“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.

From “Brave,” Sara Bareilles

You can be amazingYou can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drugYou can be the outcastOr be the backlash of somebody’s lack of loveOr you can start speaking upNothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words doWhen they settle ‘neath your skinKept on the inside and no sunlightSometimes a shadow winsBut I wonder what would happen if you
Say what you wanna sayAnd let the words fall outHonestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to sayAnd let the words fall outHonestly I wanna see you be brave

From “True Colors,” Cyndi Lauper

You with the sad eyesDon’t be discouraged, oh I realizeIt’s hard to take courageIn a world full of peopleYou can lose sight of it allThe darkness inside youCan make you feel so small
Show me a smile thenDon’t be unhappyCan’t remember whenI last saw you laughingThis world makes you crazyAnd you’ve taken all you can bearJust call me up‘Cause I will always be there
And I see your true colorsShining throughI see your true colorsAnd that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them showYour true colorsTrue colors are beautiful

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: Response to the crowdfunding project thus far has been, not surprisingly, amazing.

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

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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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