“Brave” by Sara Bareilles


You may not think this immediately, but Sara Bareilles is one of the most successful artists of the past 20 years. Over the course of her career, Bareilles has crafted a unique catalog of work that has stayed true to her own style. Her major label debut, Little Voice, was released in the summer of 2007 and it came with her smash hit “Love Song”. That track stayed on the Billboard Top 10 for 19 weeks and earned her a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year. Since then, more hits and awards have come for Bareilles, such as the hits “King of Anything” and “Gonna Get Over You”. She’s also found major success in the world of musical theater, writing the music and lyrics for the show Waitress and contributing to the music and lyrics for SpongeBob SquarePants, earning her Tony and Grammy nominations. Her song “Brave” is from her fourth studio album, The Blessed Unrest, and is one of her most well-known hits.


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Stepping out in some untied chucks.


“Brave” is a power-pop song that Bareilles wrote after hearing the struggles that a close friend dealt with in regard to coming out as gay. In her memoir, Sara described the song as “a love letter to a very dear friend of mine… she was struggling to come out with her evolving sexuality to friends and family and didn’t yet see a way to do it.” The lyrics call for you to “say what you wanna say, And let the words fall out, Honestly, I wanna see you be brave”. When combined with the upbeat, powerful chords, Bareilles crafts an anthem for being true to yourself.


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Dance like no one else is around!


The music video was directed by actress Rashida Jones and was filmed in Los Angeles. It begins with Bareilles setting up a camera in Downtown LA. We then see other people also getting set in various settings. These include a shopping mall where a man is wearing some loose-fitting grey chucks. The other settings are a farmers’ market, a gym, a library, and a bus stop. Bareilles then starts dancing while performing the song, as others join her all across the city. Eventually, everyone joins her in the street as they dance together. This is a pretty simple video that really doesn’t do much for the song besides offering a fun visual.


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Standing together and brave!


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