Beyoncé- I Was Here “I Was Here” is a song recorded by Beyoncé. It was written by Diane Warren, while production was handled by Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle and Kuk Harrell; Beyoncé is credited on the vocal production. This song is a reflective ballad in which Beyoncé vulnerably reviews her past, wanting to leave an impact on the world before her life comes to an end. Described as a “career song” by Warren, its development was motivated by the September 11 attacks in New York. This song charted at number 131 on the UK Singles Chart, 74 on the Swiss Singles Chart, and 44 on the South Korea Gaon International Singles Chart in early July 2011. Later, in 2012, the song also appeared on several charts internationally. A music video for this song was released on August 19, 2012 and it features Beyoncé performing the song live at the United Nations General Assembly while images of volunteers doing humanitarian work were projected on the screen behind her. It was donated to the World Humanitarian Day and aimed to create social media history with one billion people sharing the message of doing something good for another person. Upon its release, it received positive review with music critics who praised the projections, Beyoncé’s vocal performance and her look. This song amassed mixed to positive reviews from critics, most of whom felt the songs messages was too deep for an artist like Beyoncé to sing. I feel like this song has a greater meaning behind it, the fact that she performed this song at the United Nations General Assembly only proves how inspirational she is as an artist. Within the song itself, you can hear the emotion in her voice and how the saddening lyrics are having an effect on her. It is also the same in the music video where you can see tears forming in her eyes as volunteers are shown helping struggling people in the background. This song is a downtempo R ballad that is instrumentally based on synthesizers undercurrent, indie rock guitars, musical keyboards, and big drums provided by Tender and Kutzle. “I Was Here” was written in the key of E-Minor, following a progression of Em-C-D-Dsus-Me-C-Em-C, and Beyoncé’s vocals span two octaves from E3 to E5. The fact that the song is in the key of E-minor simplifies the idea of it being a sad song. The sad chords as well as the sustained D chord would give a sad effect on listeners. Beyoncé wanted this song to be shared around the world and inspire people to help others generously and without expecting anything in return. On July 25, 2012 Beyoncé left a message for her fans on her official website stating “Leave Your Footprints on 19 August 2012”, the opening lyrics to the song. Beyoncé has made impacts across the world since emerging as one of the best-selling artists of all time. She has sold over 170 million records as both a solo artist and member of Destiny’s Child. She was recognised as the Top certified Artist of the 2000s by the RIAA. Alongside her music she’s managed to appear in numerous films, including Oscar winning Dream Girls. She has become a fashion icon after launching an active wear brand with Topshop in August 2015. She has also been an ambassador for the 2012 World Humanitarian Day. Her work for empowering people is something I think is particularly inspirational. Beyoncé has managed to use her status in the public for multiple good-doing causes, such as founding the Survivor Foundation. This foundation was created to help provide transitional housing for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Beyoncé contributed an initial $250,000. Beyoncé along with a variety of other celebrities teamed up and produced a video campaign for “demand a plan” a bipartisan effort by a group of 950 US mayors or others designed to influence the federal government into rethinking its gun control laws, following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. In 2013, it was announced that Beyoncé would work with Salma Hayek and Frida Giannini on a Gucci “Chime for Change” campaign that aims to spread female empowerment. The campaign which aired on February 28, was set to her new music. A concert took place on June 1, 2013 in London and included other acts like Ellie Goulding, Florence and the Machine and Rita Ora. In advance of the concert, she appeared in a campaign video released on May 15, 2013, where she, along with Cameron Diaz, John Legend and Kylie Minogue, described inspiration from their mothers, while a number of other artists celebrated personal inspiration from other women, leading to a call for submission of photos of women of viewers inspiration from which a selection was shown at the concert. Beyoncé said about her mother Tina Knowles that her gift was “finding the best qualities in every human being”. With help of the crowdfunding platform Catapult, visitors of the concert could choose between several projects promoting education of women and girls. Beyoncé is also taking part in “Miss a Meal”, a food-donation campaign and supporting Goodwill charity through online charity auctions at Charitybuzz that support job creation throughout Europe and the U.S. In December 2016, Beyoncé was named the most charitable celebrity of the year. One of Beyoncé’s songs I think is very inspiring is Listen which is featured on the movie Dream Girls. In the movie, Beyoncé’s character Deena Jones sings the song in an expression of independence from her controlling husband. Beyoncé has had a mostly positive impact on society from the start of her career, she is one of the leading women of our time with her Instagram post about her being pregnant boasting an impressive 11.2 million likes. She often posts about her daughter, many of her 110 million followers, believe that Beyoncé is an amazing mother. Lots of young girls aspire to be Beyoncé. She is inspirational, not just through her music but just in her life, she is a very helpful person who a lot of people look up to.