In honour of reaching beyond 5000 pageviews, this post is about self-affirmation and doing what you love, and loving what you do.
Corinne Bailey Rae burst onto the music scene with her self-titled debut album in 2006, releasing Girl Put Your Records On. She enjoyed great success with this album and it actually debuted at number one in Britain.
The music video conjures up images of tween innocence, when girls would listen to records in their rooms, ride bikes with their friends in the summer and the warmth that friendship, sweet cinnamon and sipping tea by the roadside can bring. I'm sure in your own lives you have fond childhood memories of spending time with your friends in the summer time, doing activities and just being around your friends, people that understand you.
It comes across in a very subtle way, it doesn't quite visit the same material as Taylor Swift does in her single Fifteen when talking about love, loss of innocence and friendship, I mean Bailey Rae doesn't need to. Girl Put Your Records On speaks more about a girl having the opportunity to do whatever she likes, the freedom of choice and having a strong sense of self to not let some boy come along and make fun of your hair ("gotta love that afro hairdo") and try to mess you about.
Of course, this kind of realisation doesn't come without experiencing some challenges and some knockbacks and no amount of advice beforehand will save you from being hurt or feeling bad in a situation, but at least when you are in it and have the time to reflect, surround yourself with people who will be able to offer you their ears to listen or a shoulder to cry on or a hug to warm your heart.
My favourite part of the song is definitely the bridge that leads to the final chorus:
Just more than I could take
Pity for pity's sake
Some nights kept me awake
I thought that I was stronger
When you gonna realize that you don't even have to try any longer?
Do what you want to
Moral of the story? You don't need to impress people and try to be somebody else. If people don't take you for who you are and accept what you bring to the "table", then they were never meant to understand you. Sometimes we spend so much time "waving flags" to prove to others that we know what we're talking about, that we need to justify the things we do, the words we say and the actions we take; at the end of the day, do what YOU want to do and do what feels right for you.
Be the best of who you want to be.
And for me - that's just being ME.