Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 6

Reader’s voice:

What’s that sound that I hear? 

Is someone flogging a dead horse?

No…its Now That’s What I call Financial Independence 6!

The Escape Artist is back once again in the guise of a music critic from the NME…armed with earnest prose, tortuous metaphors and psycho-babble to review more classic songs about financial independence.

Rich Girl (Gwen Stefani)

Being human, we’re often inconsistent in how we think about money.  Gwen Stefani shows some of these confusions here, as she illustrates the consumerist attitude that spending more money = happiness.

Its almost as if Gwen has not fully taken on board my earlier article where I explained that Spending doesn’t bring Happiness. Which is odd, as I thought the article was quite clear.

Gwen should know that money cant buy love, happiness or great abs.

Gold Digger (Kanye West featuring Jamie Fox)

In the journey to FI, its vital to have The Talk with your partner about your objectives, values and priorities. This helps ensure you are aligned on your journey to financial independence. 

True, this is not the most politically correct song ever written. But there is wisdom as well as comedy in the lyrics.

My Humps (Black Eyed Peas)

You may have seen the sad story of Tim, the lawyer who wrote to The Guardian explaining that his job was killing him and pleading with his stay-at-home wife to share the load.

What could possibly possess an intelligent grown man to work himself into an early grave in this way?

It’s quite the mystery. But perhaps The Black Eyed Peas can shed some light on this?

Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves (Aretha Franklin & Annie Lennox)

Could Tim’s wife get a job? Yes.

Could she earn more than Tim? Yes.

So what’s stopping her? Good question.

No Scrubs (TLC)

If only there were some guidance out there to help people on the path to financial independence refine their criteria for selecting a long term partner.

Wait…what’s this??

I want your love (Transvision Vamp)

Speaking with authority as a high earning career woman and rainmaker herself, Wendy James advises Walking Wallets against competing in the dating market via cars, spending and possessions.

The intelligence, energy and earning power that Wendy displays are awesome. Throw in looks that could turn Julian Clary straight…and what’s not to like?

Glamorous (Fergie)

Fergie has enough fame, celebrity and glamour to realise that those are not the most important things in life.

Fergie combines loyalty to her family and friends with tough love and solid financial advice. She advises against shopping and partying until you are at least out of debt and have a cash emergency fund:

If you ain’t got no money, take your broke ass home

Where did Fergie get her great attitude from?  In the song Fergie reveals her father’s example, attitudes and advice as being key to understanding her money blueprint.

Material Girl (Madonna)

One of the biggest obstacles to financial independence is choosing the wrong partner. Sadly, lots of guys follow a sucker strategy in the mating market, competing on the basis of ridiculous spending.

Be warned.  If you end up attracting, marrying and enabling the character that Madonna artfully portrays in this song, then you will never achieve financial independence. She will get the gold mine and you will get the shaft.

The Escape Artist always admired Madonna. She is hard-working, intelligent and talented.  And financially independent without relying on a man.

Jenny From The Block (Jennifer Lopez)

Talking of strong, financially independent women…here Jennifer Lopez explains the benefits of social mobility.

J Lo has done the work.  She’s not afraid. She came from poverty and what didn’t kill her, made her stronger. These days she has bling (rocks) but she knows that diamonds are not a girl’s best friend.  She doesn’t need the rocks as validation.

You can take the girl out of the hood.  But you can’t take the hood out of the girl.

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  1. How about some grime from Dizzee?

    Everybody wants to be famous,
    Nobody wants to be nameless, aimless,
    People act shameless
    Tryna live like entertainers,
    Want a fat crib with the acres,
    So they spend money that they ain’t made yet,
    Got a Benz on tick that they ain’t paid yet,
    Spend their paycheck
    In the west out on a weekend
    Got no money by the end of the weekend.
    But they don’t care cause their life is a movie,
    Starring Louis V, paid for by yours truly,
    Truthfully, it’s a joke, like a bad episode of hollyoaks,
    Can’t keep up with the cover notes,
    So they got bad credit livin’ on direct debit in debt
    They still don’t get it
    Cause they too busy livin’ the high life, the night life
    Huggin’ the high when livin’ it large
    And they all say

    1. Hadn’t heard that one before. I like it, thanks!

      ps subsequently included in Now! 7

  2. Good effort. If there’s going to be a NTWICFI-7, how about Merle Travis’s Sixteen Tons (about the importance of getting out of debt)?

    1. Thank you…and its “when” not “if” 😉

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