Now My Life Is Sweet Like Cinnamon

“Like a ****ing dream I’m living in. Baby love me cause I’m playing on the radio. How do you like me now? Pick me up and take me like a vitamin. ‘Cause my body’s sweet like sugar venom, oh yeah. Baby love me ’cause I’m playing on the radio. How do you like me now?”

Recently fell in love with an artist that goes by the name of Lana del Rey. First found out about her from spotify and after tweeting and posting facebook statuses about her lyrics and music, it was brought to my attention that other people have already heard about her. Only a few, but still.

I quickly became enthralled and obsessed with her melancholy hooks, pulse-driving base, and all-around unusual but simultaneous sadness she brings to her music. Her style is all her own, and I can honestly say that I’m in love with it. I told my best friend to do her new single, “Young and Beautiful” for poetry Friday so our class could discuss it since it was written for the new Great Gatsby movie. Everyone loved it as I knew they would and now there are more people who know about this hip-hop, pop, “Hollywood sadcore” artist who writes about her past struggles with alcoholism.

It made sense when I found that out. I learned how to play the song “Carmen” on guitar and it talks about a girl who was “lying to herself ’cause her liquor’s top shelf.” I was also curious as to whether or not Lana del Rey was her real name or just a stage name. It is the latter and she got it from her Spanish-speaking Cuban friends who suggested it. Her real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant and she chose it because it reminded her of the seaside’s glamour and grandeur.

Just like everything that comes out of this self-made singer/songwriter’s beautiful mouth, she said it seemed to roll off the tip of the tongue. If you haven’t heard of her. Check her out. “Summertime Sadness”, “God’s and Monsters”, “Carmen”, and every other song on her albums are good. 

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