?

Log in

 
 
25 March 2008 @ 11:05 pm
Song of the Week #5 - Anna Nalick "Shine"  
Well, I've been waiting to get this one up, but wanted to wait until her new EP was available as the acoustic version of her new single is breathtaking and after you hear the full band version you'll want to click to your nearest download store to pick up the acoustic version. You know Anna as the woman who sang "Breathe" (you know, "breathe, just breathe...") .... hopefully that will change and you'll know her as one of the best female songwriters and performers around. She's the next Pat Benatar.

I've had the pleasure of seeing her move from headlining a small club to opening in a theater to opening act on the arena level and she owned each one. I also was lucky enough to sit and chat with her for about 40 minutes (see below for interview link) and then hear her perform three acoustic songs for a roomful of twenty people.

Amazing every time.

The video below is a photo montage - the 'official' video link is further down below, but this montage is well done and has some great shots from the Jeremy Covert shoot.

[pulled from annanalick.com]
A Note About "Shine" From Anna
"Shine" is a song FOR those people who have made mistakes in a public way, FOR people whose mistakes and heartbreak are considered entertainment. When sad things that would hurt ANYBODY happen, like your relationship falling apart and making entertainment news, or you are constantly being told how you aren't good, thin, pretty, or rich enough, or your job being so taxing for the roles you have to play whether it's having to immerse yourself in a crazy depressed state of mind to play a crazy depressed character, or having to stay permanently smiling every time you leave your house even though you've just had a miscarriage, or an argument with someone you love, or your dog died and you finally crack, we just say, "It was bound to happen, everyone in Hollywood is shallow and addicted."

"Shine" is also saying that little girls, like your daughters and sisters or you, don't have to throw up to be pretty, be sleazy to be loved, or be crazy to get attention. Just because the BAD things are what people pay money for doesn't mean that those things are ALL of what your favorite movie and music stars are. What about the fact that the heiress is an amazing business woman, and the popstar writes poetry, can really dance, or really sing?

EVERYONE deserves a chance. You don't have to settle for what others believe you to be. Force them to see you for what you are proud of. To be bigger than your title, stereotype, or clique, bigger than your loneliness and to know you are better than another's definition of you is to Shine.




Shine

Oh the night makes you a star
And it holds you cold in its arms
You’re the one to whom nobody verses I love you
Unless you say it first
So you lie there holding your breath
And its strange how soon you forget
That you’re like stars
They only show up when it’s dark
Cause they don’t know their worth

And I think you need to stop following misery’s lead
Shine away shine away shine away
Isn’t it time you got over how fragile you are
We’re all waiting
Waiting on your supernova
Cause that’s who you are
And you’ve only begun to shine

There are times when the poets and pornstars align and
You won’t know who to believe in
Well that’s a good time to be leavin’
And the past knocks on your door
And throws stones at your window at 4 in the morning
Well maybe he thinks it’s romantic
He’s crazy but you knew that before

And I think you need to stop following misery’s lead
Shine away Shine away Shine away
Isn’t it time you got over how fragile you are
We’re all waiting
Waiting on your supernova
Cause that’s who you are
And you’ve only begun to shine

Yeah you’ve only begun to shine
Won’t you shine shine shine shine over shadow
Shine shine shine shine over shadow
Shine shine shine shine over

And I think you need to stop following misery’s lead
Shine away Shine away Shine away
Isn’t it time you got over how fragile you are
We’re all waiting
Waiting on your supernova
Cause that’s who you are
And you’ve only begun to shine

Yeah you’ve only begun to shine


For more Anna:
"Wreck of the Day" (live) - simply amazing - the final 2 minutes = magic
"Breathe (2 AM)" (live acoustic)
"Consider This" (live) - not the best video but decent audio
"Shine" with lyrics


To read my interview with Anna click here