by Celina Simmons
March is National Women’s History Month and the Beacon crew wanted to focus a lot of our attention on it for the only issue to come out this month. Recently, I’ve fallen in love with a young artist who I never heard of until now and I wanted to share a little bit about why.
Some of you may be familiar with the pop artist Bea Miller.
Though not usually a pop music fan myself, there was something about Bea’s style that I just couldn’t get enough of. It was her confidence and her transparency shown through her music that can truly be felt. You can usually find me listening to pretty vulgar rap, punk, or electronic music because I love the way the lyrics don’t hold anything back. Growing up listening to Eminem, you can see how this happened.
The first song I heard by Bea Miller was “Feel Something” and though it’s not a vulgar song, it’s real. The song is about how she has felt no emotions and she’s desperate to feel anything, even heartbreak. The second verse reads, “watching my friends break their hearts into two makes me jealous, I know that it’s cruel.”
I think that this was the perfect song to hook me into the artist because I have respect for honesty like that. Having dealt with depression myself, I know that there can be extended periods of time where you just can’t feel any emotion at all and there can be a desperation to feel anything real.
If you listen to “Feel Something” off of Bea’s Spotify page, the song that follows is her latest release, “That Bitch.” This song caught my attention because it had a bit of that vulgarity I love so much. I had never really noticed any pop music to do that. This song is all about getting hate as a woman for simply being honest and being called a bitch for it.
Ladies, if you know, you know. It’s frustrating especially when men can be as honest as they please without the name-calling. Leading off of that, she also touches on how some men see themselves as superior to women and believe we are only here to “please” them. Pft.
I started listening to Bea’s Spotify page literally daily. I will admit, I am not a fan of all of Bea’s music as some of it seems too “bubble-gum pop” for my liking. Though while listening to more of her music, I came across songs like “It’s not u, it’s me,” “like that,” and “Yes Girl” which stole my heart.
When I first saw the title “It’s not u, it’s me,” I thought it was going to be another break-up song about a girl not being good enough for the relationship. I was very, very wrong. The chorus reads, “It’s not you, it’s me. I’m the only one I need. It’s not you, it’s me. ‘Cause I’m leaving you for me.” I LOVED this.
I have ended relationships solely on the reasoning that I needed to learn how to love myself and spend time with myself. To hear this well known female pop artist sing about the importance of making yourself important was refreshing. I think that a lot of mainstream music, especially today, isn’t always selling an appropriate message to young fans. Bea’s message in almost all of her songs seems to me like common sense that needs to be more common in the media.
Her songs “Yes Girl” and “Like that” not only have amazing vocals but are also inspiring to young girls entering into relationships. These songs are essentially breaking out of a controlling and toxic relationship and coming out stronger on the other end. I feel like most break up songs are just hopeless. It’s all like, “you hurt me, you broke me, i am nothing without you, blah blah blah.” Whereas Bea is saying, “you are hurting me and I will not put up with it any more.”
Listening to Bea Miller’s music has inspired me to say what I need to say when I need to say it and not be afraid of what others will say in response. It emphasizes that your own personal worth and health is, and always will be, the most important thing in your life above any relationship. On top of all of that, it reminded me just how confident and strong I can be as a woman. So, thank you Bea Miller.