Got In Formation

I GOT TO SEE BEYONCE KNOWLES LIVE IN CONCERT LAST THURSDAY AND I THINK I’M ACTUALLY STILL IN A BLISSFUL STATE OF SELF REFLECTION AND OTHERWORLDLY EXPERIENCE!

I don’t know if you could tell through writing, but I hyperventilated a little bit, even though I was just typing the sentence out. I’m a little out of breath still, and my throat is still hurting from belting out the lyrics to every. Single. One. Of her songs. But let me tell you all about this amazing experience. (I’m a little biased, as you can probably tell from reading all of that, but I’ll try to make sure that no one feels unaccounted for.)

For me, Beyoncé has always been a pretty big idol. She is inspirational and humble and pours her heart into her work. It makes listening to her music all that more enjoyable. Going to her concert in Philly was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Beyoncé is so extremely talented. Even people who do not like her music personally will still admit that she has talent. She sings songs that fit into multiple different genres, and they all are unique to her own style still.

My mother, for example, says she can’t stand Beyoncé’s music. However, she’ll still agree that she is a talented artist. Her vocal range is spectacular, and she uses very little — if any — auto-tune in her work. Also, her choreography to go with all her songs is phenomenal! The fact that she can be doing both successfully is incredible. Watching her dance like that on stage makes me amazed, envious, and aroused all at once.

The concert I went to show cased that exact talent. I’m pretty sure I cried through most of it; my tears mixing with the cold air and the pouring rain. But all of it was worth it for Bey. Every last article of damp clothing. She sang many remixes to her songs, transitioned them perfectly into the next songs on her set-list, and even did an a-capella version of her song Love On Top. She had an amazing stage, with three separate screens that showed her in order for people not as close to the stage could still see her. The third screen was in the middle and was actually this huge, rotating rectangular prism that could open up. She also used it to emit sparklers at one point. The choreography was, of course, out of this world jaw-dropping. She slayed my entire life with her dance moves. Especially her water dance for her song Freedom, as well as her very sexy version of Crazy In Love.

I was so deeply moved by her whole performance, and she ended it with, of course, Halo. My two friends whom I went with — Nyim and Abbi — were also extremely touched. We talked the whole time on the way home from Lincoln Stadium about how no other experience in our lives will ever compare to that moment. Not even our wedding day! I’m going to love Beyoncé until the day I die, and I have no shame in my avid obsession for her.

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