I think the wrong Alicia is singing at Super Bowl XLVII tonight. As much as I'm sure we'll all enjoy Alicia Keys' Super Bowl remix of "Girl on Fire" ("this bowl is on fiiiiiiiiiire!"), I know Alecia Moore, better known as Pink, would actually do the song justice.
Never, ever, ever in a million years could you have told me I’d see the day that I love Alicia Keys' “Girl on Fire” and play it on repeat. Up until a couple of days ago, I DESPISED that song. Forget the girl, Alicia’s singing put my ears on fire. As soon as I’d hear the first note, I’d break my neck to change the station. My entire perspective changed when I discovered this cover by Pink. THIS is how “Girl on Fire” was meant to be heard!
“Girl on Fire” is one of those songs that when you hear it, you feel like, “I can sing it better than Alicia and I can’t even sing!” It’s the song I’ve always wanted to love. It has a positive message, very girl empowerment-esque, big soaring notes and it’s Alicia Keys. I’m an AK fan and I want to love her work, but I could never get into “Girl on Fire” no matter how hard I tried. I like when Chaka Khan and Mary J. scream at me, but Alicia’s screaming doesn’t move me. I just can’t.
Pink comes along and sings “Girl on Fire” into its potential. It sounds like a song you actually want to hear over and over. I even found myself singing along trying to harmonize with the background singers! Pink didn’t just cover this; she made it her own and in that SHE made the song. When I think of the song “I Will Always Love You” I don’t think of Dolly Parton, I think of Whitney Houston. That is Whitney’s song. That’s an EPIC snatch if I’ve ever heard one.
From now on, Pink’s cover of “Girl on Fire” will be the version I think of and hear. Never thought I’d say it, but “Girl on Fire” is a great song.