Alicia Keys has always been an inspiration to me. Her songwriting abilities have conquered many a night where I have felt all kinds of emotions. She has really created a masterpiece to me with the first single out of her new album, Girl on Fire. It is now the song that I listen to every day to find motivation and drive to keep going and reach my daily and long-term goals. It has become a part of my life. Move aside, Katniss Everdeen, I‘m the girl on fire. My love for this song and its lyrics are what made me expect something more passionate and amazing from the music video, maybe even real fire, but I was actually let down by the gorgeous crooner and her creative team.
You see, the song has three versions. There is the one that is heard on the video, the one that has Nicki Minaj on it–the Inferno version, and the one without paino and drums–the Bluelight version. I prefer the Nicki Minaj one, even though I am not a fan of the Minaj, because it’s very fiery and could have had an amazing concept. However, Alicia Keys brought us this music video. She plays a wife and mother that stays at home, but still looks fabulous. Let me just clear up and say that I have absolutely no problems with housewives and stay-at-home mothers, but this song could bring inspiration to any kind of woman; the one who is CEO, the one who works construction, the one who drives trucks, the one who trades stocks, the one who goes to college to get a career (and not a husband). I wanted more from this music video.