“Project Truly Brave”: An Important New Mashup Anthem

If you don’t watch the Today Show regularly, you may have missed their recent “Shine the Light” spots regarding pediatric cancer, the leading cause of death of those under 15. Recently, for example, correspondent Hoda Kotb, a breast cancer survivor, organized “Project Truly Brave,” which involved asking two well-known singers to create a musical anthem for kids battling this serious illness.

Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper collaborated on mashing up their popular and rousing tunes “Brave” and “True Colors” in order to create Project Truly Brave. The following excerpts are samples of their lyrics:

Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is 

From “Brave,” Sara Bareilles

If this world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
You call me up
Because you know I’ll be there

And I’ll see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show

From “True Colors,” Cyndi Lauper

On Thursday the finished video was revealed. It features the now-completed song “Truly Brave” as well as the playful participation of some of the kids being treated at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This one’s definitely worth watching:

Bottom line: Kotb requests that you watch the music video on https://www.crowdrise.com/hoda and then donate to the American Cancer Society. Response to the project thus far has been, not surprisingly, amazing.

Next step: How do we get this song to be available for purchase?

2 thoughts on ““Project Truly Brave”: An Important New Mashup Anthem

  1. I did get tomseemthisnon the Today Show, but it is worth watching again. 2 other blogs I follow are written by moms with a child who has/had cancer (one has passed away). They also posted links to this video, but expressed that while they are grateful for the awareness being raised for pediatric cancer, they were disappointed that Hoda had chosen ACS as a charity to donate money to, since ACS only spends 1-2% of money received on research for pediatric cancer.

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