When it comes to music, the Black Eyed Peas aren’t really up there on my favorite list, but what I like about them were their sensible ditties, like the song that cried out for peace, “Where is the Love”. After the Black Eyed Peas furor, we have Fergie going off on her own and making catchy ditties like “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Glamorous”.
Get ready for another pseudo-philosophical musing on Fergie’s songs, this time.
I was surprised when I came across Fergie songs that were so beyond the “My Humps” and “Fergalicious” idiocy.
Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry” has sparked many a poignant moment for me, frankly. This song just has so much in it that a girl can relate to. I for one, can totally relate to the need to evolve that she is longing to go through on her own, in this line:
“The path that I’m walking, I must go alone. I must take the baby steps ’til I’m full grown, full grown.”
This totally reminds me of Paula Cole’s “Pearl,” though Pearl was more of the “battling the demons with my luvvy duvvy” type.
I also like “Glamorous,” because the song talks about staying humble in a, well, glamorous industry. It also emphasizes family, especially when you look at the lines, “After the show or after the Grammies, I like to go cool out with the family. Sippin’, reminiscing on days when I had a Mustang,” and “I’m glad my daddy tell me so; he let his daughter know: ‘If you ain’t got no money, take your broke ass home’.. My daddy told me so.”
I am just a sucker for songs that have “depth”. While some people require that “depth” be defined as “having been filched from Nietzsche or Kierkegaard,” I define depth as “having values, imparting respect, love, humility, and other positive character traits and general positivity.” I am amazed that even in the corrupt entertainment industry, there are people who are willing to “taint” their work a little with values.
I find both songs worthy of the chart-busting that they did. Unlike the majority of the pop songs that are produced that talk mostly about sex, obsession, materialism, gangs (for hip hop), Fergie’s songs have a sensible, down-to-earth message that teaches those who listen closely that there is more to this earth than, well.. Fergie’s Humps. :p