I’m sure we all reach points where we think we could be on the wrong path, or we can’t make things happen no matter how badly we want them. Maybe the dream isn’t worth it, or it’s too hard, or it just won’t happen in time. Here and there I wonder what life could be if I wasn’t a writer, if I had a desire to do anything else. Then I remember my dream. Sometimes it only takes a connection with someone else to feel revived and ready to run forward. Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry have both given me that connection with a song.
These two entertainers don’t have a lot in common, and neither writes motivating songs per se. Yet each singer has one song unlike their others.
“It’s The Climb” by Miley Cyrus
Cyrus starts with, “I can almost see it, that dream I’m dreaming…” Do you ever feel the realization of your dream is right around the corner? I feel the song mirrors my writing journey, especially when she sings, “There’s always gonna be another mountain. I’m always gonna wanna make it move.” If you’ve chased a big dream for most of your life, like me, you know this feeling well. It’s nice knowing others are climbing their own mountains, and it’s also nice hearing “It ain’t about how fast I get there, ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side. It’s the climb.” It’s the journey. We’ve all heard that a hundred times, and each time it’s more true. “It’s The Climb” reminds me to enjoy life as I live it, not waiting for happiness when I reach the end of the road. What’s the point in that? I write because I love it and enjoy it, but I still need that lesson.
“Firework” by Katy Perry
“Firework” is a faster song with an energetic message. Perry begins with, “Do you ever feel like a plastic bag drifting through the wind?” Later she says, “Do you know there’s still a chance for you? Cause there’s a spark in you. You just gotta ignite…the light…and let it shine.” She encourages us to “own the night like the 4th of July.” I love the imagery here. (I’m not sure what my college professors would think of a paper on the imagery and literary devices in these songs, but heck, both songs are beautiful.)
Two great lines from this song say, “You’re original, cannot be replaced. If you only knew what the future holds…” One of the best encouragements to a writer is realizing each of us has our own, completely unique, world view.
When I listen to “It’s The Climb,” I remember to…well, enjoy the climb. When I hear “Firework,” I feel excited (ignited!) to light up the night. Imagine if these two singers didn’t record these songs. I reflect on that and my own life and think, even if my novels aren’t changing the world, they might affect a life.