Beautiful! Bodacious! Brilliant! BEYONCE…

Quote of the Day: The Rhythm Of Life is a powerful beat/Puts a tingle in your fingers and a tingle in your feet/Rhythm in your bedroom/Rhythm in the street/Yes, The Rhythm Of Life is a powerful beat…” “Rhythm of Life” from Sweet Charity

No one on the music scene todayand I mean nobody, not Ciara, not Rhianna, not Britney, and sadly, most certainly not Madonna, anymore–has the style, showmanship, and savvy of the superstar named Beyonce. Two new singles out to promote her upcoming release; only one of them moved me, the ballad “If I Were a Boy.”  The other one, “Single Ladies”, just seemed like a retread to me, a nursery rhym-ish Destiny’s Child track remixed as “Get Me Bodied” from the B’Day CD. 
Then I saw the video (thanks for the early morn shout-out from Mr. Chase-Marshall–hyphenated brothas looking out, indeed!). And I got it…
This video is, simply put, magic: so amazingly on-target, so dazzingly inventive in its simplicity, so ferocious and potent, it reminds me of Prince’s “Kiss” video in a way, relying as it does solely on the sheer star power of the artist, the hotter-than-July cinematography, and some cool and breathtakingly gorgeous choreography. The choreography! Did someone resurrect Michael Kidd and play him some hardcore r&b beats? Did someone bring back Bob Fosse and ask him to teach some steps to the Ikettes? No other artist today steals so smartly and effortlessly from the best of the past to create the future of popular culture. 
When I interviewed Beyonce for the cover of Giant magazine back in 2006, on the eve of the release of B’Day and Dreamgirls, I told her about a show called Liza With a ‘Z’, a Bob Fosse-directed one-woman show that Liza Minnelli did for one night only on Broadway back in the 70s. I gave Beyonce a DVD of the show and told her that I thought she was the only artist who could pull off something as elegant and sophisticated and fun and wild. She demurred–as she should have, frankly–but I could tell she liked being compared to a show biz legend like Liza. Homegirl’s turn as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls may not have turned out to be the showcase for this showstopper that she (and others) wanted it to be, but then, Dreamgirls really isn’t Deena’s show to stop. It’s Effie’s, and frankly, as good as Beyonce was in the flick, no one was going to stop Jennifer Hudson, the same way no one was going to stop Jennifer Holiday 26 years ago in the original production. BUT…Beyonce has her videos, and years still to find the vehicle that will show off her stuff as vibrantly as possible.
This video is one step closer, I think, to Beyonce With a ‘B’
Okay, I’ll stop gushing now…Check it out, kids…

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