Of the many common themes of musical lyricism, love in its many forms stands out as arguably the most common of all the overarching themes of music. When speaking of classic examples of love in music, there’s simply too many examples to speak of. Musical icons such as Johnny Cash, The Beatles, The Cure and even more recent examples such as Sam Smith and Taylor Swift have all covered the many complex and often complicated aspects of love and affection.

 

However, one artist is redefining both sexuality and love in music while also delivering a message of inclusion and loving someone regardless of societal expectations. FLETCHER, a New Jersey-born artist of singles entitled “War Paint” and “Wasted Youth” is very vocal regarding sexual fluidity and the entire process of “coming out”.

 

In a recent interview with Billboard, FLETCHER stated that she feels the entire process of “coming out” and one having go to out of their way to identify as LGBT should be antiquated.

“It’s really important to just be talking about sexuality, because the more we talk about it and it’s normalized, the more the next generation will never have to come out. It’s so stupid that people have to even come out. The more we talk about it, the less in the future that will have to happen.”

 

Her position of sexual fluidity is certainly present in her excellent art and videos. In her video for my personal new jam “Wasted Youth”, FLETCHER and another woman with whom she is romantic with gallivant across Los Angeles as clips and home videos of FLETCHER’s childhood are interspersed with the love story being told.

 

Never once in the video does the fact that FLETCHER and her lover being lesbians are emphasized or otherwise explicitly stated. They’re just two young people who genuinely enjoy each other’s company and do various fun-filled actions across the city including visiting a laundromat, visiting a late-night diner and watching the sunrise on a rooftop.

 

From a lyrical standpoint, FLETCHER doesn’t use any gender-specific pronouns and instead focuses on the aspect of love as a whole regardless of the genders of the paramours.

 

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Instead, A recurring and simple yet powerful phrase repeated throughout the  “Wasted Youth” is “It’s my life/If I’m gonna waste it/ Gonna waste it on you/ It’s my life/ If I’m gonna waste it/ I’ll be wasted on you.”

 

In another song of FLETCHER’s entitled “War Paint”, she addresses similar themes of singing about love of all types without addressing gender while using a few popular culture references such as Bonnie and Clyde. From FLETCHER’s own annotations on Genius, she writes that War Paint is about “that moment you realize you’re willing to do whatever it takes to prove to that special someone you’re the one for them” and “that’ll you fight for them for the rest of your life.”

 

If you haven’t checked out FLETCHER, you certainly should. Her lyrics are both meaningful to those who haven’t yet come to terms with their sexuality, to those in passionate love with someone else and her music is just catchy.

 

Are you a FLETCHER fan? If so, Tweet me at @CaptainKasoff because “Wasted Youth” is certainly my jam now.