Flashback Fridays: Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind (Part II)

Broken Down (BET COVID-19 Relief Effort)

American artist Alicia Keys Has rereleased a famous song Empire State of Mind (Part II), released to help BET fund a COVID-19 Relief Effort. 

The music is R&B/Soul. The piano in the background is soothing, which reflects the positive vibes of “everything is going to be okay.” The composition is a structured one of music and speech within the video. The rhythm has a natural and smooth flow to it. The acoustic performance of this beautiful song feels personal and intimate, which gives the song a distinctive touch that honours the city, now more than ever.

Alicia Keys’ voice is incredible and engaging. She sings with passion and style. One can truly hear her pride in being a New Yorker. There’s a personal touch when the actors’ perspective about life in New York City, which makes it genuine and from the heart. 

The lyrics celebrate and honour New York City beautifully. Although I’m not from NYC, I love this city very much. The song describes in exquisite detail the beauty of an incredible city. Also, there’s a sense of hope and inspiration, which is essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. It favours the concept of being yourself, being true to who you are. Having gone recently there to celebrate my birthday, I felt an even deeper connection to the words of this magnificent song. It’s a timeless piece.

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