“I'm Elle -- a musician, writer, gamer, video creator, sci-fi fan, and coffeeholic who has put a bunch of music out into the world under the name Reina del Cid.” This is the introduction to Elle Cordova, a rising social media star who gains fans with her unique spin on a variety of topics, many of which will resonate here.
Cordova first caught my attention when she humorously rapped a Star Trek scene, and suddenly I went down a rabbit hole.
One noteworthy video to watch is her cover of Peggy Seeger’s 1970 ode to female engineers, “I’m Gonna Be an Engineer.” With more than 150,000 views on YouTube (really, it should be more!), Cordova sings beautifully while strumming her guitar. And, while we have come a long way on gender equality and pay disparities, unfortunately, some elements of the song still ring true today just as much as in 1970.
Her knowledge of classic literature and science seems to know no bounds – fans online often liken her to renaissance artists who expertly tackled the two genres not often intertwined.
Then came the funny TikTok personification of reference books longing for the old days before technology took over.
And, more recently, with AI all the rage, she took the same spin and brilliantly humanized virtual assistants lamenting about their jobs and being overshadowed by ChatGPT. But a later clip shows the legacy systems have a game plan to take down their successor.
In addition to short videos on TikTok, Instagram and Facebook, you can find a treasure trove of content on her YouTube page where she shares her music, poetry, fun video scripts and more.
If you can’t tell, I’m a huge fan of her creativity and felt it noteworthy to share here. I’m sure many of you will appreciate her unique take on a variety of subjects.