H.E.R. – Genius Storytelling And Meaning Behind Focus, Avenue, and Every Kind Of Way
Music by a young woman
Dedicated to young women
Introvert individual with explosive temper
« Tables turn and lessons learned » on self-love and self-worth.
This is a whole sound experience and it feels like a movie in slow-motion, just like Rihanna in her car.
This music experience is meant to be appreciated alone, shades and headphones on, in your car or in the backseat of a Uber, in the bus or in the subway.
The rendition, the tuning, the lyrics, everything is meant to make you feel like this is an ongoing story. Every song seems linked to one, all setting up a mood, overwhelming feeling.
Secret identity, face covered with shades, always, even during interviews,.
The songstress, multi-instrumentalist, goes ironically by the name of H.E.R. meaning Having Everything Reveals.
With that being said, all along a moving and poetic storytelling, she’s letting you know everything’s that’s been running through her mind.
In a short fiction, you can get only one chance to have Gabriella Gibson (H.E.R.’s real name) reveal her face, down on her phone.
Along the lyrics she reflects on her journey of love, questionning worth of time, worth of a relationship, and eventually her very self-worth.
Besides, as H.E.R. states in an interview with SWAY, Focus is a song about « just being a young woman.[…] All women can relate. I was very vulnerable, very needy; I’m such a needy person, I think a lot of women are ».
Eventually « Focus on me« are three words you should sing definitely for yourself first, before begging for the attention of someone else.
From Every Kind of Way, to Avenue and Focus, you can discover a girl passionately in love, physically and mentally.
Either wild and on fire, or cold, silent and distant, you can feel her excitment, her pain and her surprises.
Delivering a package mixed with trap and neo soul, she catches Bryson Tiller‘s respect and attention, to the point that he brought her on tour for opening act for his Set It Off tour.
Her voicing could make you think of SZA at times, though her sound designing and songwriting is heavily under Drake’s influence (Jungle); mellow vibes and sorrow, it all feels similar.
As begins the short film, H.E.R. speaks about life and relationships as a journey, with « a beginning, a middle and an end ».
This short film and the three visuals released to picture her songs are all about the highs and lows of teenage love.
The movie directed by Sean Frank, does showcase love in every kind of way and features the following tracks :
Jungle, lone and overthinking
« Still findin’ myself, let alone a soulmate »
Losing, trapped as the lyrics go« lookin’ in your eyes, I’m lifted ».
Love at first sight and physical attraction can be elusive.
« I haven’t got enough practice, all the ones before you were just a mistake or just a distraction. »
Pigment, bittersweet time for desillusion and second-chance, even though this might not be the ideal partner.
« I’m givin’ you a chance to finally make a good impression on me »
Focus, in need for quality time, cuddle and proof of love.
« Me—Can you focus on me?
Baby, can you focus on me? »
Facts, which features a gay couple. Lyrics singing « I don’t care ’bout opinions »
Whatever the sex, this is still love and that’s fact.
Say It Again, « no more talking »
Rewinds back to Jungle.
« Feel like we one in the same,
Our relationship changed that or it never existed »
End of the journey, final destination.
« Time to get off » in a whole new avenue.
The « best part » in all of H.E.R.’s music videos is always the end, with a striking conclusion that makes you want to rewind back to the beginning of the story.
Finally, as you wonder how come the situation has gone this far, let’s just keep in mind that « it’s not where you’re going, it’s how you get there ».
Relationship, a hell of a ride. Better think twice before driving into a new avenue.