November 20, 2010

Anthems, Individuality, and Finding a Message

Everyone needs an anthem.  Well, actually I am of the opinion that it's good to have several so you've got all your moods covered.  I may have found a new one that I wish more people would embrace.

Having left my MP3 player in the car, I turned on the radio while climbing in the tub before heading out on the town last night.  Unfortunately, living where I do, Top 40 is really my only option when it comes to over the air music.  Eh, it's noise, and now and again there's something that does end up grabbing my attention.  As was the case last night.

Say what you want about Katy Perry, but that girl rocks my face off.  She's got a new single called "firework".  I heard it and fell in love.  I think it might have even taken the place that Nikki and Rich's "Next Best Thing" previously occupied.  It's at least tied with it.  Here.  Rather than just talk about it, take a listen/watch.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my new anthem.  Despite being catchy with a beat you can dance to, it has a message.  Stand up, be yourself.  Work it.  Own it.  Make your own mark.  After a hurricane comes a rainbow.  Katy, your timing is perfect.

It's perfect because it seems that in recent months, bullying and suicide have been all over the news.  Our nation is consuming its own individuality and embracing mediocrity.  Have you seen the "it gets better" video?  I am not one to have leaky eyes, but this really got to me.  My hurts suffered in my life don't compare to Joel Burns' and I won't be so egotistical to sit behind my keyboard and compare them on the same page.  But, if my pains felt the way they did, I can't imagine what he went through. And THAT is why he got my eyes to leak.

I suppose what I'm getting at is this.  Find a message.  If it's a book, a song, a person, an idea, I'm not one to care what you grab on to.  Find something that speaks to you.  This world is too full of people who are afraid to live life as exactly who they are, and that's a damn shame.

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