Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone” vs Beyonce’s “Halo”

Beyonce “Halo:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnVUHWCynig

For this week’s inspiration, I looked to the three ballads that were set to “Green Leaves” that we listened to on Wednesday. We found that the lyrics of the Jesus ballad and the Lord of Lorn ballad fit to the music well, while the blacksmith ballad’s lyrics did not, which makes sense. Like we said, “Green Leaves” has a very lullaby, sitting-by-the-fireplace-and-knitting feel to it. A ballad about a blacksmith just seems too gritty and rustic for this tune.

Both Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone” and Beyonce’s “Halo” have very similar music, and it was not overlooked by listeners or the artists themselves. The similarity wasn’t planned either, but there’s definitely a reason that the songs have similar music. Ryan Tedder, the singer of OneRepublic, co-wrote both songs. However, there are subtle differences in the music.

Clarkson’s song has string instruments playing the music with drums creating the beat, while Beyonce’s has a piano playing the music with hand claps creating the beat in the background. Still, the music sounds similar enough to have caught the artists’ attention, especially Clarkson who felt bad that her songs was so similar to Beyonce’s.

While the music is very similar, the words are very different. Clarkson sings about a breakup, leaving the person that she loves. They may have loved each other, but they’re better apart. So, she has to leave. Beyonce, on the other hand, sings a song about letting her walls down and giving herself to the man she loves. So, we have breaking up versus giving one’s self to love. Very different words to the same song.

I think it works in either song. In Clarkson’s songs, the notes seem to be drawn out more on the strings, giving a more sad-feel to the song; in Beyonce’s songs, the more staccato piano and clapping sounds more uplifting, which goes with her song’s meaning.

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