P!nk - She Knows Real
Pink On Grammy Red Carpet
Always A Fan
I've always been super excited whenever anything by P!nk drops, or by most things she puts out on social media. There's something incredibly refreshing about her in general, as she is as forthright and forthcoming as she is a badass.
From the time she came on the scene in the late 1990s, Pink has proven herself as being incredibly multidimensional and bold. She makes it clear that she makes no apologies for who she is or for how she looks, nor should she. She's always made unconventional choices, ranging from her sense of fashion - she goes from biker babe to red carpet stunner to serene and fun loving mom - to her music videos. Who can forget "So What?" - the song she put out just six months after her separation from husband Carey Hart? Not only did it feature a cameo appearance from Hart, but it featured her drinking while riding a lawnmower and streaking on the red carpet, both acts that are not exactly for the faint of heart.
Her shows feature amazing acrobatics, and when she sings, she can hit notes with a sexy growl or demonstrate her incredible range without strain at all. Her rendition of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" is still far and away probably one of the best renditions of a cover song that I've heard to date.
But have you ever actually listened to her song lyrics? Pink has a hand in scribing the songs she puts on her albums, and make no mistake - while she's very much a celebrity in that she's very well known for her music and her outspokenness, she's very much the same as anyone else.
And that's why she's become such an enduring performer.
White Rabbit - Can She Be Any Cooler?
'So What?' - She's Freakin' Awesome!
"Don't Let Me Get Me" - She Knows We're Our Worst Enemies
While I love Pink's latest work, like "Today's the Day" (who wouldn't love the line, "I get vicious/When I don't feel delicious") and "Just Like Fire" (a song I used to perform my kata prior to receiving my first degree black belt), I find it's "Don't Let Me Get Me" that's resonating a lot lately.
While everyone can be prone to medical issues such as depression and anxiety, very few will openly sing about it as Pink did. With lines like "I'm my own worst enemy/I wanna be somebody else," Pink is showing that she understands what it's like to struggle with self-doubt to the point where you just think it would be easier to be in someone else's skin. There are mornings were people in general and with anxiety can relate to when Pink sings about not being thrilled with how they look. For that matter, anyone can relate to feeling that way - not just people with mental health issues.
"Every day I fight a war against the mirror/I can't take the person starin' back at me/I'm a hazard to myself," she sings, and everyone can raise their hands up and think "Preach!" because there are those days where we look in the mirror and think we would just sooner be someone else than the person we are because basically, we are far too self-critical. It might be something to give someone else a compliment, but to direct that positive energy back to ourselves can quite frankly be exhausting. True to form, Pink recognizes that we are quite likely going to be the people who do ourselves the most harm by directing the negativity inward before we direct it outward.
While it's hard to believe that Pink might have ever suffered from image issues from being compared to Britney Spears, we all have image issues. There are very few people who are able to look in the mirror and say they are 100 percent comfortable with who they see staring back at them, and Pink is speaking variations on a theme here, largely because she knows there is truth in what she's saying.
In addition, Pink is a very human individual who also is confronted with image critics, largely because she's so squarely in the public eye. She further won much deserved respect a few years ago when she was trolled by individuals criticizing her weight, to which she responded that she was not all that worried about them.
She might be known for her strength and her willingness to stand up against internet bullies, but it's because she takes the time to be relatable through her music that she's just rockin' with so many supporters. Everyone self-sabotages and self-criticizes, from time to time. With songs like "Don't Let Me Get Me" and "Just Like Fire," Pink effectively waves and says, "People, I have the same doubts and worries and insecurities that you all have - it doesn't matter how much money I have, because I'm human too."
Human - and very real. Perhaps we all could use a little more Pink in our lives.