So, when I was looking into reviving the blog, I wanted it to look a little different to really go for total freshness. The problem was that I hate fucking fucking with HTML code and, let’s be honest, Tumblr isn’t designed for text blogs. It’s designed for reblogging moody pictures covered in teen angst quotes and the occasional porn GIF. So I settled on a rather streamlined, clean-looking preset, and decided to customise it by changing the header each month.
So, June had Kasabian. July gets the one and only Beyoncé Knowles. I chose Beyoncé for a few reasons:
- BEYONCÉ comes out on vinyl this month. Historically, it’s not a format that’s been kind to Beyoncé fans, with B’Day being her only album to ever make it onto a record player. A shame, considering 4 is basically perfect for it. I’m incredibly excited about it. It’s also the fourth time I’ll be exchanging money for this album. At full price. First iTunes, then the physical, then the physical/Blu-Ray package, and now this. Blue Ivy basically owes her future college education to me.
- This is the month my birthday falls on, and since Beyoncé’s stunt at the end of last year was more of a present than any act has presented to me in the past year, it feels appropriate. We’ll ignore the agony pre-December 13th.
- A slow trickle of clips from The Mrs Carter Show has begun, with a song airing before each new episode of True Blood this season. We started this week with the magnificent “Haunted” and that infamous bass drop that shattered the psyche of every listener with its power that fateful December morn. A few points deducted for the dodgy filming style, however. Especially given how slick Beyoncé’s live DVDs are.
The picture comes from the opening night of The Mrs Carter Show 2014, and is my very own. I was there, and one of the first people to ever see that performance linked above, along with all the new tracks from BEYONCÉ. It was an absurdly magical experience; seeing an artist at the pinnacle of her performace skill, talent and beauty bring the best album of her career to life on stage for the first ever time. A true privilege. Something that comes around far too rarely in music these days, right?