By Megan Minutillo, Guest Blogger
LoLo. She’s a Weapon for Saturday. She’s a Year Round Summer of Love. She’s FIERCE. She means what she says. She’s got heart.
What the hell am I talking about?
I’m talking about one of the many amazing songs that are on this songstress’ new album.
LOLO, the one and only! Image from theburninggear.com
For those of you who don’t know, I am a playwright. A screenwriter. A storyteller. The only thing that I cannot do is write music. But if I were to put words and hopes and frustrations and dreams into something with a melody and a harmony – something that you could hum to in the shower, something that you would strum to as you were getting for the big game, the big interview, the big MEETING of your life-- well, it would be everything that LoLo creates.
I am unabashed in saying that this woman is a friend. But you know what, at I AM THAT GIRL, that’s something to be celebrated. Celebrating the success of our sisters, our mothers, our daughters, and our friends. But, my faithful readers, you should know this: I was a fan of this girl, this musician, this songstress before we ever sat down for a cup of coffee or a heart to heart.
Her music, well, it was given to me by a person who thought I needed it when I was going through a rough time. I’m talking really dark, horrible, terrible type of time. Something that I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy, and yet LoLo’s voice, her song, her message came across the airwaves and my friends said, “MEG, you need to hear this. This is speaking about you. This is speaking to you. Your story. Your life.”
Because, that’s the type of singer she is, that LoLo. She speaks to everyone. There’s some part of her song that will resonate with a wide variety of people, from all walks of life. No nonsense, no pretense – just heart, soul, and grit – her songs are about the rawness of humanity that we all experience, whether or not you realize it, and it’s the rawness that we all crave. And that rawness is delivered to you perfectly in every song that she touches.
"Weapon for Saturday" is the first song that has been released on iTunes on this album, and it’s brilliant. The entire song is absolutely outstanding. But the lyrics that stand out:
And I’m taking what’s mine,
I won’t go down without a fight
You can try to tie my hands
I will break the knots that surround them
It’s about empowerment. It’s about fighting for what you believe. It’s about rising above the confines that we find ourselves in, the boxes that people love to put us in.
Girls, women, and my female readers everywhere: life is not pretty. It is not neat, nor is it tidy. It’s a mash up and a mess of all of the colors in the rainbow, and that is ok, for who really wants to color inside the lines anyway?
"Weapon for Saturday" is your anthem to coloring outside the lines. It’ll give you strength. It’ll give you a renewed sense of faith. It’ll remind you that there are women out there who feel your pain, who hear your cries, who will celebrate your success, and will bask in your strength.
Go take a listen; you will not be sorry.
About Megan: Megan Minutillo is a playwright, director, and founder of the arts and education site, The Write Teacher(s). Her articles have appeared in HelloGiggles, So Worth Loving, I Am the Modern Career Girl, and Glass Heel. She is currently at work adapting her show, Ghosts in My Vodka, into a musical.