My Dear John Letter to Gwen Stefani
Hey there Gwen. Soooooo, I just listened to your new songs. I think it's time you and I part ways.
This may seem sudden, but to be honest, since that last No Doubt album, Push and Shove, my heart just hasn’t been in it. It seems we want different things.Don’t worry, I won’t revoke your status as a “RuggedAngel”. You will always be a member of this club. I just can’t get behind this new sound. It’s not to say that your new album won’t be successful, I’m sure it will. There is a new breed of music lovers. And at the risk of sounding like a senior citizen, I just don't get these kids today.
But boy, did we have some really great years together though. All of the other No Doubt albums and your earlier solo albums will continue to bring back memories of my carefree youth. You taught me that I could be the kooky, yet feminine tomboy that I knew was, but too afraid to let shine.
It was the year after I graduated from high school when I saw you first burst on to the scene in the video for “Just A Girl”. You and that song became a part of my Girl Power template. I wore out my copy of Tragic Kingdom and had to buy a new one. So, I actually bought that CD twice. You're welcome.
Return of Saturn came out and I was worried that you guys would be cursed with the sophomore slump. But quite the opposite, and I was thrilled! That album was like my diary, set to music! I could place an ex boyfriend with each and every one of those songs. It was then, I realized, that YOU GOT ME. Or, you just happened to have dated all the same dudes that I had.
Rock Steady is still one of my favorite soundtracks for my pre-gaming.But since I'm older and married, I do much less partying these days. And that's ok. Sometimes I just put it on to make me feel like I'm going out. And when I thought you couldn’t get any more awesome, I do a song with PRINCE!
I have been rooting for you from day one. Sure, you made some questionable fashion choices along the way. But WE ALL DID. That’s what your 20s are for. By the by, you have since more than made up for those fashion stumbles. Even when you started dating my number one 90s crush, Gavin Rossdale, I couldn’t hate on you. It just made me love you even more.
When you went off to do your own thing and released Love Angel Music Baby, I was worried. Sure Gwen is awesome, but can she hold down an entire album on her own? No doubt she can. When I'm feeling lazy, I put on "What You Waiting For" and kick my day into high gear. I’m still not too sure what a "Hollaback Girl" is, but I will always sing B-A-N-A-N-A-S while writing my grocery list.
Thank you for the 20 years of excellent music that is great for partying, chilling, and motivating. Nothing can ever take that away from us. It’s just… your new music reminds me of Anime….and I HATE Anime.
It’s not you. It’s me.
"Just A Girl" will always be sung at the top of my lungs every time it comes on. You will continue to be pinned as a style icon on my Pinterest board. And out of respect to you, I will keep Gavin off of my 'list'.
I will always speak fondly of you and our time together.
Love Angel Music Baby,