by his mom and wife, it’s in his songs. He even tells the story of his fans. He had some serious songs too and he delivered such story well.

Ed Sheeran
I know he is one of the best songwriters nowadays apart from being a good, if not the best, singer. In fact, I love his voice and I am a professed fan. The reason why I became a fan isn’t only about his voice, talent or the lovely melodies of his songs. I can feel the story in his songs as well as how he delivers it perfectly.

Pink is not just about a muscular female singer, showing idiosyncrasies in her videos and singing with her strong vocals. She is also about depth, sharing her experiences and her views. I love how she delivered “Just Give Me a Reason” and how she told the story in “Who Knew”.

Adele may not be a total performer but what makes her standout among these heaps of great performers? It’s the way she interprets and deliver a story with the way she is singing. She may just be standing or sitting in front of you performing, but it’s not just performing. She is pouring her heart and telling the story. It reaches your heart if you will listen to not just the melody, rather the message as well, along with the majestic voice of hers.

Memorable Lines in Songs: Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani gained solo success after being the vocalist of successful band, No Doubt. Her songs were known about expressing herself, love songs and even about life, scored successes in music charts.

What Ya Waiting For?
” Naturally I’m worried if I do it alone
Who really cares ’cause it’s your life”
Knowing Gwen as the vocalist of No Doubt, she’s telling what she feel and that she’s worried as she will be doing it alone or going solo and not as lead singer of No Doubt which she used to.

Rich Girl
” All the riches baby, won’t mean anything
All the riches baby, bring what your love can bring”
The girl is rich but it is nothing for her as long she got the she love who is even better than any riches for her.

Hollaback Girl
” People hear you talking like that, getting everybody fired up”
She is hearing negative things about her which probably includes the media. But she don’t mind what they say and just do her stuff.

” It’s good to see you now with someone else
And it’s such a miracle that you and me are still good friends”
I think this song is for her ex and bandmate Tony Kanal as she said that they are still good friends even he already has hiw own partner, and Gwen is also with someone she love, which is Gavin Rossdale.

” Working so hard every night and day
And now we get the pay back”
It’s about working so hard and after the hard work, you get what you deserve and live luxuriously.

The Sweet Escape
” I must apologize for acting stank & treating you this way
Cause I’ve been acting like sour milk all on the floor”
The girl is apologize for acting badly and trying to make a change for the two of them.

4 in the Morning
” I give you everything that I am
I’m handin’ over everything that I’ve got”
The girl loves the guy so much but the guy seems his love is cooling off. The girl was so hurt because she gave her everything.

Used to Love You
” Never thought this would happen
Gonna let it sink in, you’re gone”
The girl may be the wife and she couldn’t believe that everything is turning dysfunctional and that she and her husband has separated.

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Memorable Lines in Songs: Usher (1997-2004)

Usher debuted way back in early 1990s. But his breakthrough came in 1997 when he broke the charts worldwide with “You Make Me Wanna”. Since then, he’s became one of tge biggest R&B singer around.

You Make Me Wanna
“You make me wanna leave the one I’m with
Start a new relationship with you
This is what you do”
The guy is pertaining to his female bestfriend by which the guy has a girlfriend but he’s falling in love with his bestfriend because of her nice qualities. The guy seems he wants to leave his girlfriend and start to start a relationship with his bestfriend.

My Way
” She likes it my way,My way
You can’t satisfy her needs”
The guy is telling the girl’s ex that she loves him more and that the ex can’s satisfy the girls’ needs.

U Remind Me
” She even smiles, just the way you do.
So innocent, she seemed, but I was fooled
I’m reminded when I look at you, but,”
The guy is trying to move on after his ex cheated on him. He met this new girl and beginning to like her but what’s holding him is the similarity she had with his ex-girlfriend.

U Got it Bad
” Said you act like you’re ready
But you don’t really know
And everything in your past – you wanna let it go”
The guy is not into love but this girl makes him want to change. But something’s holding the guy which is his past.

U Don’t Have to Call
” U don’t have to call
It’s okay girl
‘Cause I’m gonna be alright tonight ”
The guy just broke up and instead of lingering in the house, he decided to go out and have fun telling the girl who hurt her he’s fine that night.

” Deep down you know it’s best for yourself but you
Hate the thought of her being with someone else
But you know that it’s over”
The guy and the girl already ended their relationship but the guy just don’t want to because he doesn’t want to see her with other guy.

Confessions Part II
” The first thing that came to mind was you
Second thing was how do I know if it’s mine and is it true
Third thing was me wishin’ that I never did what I did”
The guy almost don’t want to confess that he hooked up with the girl because of the three reasons mentioned above.

My Boo
” It started when we were younger
You were mine my boo”
This is just a simple story about your first love, which happened when they were still younger.

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