Do you have any personal anthems? Songs that hold special meaning for you?
In September I posted about Project Truly Brave, which involved Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper performing a mashup of their hits “Brave” and “True Colors.” Each of these songs is surely the personal anthem of many—and now “Truly Brave” has also hit that mark.
More recently Aretha Franklin came out with a collection of covers (“Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics”) that includes a couple quasi-mashups of anthemic tunes. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” for example, has a little “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” added to it; Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” gets a bit of Destiny Child’s “Survivor.”
Well, I thought it would be fun to create my own mashup—though I can see no way of doing it other than, using a bunch of lyrical excerpts, making one ginormous “poem.” In other words, fortunately for you, there’ll be no video involving me (or anyone else, for that matter) singing.
Although not all my selected songs have been anthemic specifically for me, they have been for others. One such example is Katy Perry‘s “Firework,” which a young pianist with autism, Jodi DiPiazza, got the singer to perform with her a couple years ago for a Comedy Central benefit. Update, June 2015: As far as I know, the clip is no longer available.
My compilation, presented below, includes a few different themes: Being and Accepting Yourself, Strength and Surviving, and Love/Friendship. The hyperlinks denote the titles of personal anthems excerpted.
You don’t have to feel
Like a waste of space.
Cannot be replaced. (Firework)
(Ain’t this my world to be who I choose?) (I’m Beautiful)
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe.
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity. (The Greatest Love of All)
I get knocked down. But I get up again. You’re never gonna keep me down. (Tubthumping)
Every road is a slippery slope
There is always a hand that you can hold on to.
Looking deeper through the telescope
You can see that your home’s inside of you. (93 Million Miles)
How about you? Mashable or not, what personal anthems resonate with you?