By Vernalee
I once thought that I was the Queen Bee of making the world’s best tasting lemonade until Beyonce stole the show with her “Lemonade!” Yes, it is correct that I am the same age as Tina Knowles Lawson, Beyonce’s Mother. Yes, some may ask why am I listening to sounds of my daughter’s contemporary. I’m glad you asked! I’ll tell you why! Despite its ubiquitous coverage where missing it is hard to do, Beyonce’s “Lemonade” is about the emotional love roller coaster that women who have loved experience and travel. Sooner or later, the ride may shake you up and take you on a journey that goes up slowly and brings you down fast! Scary, right? Beyonce doesn’t reiterate utopia – a world of smooth sailing, but sings about a road of bumps and bruises where beauty, fame, or money won’t exempt; a world where the good may suffer with the bad.
My daughter once told me, “Mommy, Beyonce is my girl! We grew up together. She means to me what Aretha (Franklin) and Tina (Turner) mean to you.” Now, that’s a statement of immense magnitude; the attachment is too uncanny, but the message was clearly understood. Somewhere in time, Beyonce hit a note that told her story like Aretha told mine! I get it! The validity of my daughter’s statement demonstrates the infinite wisdom of a young soul clothed in old folks sense. It clearly shows that it doesn’t matter who is behind the microphone when the story is relatable. If you have loved and not been loved back; felt the pain of infidelity; been affiliated with a cheater who justified why; been hurt and the sting lingered and wouldn’t go away; been publicly embarrassed with shame; reconciled; tried to keep your love and family together only to later have it torn apart; stood before the preacher and pledged your love before all to see the fragments scattered faster than you uttered your vows of forevermore; believed in redemption and forgiveness to give love another try; and …. refuse to give up on love; continue to seek love and happiness; don’t want to grow old alone, et al, you can comprehend and tangibly feel the lyrics in “Lemonade!” It is ageless! It’s the “Chain of fools” where the “loving was just too strong” or the “second handed emotion” of “What’s love got to do with it” of my generation. My maturity woke me up this morning with the alarm that music can tell the story of love and life pleasantries or the lack thereof harmonized to a synchronized lyrical beat. It can ring in your ears the theory that puts into perspective that keeping it together is more significant than tearing it apart. Starting over is always an option, but it is not always easy when your soul is full of bruises caused by the aftermath of pain. Unfortunately, for some of us – eradicating our soulful emotions by calling it quits is the most viable solution. When we don’t or can’t combine the right amount of water and sugar to lemon juice, the taste is bittersweet. Life is no different. Now, I don’t suspect that I will grab a wooden baseball bat and knock out car windows as Beyonce does in her video, but who knows! Love can make us do a many splendid and unpredictable things! Keep your doors locked and your windows down – “just saying!”
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