ALICIA KEYS

A Woman With Embish'N

By: Mandy Hoadley

 

    Alicia Keys is a modern day young women, who is using her poetic talent to make it big in the musical industry. She not only writes the lyrics to all her songs but she plays the piano in many of the compositions. Alicia Keys is a poet worth knowing because her songs have a valuable message, that can relate to a wide variety of people.

    Alicia Keys was born and raised in Hells Kitchen, New York. This area was a bit on the rough side, so to avoid trouble she turned to the piano and music. Today, people of every age around the world have fallen in love with the music written and sung by Alicia Keys. One of her biggest hits which she is best known for is Fallin'. This song spent numerous weeks at the number one spot and was voted the second best song in the year 2002. Along with other pieces of music, this song can be heard on her latest released album Songs In A Minor.

    Alicia attended school at The Professional Performing Arts High School and Harlem Police Athletic League Community Center. Throughout her school years, she was also busy with her rising music career. Still she managed to maintain a straight A average. Her intelligence lead her to be valedictorian and got her accepted into Columbia University. It was at the tender age of seven that Alicia began to learn how to play the piano and age fourteen that she wrote her first song. However, she was only four and at a kinder garden audition that her singing ability was discovered. Unlike other singers, Alicia is not related to anybody famous whom helped her to stardom. Many musicians such as Beethoven, Donny Hathaway, Miles Davis, Mary J. Blige and Bobby Caldwell influenced her. She combined all of the styles of these musicians to make a unique style all of her own. When Alicia reached her pre teen years she and some friends had formed a successful singing group, known as "Embish'N". As you can see, she had a lot of stress to deal with for a young child. Since she bit off more then she could chew, she had a miniature breakdown.

    Most of Alicia Keys success comes from her first released album, known as Songs In A Minor. She can be seen on magazine covers, the television, shows such as Oprah or in person on a solo tour. Alicia received a VMA, 2 Billboard Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 2 NAACP Image Awards, 3 Soul Train Awards, 2 World Music Awards, 1 ECCHO award and 5 Grammys' before she was twenty one. She was also voted for best R&B vocal performance, best R&B song and best R&B album. With such great success, she is planning on releasing a second album later in the year.

    I feel that Alicia Keys music is poetry because she similar to other poets is expressing both thoughts and feelings through words. Since all of her songs are written, sung and produced by herself, the words are personal and are probably from personal experience. This can be useful to people who can relate to her music and it may even help them with similar problems. Younger listeners can especially relate because Alicia is a young person and therefore she is dealing with similar issues in life. All of the words in every song are chosen carefully, to make sense and to have the most effective method of getting the message across.

    If you had to study a poet Alicia Keys would be the one to know. Not only does she sing and write her own work but she plays the piano as well. She is  down to earth and an intelligent woman, unlike many of the other singers out there. She is a true a  true role model! Alicia said, "Follow your dreams" and that is exactly what she has done.

 

Fallin' By Alicia Keys

I keep on fallin'
In and out of love with you
Sometimes I love ya
Sometimes u make me blue
Sometimes I feel good
At times I feel used
Lovin you darlin'
Makes me so confused

 

I keep on
Fallin'
In and out of love with you
I never loved someone
The way that I love you

 

Oh, oh, I never felt this way
How do you give me so much pleasure
And cause me so much pain
Just when I think
I've taken more then would a fool
I start fallin' back in love with you

 

            I keep on 
               Fallin'
 In and out of love with you
    I never loved someone
    The way that I love you

                    

                      Oh baby
                        I, I, I, I'm fallin'
                         I, I, I, I'm fallin'
                  Fall

                        

                        I keep on
                       Fallin'
                           In and out of love with you
                      I never loved someone
                         The way that I love you

                      

                                                     I'm fallin'                                   
                         In and out of love with you
                     I never loved someone
                      The way that I love you

                   

                            I'm fallin'
                        In and out of love with you
                           I never loved someone
                                                     More then I love you                         

                      

                            What?

                       

 

   I chose to include this poem because it is her number one hit. This song and or poem includes rhyming lines, in various places. An example of this would be when she said , "In and out of love with you, sometimes I love you, sometimes you make me blue". I like when a poet uses rhyming because it makes it easy to read and more interesting. The topic of the song is appealing because many  people around the world can relate to it, or something similar. At some point in everyone's lives, they have liked someone and had no control over it. I also recommend that if you enjoyed this song by Alicia, to read A Woman's Worth.

 

Sources And Links

http://www.aliciakeys.net

http://www.alicia-online.com

http://www.allperson.com/allperson/legend/0000000930.com

http://www.aliciakeys.net/photo3.html

http://www.aliciakeys.net/biography.html

 

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