Lizzo And Ciara Have Been Quietly Killing Mental Health Awareness Month

Lizzo And Ciara Have Been Quietly Killing Mental Health Awareness Month

The world might not realize this yet, but Lizzo and Ciara have been killing Mental Health Awareness Month lately.

It’s all thanks to their music.

Lizzo has been outspoken about the fact that Cuz I Love You has been in the works for years, but something about the timing of this release just seems all too perfect. It was released right before May, Mental Health Awareness Month. Songs from the album like, “Juice” and “Truth Hurts” (from the deluxe version) are dripping with self love and confidence in her lyrics. “Soulmate” literally says, “I’m my own soulmate!” …what other evidence do you need? Oh, and girl represents Minnesota damn well! She’s thrown in some funky nods to Prince on this album too – “Juice”, “Tempo,” and “Exactly How I Feel” being the most obvious reminders of this.

Ciara, on the other hand, is no stranger to female-empowerment anthems. I’ll point to “I’m Legit” with Nicki Minaj as evidence of this. It shouldn’t have surpised us that she’d continue the same sentiment on Beauty Marks, which just came out on Friday. The whole thing was released through her own recording and entertainment company. How cool is that!?

I’m loving “Girl Gang” and “I Love Myself” from the album, and I bet you will too if you’re a woman looking for a confidence boost.

Both of these women are killing Mental Health Awareness Month because the messages that are part of their music are so important. They encourage us to accept and love ourselves as we are. They’re “pump up” anthems when we’re having a bad day.

I’m so glad that they’ve given us a confidence boosting soundtrack while we celebrate ourselves as we are.

Machine Head Plays For Minneapolis ‘Freaks’

Machine Head Plays For Minneapolis ‘Freaks’

I have to admit, when Robb Flynn announced that Phil Demmel and Dave McClain were leaving Bay Area rockers Machine Head, I was nervous for their future. The announcement came last month.

Oddly enough, this was a¬†kind of blessing in disguise. It gave me the motivation to BUY A TICKET to this show. Who knew when I’d be seeing Machine Head again? At this point, we’re still not sure.

So, instead of focusing on the sad stuff, I bought the tickets.

I’m glad that I did! We freaks and zeroes were treated to two and half hours of non-stop blistering heavy metal at the legendary First Ave. The focus of Machine Head‘s set was primarily on the older portion of their catalog, which was awesome in my eyes.

Some of the most memorable moments of the night include: The entire crowd sining “The Darkness Within”, Jared scratching Phil’s guitar for Phil, the monster pit that opened up during “Killers & Kings”, Dave McClain’s drum solo – which, dare I say, might have rivaled Neil Peart.

These guys are professionals. There was no awkwardness on stage given their recent announcement. Just metal that I pleased to see.

What’s the last show you’ve been to?