- Kelli Dixon
Review: "No Drama" - Joanna Borne
Dealing with conflict can be very draining. All the negative energy slowly eats away at you until there is nothing left. However, a poem I learned as a child exclaims that “you can’t go over it, you have to go through it.” In her upbeat pop track, “No Drama,” Joanna Borne sings about how freeing it feels to be on the other side of a conflict. After reflecting on all that she went through, Borne makes it clear to listeners that she is more than willing to put the past behind her. In fact, she is ready to swerve out of the way should drama ever come for her again. Joanna wrote "No Drama" as an anti-bullying anthem, hoping to bring more awareness to the continuous issue that many people face on a daily basis, but also as an uplifting song for those who need to hear it.
All the aspects of the song illustrate the freedom that Borne is feeling because she has “no drama”. Starting with the instrumentation, you initially hear an upbeat bass line when the first verse begins. When it gets to the chorus, the music seems to burst forth with a trumpet and drums. In the first verse, Borne starts out by giving listeners a sense of the drama she was experiencing with hateful people. She sings, “trying to burn down my name in this town with what you said.” The chorus then starts with the words, “swerve! No drama!” I also liked how the rest of the song progresses because it seems as if Borne is getting further and further away from the conflict. On the bridge, she declares that “this will never get to me.” This song represents overcoming the hurt you've felt because of others and living your life without caring so much about what others might think.
Joanna Borne is passionate about many aspects of her music, one of which is sound quality. In fact, she collaborated with one of Shakira's sound engineers to craft the dance worthy sound on “No Drama.” This is her first release in 2023. If you want to hear more of her, check out her 2022 single, “My Friend.” It has a very relatable message about the negative effects in which technology has on people. It is all the more fitting because Borne’s main goal in writing music is for her listeners to apply the messages in her songs to their own lives. I think she definitely achieves it in these two tracks. Follow all of Borne’s socials down below to be the first to hear of her new releases!
Written By Kelli Dixon
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