If you’re NOT from Latin America, you probably don’t know who in the world is Vintage Shakira. And that’s both OK and understandable. I mean after all, WHY would you have to know?
But that’s why I’m here: To enlighten you :). (What follows is a completely unscientific study into the stages of Shaki’s music, btw.)
|The Stages of Shakira (aka Shaki)’s Sound: From Vintage (Best) to Transitional (OK) to New (Blah)|
You see, Vintage Shakira is my (totally unofficial) name for the Shakira I was a big fan of (way, WAY) back in the day. Vintage Shakira was HUUUGE in Colombia 20 years ago. Even though I’m not a music expert, I believe I do know enough to distinguish between Shakira’s sound now and back when it was actually good.
Anyways, 20 years ago, Shakira made amazing music full of deep, thoughtful (and thought-provoking) lyrics that made you want to become her friend. It was like you could feel what she had been going through when she wrote them–even if you had never experienced what she had. She’d write about a love that was so blinding it made her klutzy and stubborn, unable to process anything else because all she’d have on her mind has that guy (Ciega Sordomuda). Another song (Donde Estás Corazón?) is about her search for a long-lost love, and how she looked for him everywhere, but in the end didn’t find him.
She was also a brunette (who went through epic hippie-like braidy and red highlights phases) with crazy vocals that made all my friends and I want to imitate her. (Because back then, she was totally worth it.)
Than came her transitional period, in which she was no longer “Vintage” but not “New” yet. She began to move her hips more, and her lyrics were still entertaining, funny (albeit not super thoughtful anymore), and cool to sing along to. It was at this stage that she also began becoming more of a crossover artist, singing more and more songs in English.
Now tell me: Is what I feel odd? I mean are you still fans of certain artists that you think are much more different now than how you “met” them–or will you always think of them as never-changing? Do these changes constitute a normal part of “evolving” as artists, though? And am I being a wuss for not learning to adapt with them? (LOL and I thought I was a fan of change!)