“I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.”
If you don’t know much about Beyoncé, then know this: she is a force to be reckoned with. One of very few artists who always pushes boundaries through her creativity and one to always speak her mind. When HBO announced the world premiere of LEMONADE (now available on iTunes) on Saturday, April 23, 2016, fans were left wondering what exactly LEMONADE was.
LEMONADE is the singer’s new album, which premiered as a visual album on HBO. Not only did this album deliver, but shocked and wowed fans everywhere.
From the beginning, we’re introduced to a vulnerable woman down on her knees, make-up stripped away, full of raw emotion and suspicion, which is the driving force behind this entire album.
Throughout the intro of Pray You Catch Me, two words appear on the screen, Intuition and Denial, and with these words she tells you of her struggle. Her struggle to change, to be someone else, and her transformation. Yet, there’s one question on her mind which still remains unanswered; Are you cheating on me?
These are the last words you hear before Beyoncé emerges from behind two heavy doors with water rushing past her bare feet. Hold Up begins and she sings to the man she loves and tells him just how deep that love for him runs.
Within every song on this visual album, we’re given a piece of a puzzle. These pieces include love, betrayal, anger, jealousy, forgiveness and redemption.
LEMONADE also gives fans a rare glimpse into Beyoncé’s private life. With Daddy Lessons, her southern roots finally emerge in this country track, a first for the Houston born singer. One theme also begins to become more and more apparent as the album progresses. Although noticeable from the start, the theme finally unfolds when a private family video shows her grandmother, Hattie, celebrating her 90th birthday surrounded by family and friends and is seen giving a speech:
“I’ve had my ups and downs, but I always find the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.”
With this speech we finally understand who LEMONADE was truly inspired by and the meaning behind it; strength. Something hard for women to find in our darkest of times yet, always within us.