Solange - Lovers in the Parking Lot
I am kind of fascinated by this song, especially the rhythm in which she sings the verses. At first I thought it was just catchy, but after further analysis I realized that it is almost entirely iambic. As follows:
(audible breath) Left your heart behind when I laid eyes and said I’m up and done
The young just live and don’t look back or wait for anyone
I couldn’t help but think of a certain phrase of Shakespeare (because who doesn’t think of him with iambs) from Romeo and Juliet (I don’t know why this particular phrase, but it works in my head) that I can imagine her singing in this rhythm (I have altered the line breaks to fit her pattern since her song is not in pentameter):
O, be some other name! What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet; So Romeo
You have to imagine the words being spoken at the same speed as her as well, with the second lines delivery being slightly faster, with a slightly different cadence.
After this, of course, Solange changes up her rhythm for a few lines before returning to such a steady, iambic rhythm. Looking at Shakespeare, the lines could be edited to fit her rhythm, but I just liked the way they seem to fit together. I like the idea of a Shakespearean play being done in the style of this song and what she does on her EP.