I’m a big fan of Sara Bareilles. From the first time I heard “Love Song,” I was addicted to her pop melodies, clever lyrics and beautiful voice. “Many the Miles” got me through some disappointments, “Gravity” might be the most beautiful song ever — I could go on.
Her new song, “Brave”, isn’t exactly brilliant. She still shows off her insane vocals, but I can’t say it hits my emotional buttons the way “Gravity” or “Winter Song” does. At least, that’s the way I felt until I saw the music video, directed by Rashida Jones.
The music video has a bunch of people being “Brave” by dancing alone in public. But the really awesome, inspring thing about this video for me is that the people featured are of all different ages, races and sizes. No one says “Hey, fat kid, you can’t dance.” None of the dancers are necessarily Hollywood beautiful.
But it’s beautiful to see these people — the type of people you’re most likely to encounter walking through a mall or down the street — represented in media, when they’re usually the ones most likely to be silenced.
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave