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"Young and Beautiful" (CD Single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Young and Beautiful" is Lana Del Rey's contribution to The Great Gatsby soundtrack. As the soundtrack's first single, it received a lot of radio-play and quickly rose up the iTunes charts. Over strings and percussion, Del Rey plaintively sings about a life of luxury and her insecurities about aging, pleading with a lover to stay with her even when she's no longer young and beautiful. An artful music video featuring Del Ray in 1920s-era costuming and interspersed shots of a shadowy orchestra is somber but suitable for all ages.
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What's the story?
Lana Del Rey's somber ballad "YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL" was released as the first single off Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film The Great Gatsby. Over swirling strings and percussion, Del Ray sings nostalgically about a luxurious lifestyle of diamonds and fame and exposes her insecurities about aging and fading beauty. The song is directed to a lover, whom Del Rey asks if he'll still want her when she's no longer young and beautiful, before responding with a series of "I know you will"s. Her pensive recollections of a life of wealth and fame and haunting self-doubt cast the song in a sad, reflexive light.
Is it any good?
This slow-burning ballad carries a lot of weight beneath its glossy finish. Lush strings and muted percussion beautifully complement Del Rey's soulful vocals, which convey the sad desperation of a woman coming to terms with the loss of her youth and beauty. It's a bummer of a song, but haunting enough to cast a mood on the listener for hours afterwards, and it has enough melodic impact to get stuck in your head for days.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the single supports The Great Gatsby. How does the song's message align with the movie?
Discuss the tone of the song. What are some of the adjectives that come to mind?
Do you think Lana Del Rey will be an enduring artist? Discuss some of the challenges of sustaining a music career in the digital age.