Roar is rallying cry to empower angst-ridden, hormonal tweens against things that’re holding them back, crushing their spirit blah, blah, blah. Not to be confused with Katy’s last big hit, Firework, which was a rallying cry to empower angst-ridden, hormonal tweens against things that’re holding them back, crushing their spirit blah, blah, blah until sparks fly out of their boobs.
Brave, on the other hand, isn’t aimed at tweens; its heartfelt message is for young and old alike. It’s an emotionally rich, catchy anthem that will make you smile. It’s much more sophisticated than Katy’s Xerox copy. The Brave video is upbeat too, inspirational, and quirky. At its core, the song tells listeners: be true to yourself. Be brave; tell people what’s on your mind!
Let your words be anything but empty… Why don’t you tell them the truth? Say what you wanna say… And let the words fall out… Honestly, I wanna see you be brave…
Ah Sara, that’s easy for you to sing. In reality there’s a fine line between brave and just plain stupid.
“Honey, normally I wouldn’t say anything in this situation,” you suddenly tell your wife, boldly, with conviction. “But Sara Bareilles says I should be brave, so… you do look fat in those jeans, real fat.”
Brave? Or are you a complete idiot?
It was Thumper, the cartoon bunny in the animated classic Bambi, who offers up an opposing viewpoint, reminding us: “If you can’t say somethin’ nice about a person, don’t say nothin’ at all.” Thumper was apparently well versed in the art of sucking up. He probably went on to great things in the corporate world.
I’ve been doing a lot of “sayin’ nothin’ at all” lately. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older and calmer or four years of therapy but I keep my mouth shut a lot more and as a result I get along better with more people.
But I’ve lost a big piece of myself in the process. I’m not me, not the me I used to know anyway. I’m essentially lying to everyone and lying to myself. I've sold out. I’ve been neutered. I’m an opinion eunuch. I’ve had my viewpoint surgically removed and that’s a painful operation.
Sara, I get it. We should be honest to ourselves and to others, open up and speak our minds. Personally, I’d love to feel free enough to do just that. But I want to stay married and employed and able to get around without the use of crutches.
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