A music perspective: Who Says Selena Gomez
Audience: teens, individuals with low self esteem
The song, Who Says, uses both comic and tragic lyrics, mainly because it is about being yourself, and having confidence in yourself, by knowing you are worth a lot and that you can do whatever you set your mind to. This is found in the lyrics, “ Who says you’re not star potential? Who says you’re not presidential?”. The lyrics to this song also have more of a poetic illusion, communicating a sense of finality by lyrics that mention that you can do whatever you want as long as you believe in yourself, and that in the end all that matters is that you believe in yourself. Also, another thing Selena Gomez has in her song lyrics is strategic ambiguity because self confidence and high self esteem is not something that many people believe they have, and many people have difficulty handling these situations, with everything seen in the media about how you ought to be, for you to be beautiful. This song has a goal of trying to get individuals to know that they are not worthless and that they are beautiful inside and out. I personally find that this song helps me a lot when I’m feeling down, and it helps boost my confidence.
Rhythmic structure: slow tempo, predictable (release) and fast tempo lyrics (intensity)
Harmonic structure: Mellow (release)
Melodic Structure: Long held notes, conjunct (release)
Phrasing: Legato, soft (release) and accelerando (intensity)
Instrumentation: few (release)
This song, Who Says, by Selena Gomez has a calm tone to it, and I find it relaxing. Even though the chorus has a faster tempo, I think its supposed to get the listener into a happy mood. As well the music doesn’t seem to be using many instruments, making it a release pattern type of song. This song also had many repetitions in the rhythm of the song in the chorus, making it predictable. During the song you can also notice that the pattern definitely shifts between intensity and release patterns, mainly between chorus and rest of the lyrics. As for what is particular for this artist, I would say it is very typical of Selena Gomez, as a lot of her songs change between intensity and release, and a many of her songs also speak about confidence, and feelings.
I would consider this song to be congruent because the main pattern of song is release and most of its lyrics are tragic with poetic illusions. This song has an overall happy tone to it and a very boosting melody to it. I find this song does exactly what I would expect it to do with respect to the lyrics.
The implications I get from this song is that it is teaching the youth to have high self esteem and confidence. This song helps individuals see that they can do what they want in life if they set a goal for it. Also, the beauty shown by the media, isnt what real beauty is, because real beauty has to do with whats inside your soul and what your heart believes is beauty for yourself.