You are about to hear the song being hailed as the next big GLBTI anthem. Time to make space on your iPod because there will be no escaping this catchy tune.
“Brave” is the feel-good, upbeat latest offering from singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, the first single to be released from her new album The Blessed Unrest.
With lyrics like these there was never any question that the song would take off: “You can be amazing / You can turn a phrase in to a weapon or a drug / You can be the outcast/ Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love /Or you can start speaking up.
“Say what you wanna say / And let the words fall out / Honestly I just wanna see you be brave.”
The song is co-written by Jack Antonoff of the band Fun. Bareilles says a close friend who was struggling to come out inspired the lyrics.
She told The Huffington Post: ”Watching that process made me consider how much of ourselves we feel the need to hide from each other on a daily basis. It made me want to express support and encouragement for the idea of speaking out for your authentic self… whomever that may be.
“I think there’s so much honor and integrity and beauty in being able to be who you are.” She continues, saying music is the “ultimate unifier, it has a way of elevating and giving voice to what can be found in the collective consciousness and in its best moments, it encourages people to come together.”
Antonoff spoke of the importance of GLBTI anthems in an online promotional video saying, “I’ll always internalize it as a real civil rights anthem at a time when there are no civil rights anthems and there’s a giant need for [one].”
| Sarah Murphy