Singles Saturdays – Oscars 2020 Edition

In celebration of the 92nd Academy Awards, I will discuss the five nominations. 

Here’s the list of the five songs nominated for an Oscar.

-I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away 
  Music & Lyrics by Randy Newman 
 Performed by Randy Newman 
  Movie: Toy Story 4

The song I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away is about encouraging some to not give up on life and dreams. The words are hopeful and demonstrate that there are people out there who care about you. The music is upbeat and reflects the inspirational mood. This tune suits the vibe of Toy Story 4 perfectly. Fantastic work by Randy Newman with the music and lyrics.

(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again 
Performed by Elton John & Taron Egerton 
Music by Elton John  
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin 
Movie: Rocketman

It’s a song that has a positive message about loving oneself and being proud and confident about who you are… It reminds me of Elton John’s early works, along with a contemporary vibe. The music is catchy and upbeat, which reflects the joyful mood of the song. The lyrics are inspirational and optimistic, as well as hopeful. Impressive work by Bernie Taupin. Elton John and Taron Egerton’s voices compliment each other nicely. This song demonstrates how Taron Egerton really sounds when he’s singing in his own style. Incredible!

I’m Standing with You 
Music & Lyrics by Diane Warren   
Performed by Chrissy Metz
Movie: Breakthrough 

I’m Standing with You is a song from the film Breakthrough. It’s about someone whose friend or loved is going through difficult times in life and lets them know that they’re not alone. The slow but optimistic music has a great composition. The lyrics are poetic and well-written. Chrissy Metz’s voice is soulful and gentle, which suits the style of the songs magnificently. She did a fantastic job with the music and lyrics. 

Into the Unknown  
Music & Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez 
Performed by Idina Menzel featuring Aurora 
Movie: Frozen II

Into the Unknown, the song from Frozen II is about knowing oneself. It’s about taking a chance or a leap of faith. The lyrics are a metaphor about identity and discovering where one stands in society or, in this case, a kingdom. Idina Menzel and Aurora’s voices are an incredible blend of powerful singing that is complimentary. The music is wavy, without being too fast, that reflects the journey of self-discovery. Impressive work by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez. 

Stand Up  
Music & Lyrics by Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo 
Performed by Cynthia Erivo 
Movie:  Harriet

Stand Up is a song that is about standing up for one’s principles, especially when circumstances may not allow it. The lyrics are empowering, which complements the storyline of the movie Harriet. The words are well-written, full of passion and inspiration. The music has a powerful sound because it reflects the importance of standing up to injustice and oppression. Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo did an excellent job with the music and lyrics of Stand Up.

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