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     So earlier this week, I came across the song "Same Love"  by Macklemore (a hip hop artist), and producer Ryan Lewis,featuring Mary Lambert. It compelled me so much that I had to write about it.

     The song opens with a chorus harmonizing as a clarinet gently plays a single note. After a few measures of the chorus/clarinet duo a bright yet modest piano comes in with a simple melody and adds texture to the introduction. Then some chimes come in to add even more brightness to the beginning of this song, which I found inspiring and whimsical. There is a brief drone from some string instruments before the melody comes in, being played by the piano. 

     The melody is hopeful and bright, like the message that is revealed throughout the song. The piano establishes the melody, which repeats throughout the verses. Then Macklemore begins to rap about how in the third grade he thought he was gay because he did certain things that are traditionally feminine things such as drawing and keeping his room tidy. He goes on to describe the stereotypes that come with being straight and gay and how "right wing conservatives think it's (homosexuality) is a decision and how you can be cured with some treatment and religion". He elaborates on how the Bible is used to persecute homosexual people and how the United States is fearful to embrace them. Towards the end of the verse, Mary Lambert vocalizes with a bright (ba ba ba ba) before coming in to sing the chorus. 

     The music of the chorus is joined by some wind instruments and a 4 by 4 (think your typical pop song with beats 2 and 4 being accented with a percussion).The chorus is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful parts of the song. It resonates with homosexual people who are persecuted for who they are and are told to change their sexual orientation. The first part of the chorus says:

"And I can't change, even if I tried. 

Even if I wanted to. 

I can't change. 

Even if I try." 

     The message is as well sung as it is powerful. That is the voice of homosexual people when they are told that they are an abomination and that they should change. It is humble in its statement of a fact many intolerant and hateful people refuse to recognize: sexual orientation is not a choice. 

     The chorus continues when Mary Lambert describes "[her] love" (presumably her romantic partner) and how she keeps her warm, showing that love is love, regardless of the genders of the people involved. 

     The song goes back into another verse with Macklemore, rapping about the homosexual-hating comments made by major hip-hop artists and comments left on Youtube videos. This brings up the issue of people using hate speech so often, it becomes normal, even accepted language by some. 

     Macklemore then raps about the importance of ALL human rights (and his support for them), stating "no freedom till we're equal, damn right I support it". He references the walk-outs and sit-ins made during the 1960s in protest of the racism that poisoned society. After Macklemore raps, the instrumentals take over for a few measures, before Mary Lambert sings her powerful chorus again. 

     Afterwards, Macklemore tackles another issue plaguing the gay community: teen suicides. This one struck a particular chord with me. Whenever I hear of a gay teen that committed suicide because he/she couldn't handle the hateful bullying they endured, I break down. The idea of someone committing suicide because they aren't accepted by their peers is a horrible. No person, gay or straight, young or old should feel their life is worthless because they're different. We're ALL different, in one way or another. 

     Following another repetition of the chorus, Mary Lambert sings a verse, a refreshing and welcome change. She repeats the phrase "love is patient, love is kind" while another recording of her voice is layered on top, singing "I'm not crying on Sundays", possibly making a reference to not feeling excluded during church sermons, where anti-homosexual messages are spread. The song then ends with the piano playing a bright, soft chord. 

     As a music enthusiast, I give this song an 11/10. Why? For one, I absolutely loved the crossing of various genres. There are instruments associated with classical music used throughout with a lead male vocalist rapping! What's more, Macklemore doesn't rap about the typical things that are rapped about nowadays, such as promiscuity, money, clubbing, drinking, violence and drugs. His rapping about a positive message is indeed refreshing and inspiring. Mary Lambert's softer but equally powerful vocals counterbalance well with Macklemore's rapping. 

     Above the music and the artists involved, the message of tolerance and love resounded strongly to me. As a passionate advocate for human rights, I care very much about the gay community and the advancement of their rights. A person is a person and we all deserve to not be hated because of who we are. Just like racism and sexism, anti-homosexuality is unwarranted. Homosexuality is not an abomination, but hate is. 

I encourage you all to listen to this beautiful song and receive its message of love. The lyrics are so moving, so be sure to read along! 

Follow the link below to watch the video with lyrics:

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Comment by Diana Abou-Saleh on November 15, 2013 at 10:13pm

I really love this song too! The melody is so captivating and the lyrics are really moving! To me, it's one of those songs that if you're in a bad mood, it'll definitely relax you and cheer you up! 

Comment by Cynthia Amaya on August 4, 2013 at 8:26pm

I love this song!

Recently, Mary Lambert has released a single by the name "She Keeps Me Warm" that is pretty much an elaboration of her chorus in "Same Love". If you haven't listened to it, you definitely should. It's incredibly beautiful. 

Comment by Rachel Jackson on July 29, 2013 at 10:25am





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