Music is a big part of my life so I’m always thinking about how to use it best. It’s hard for me to enjoy art without analyzing, taking notes, and asking questions. Beyoncé has our nation’s attention right now and she’s obviously one of our most beloved pop stars. The first lady even said if she could be anyone else, she’d want to be Beyoncé.
Beyoncé is more popular than she’s ever been, so you can’t turn on the TV or get online without seeing something about her, from reviews of her new album to pictures of her walking down the street with her daughter. I’m impressed by her talent and inspired by her drive, but I’m also puzzled by some things I see.
Beyoncé and I do have a few things in common. We’re both from Texas, and have lots of family in Houston. We’re both artists who’ve released around the same number of solo albums (though she’s just a little bit more well known than me). And lastly, we’re both sinners in need of God’s grace.
With that in mind, if I had the chance to meet her these are some of the questions I might ask, some of which I’m still working through myself.
1. How influential do you think your music is in the lives and values of young people?
2. Music is a beautiful form of self expression, where we have the opportunity to pour out our feelings, thoughts, and passions. But for millions of people music also serves as the soundtrack to their lives, and it shapes their world views. How do you balance self expression and the responsibility you have as an influencer?
3. Do you think the attention you draw to your own beauty and sexuality (which often distracts from your art) contradicts the message in songs like, “Pretty Hurts?” In that song, you seem to be encouraging young women not to kill themselves seeking perfection, and to focus on their souls rather than their smiles. But do you think the constant elevation of our standard of beauty— which you clearly meet— works against that message?
4. Is there a way to celebrate married sex without publicly flaunting one’s own sexuality and tempting others to lust?
5. Why is Jay-Z in his forties but still cooler than me?
These are just a few of the questions that came to mind last night. Do you guys have any thoughts?