January 25, 2018

#MeToo: What started as a Twitter trend is now a worldwide sensation and, more importantly, a social revolution, occurring before our very eyes. Women from every corner of the world — of every race, religion, nationality, social status, political affiliation.... — have joined hands to form a massive, unignorable front whose united voice screams out, "Time's up! Enough is Enough." This unstoppable force has destroyed the careers of more than one vicious male predator. And yet sexual assault continues. Women continue to be victimized and objectified.

But women aren't giving up — and musicians aren't, either. In the spirit of Lady Gaga's "Til It Happens to You" and Kesha's "Prayer," artists continue to respond to the climate of social change -- or at least the need for social change -- by including such themes, and their own thoughts and opinions on them, in new releases.

The latest artist to contribute? Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Alice Minguez, who recently released "Racine Roulette," (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MbkobcKenQ) a dark track full of raw emotion — with an ending that will make you literally gasp. It features a steadily percussive piano progression, guest guitar work, and sound effects that range from church bells to the racing beat of a human heart. The overall result is as haunting and disturbing as it is heartbreaking. You may want to have a box of tissues nearby.

Alice says the song was not written about her. In fact, she reports that the inspiration for the song came from a poem that a close friend of hers wrote. When Alice read it, she knew she had to do something — so she turned it into lyrics and got to work.

Alice insists that the real beauty of the music of the #MeToo movement is that it gives a voice — an outlet, a mode of expression — to the many, many women who can strongly relate to the #MeToo movement but are unwilling or unable to speak out, for various (completely legitimate and completely respectable) reasons.

This isn't the only song Alice is passionate about. Her entire debut album, Music That Matters, is, as the title suggests, planned to be a set of what Alice calls important music "that makes you really feel stuff." Alice believes her mission as an artist is to treat her fans to music that is simultaneously impactful, emotional, meaningful, and awesome. And "Racine Roulette" certainly fits the bill.

Alice invites everyone to check out "Racine Roulette" and her other new song releases on SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/alice-minguez) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw4IAGUPZ57m_Xfo6yQmU-Q?spfreload=10). Keep an eye out for more coming soon!

Follow Alice on Twitter (https://twitter.com/aliceminguez?lang=en) and Smule Sing! Karaoke (https://www.smule.com/AliceMinguez). She is also active on both ProCollabs and Vocalizr.


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