My love affair with pop music is a well-documented and complicated one. pre-teen Julie was all about the pop music, *Nsync, Spice Girls, the Queen herself: Britney Spears, they were all constantly playing in my house. My parents hated pre-teen Julie … and also teen Julie, she was a mess. As I grew older and my relationship with myself became more strained, my music taste evolved and I eventually found myself with an obsessive love-affair with songwriters.
Jason Mraz, Christina Perri, Adele and Sara Bareilles were some of the musicians that provided the soundtrack to my most complicated years. I actively steered away from pop music for a few years (with the exception of a few artists) and it wasn’t until recently that I re-discovered my love for pop music.
Pop music, if done right, can be absolutely powerful and if I may make a bold statement: we may be living in a time where the best pop music in being created. Now, I say this as a die-hard fan of *NSYNC and Britney Spears but truth be told: Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato and Pink released some of the best pop of albums in 2017. Those three have been essential with my growing love of current pop music and now we can add Hayley Kiyoko to that list.
Hayley released her latest album, Expectations, this past Friday and I’ve been listening to it ever since.
This Music Monday I want to specifically discuss her song “Feelings” which, could actually be my life anthem. “Feelings” contains everything that pre-teen Julie likes about pop music; upbeat melody, fun lyrics and a captivating performer. Watching her video for “Feelings” was my first introduction to Hayley Kiyoko’s music and I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw.
My bisexual heart could barely handle the fact that I was witnessing a music video for a great pop song, where we were watching a lesbian relationship proudly displayed on screen. It was flirtatious, it was romantic, it was every exciting feeling while being accompanied by a wonderful song.
I over-communicate and feel too much
I just complicate it when I say too much
I laugh about it, dream about that casual touch
Sex, fire, sick and tired of acting all tough
“Feelings” is, as the kids say, a bop.
Hayley Kiyoko is changing the damn game and I am excited to be along for the ride. The fact that she continues to ensure that her stories and experiences as a lesbian woman are represented is absolutely inspiring.
So start your Monday off right and dance your way into work while listening to “Feelings” by Hayley Kiyoko.