~~June 18, 2019~~
THIS IS ME
So many times, so many moons ago, I needed this kind of song to express myself and my feelings.
I’ve grown out of that.
It took a while and a self-reflecting process associated to ‘purging’ and ‘deprogramming’ of a lifetime of inculcated beliefs.
Now, I’m free … THIS IS ME!!
‘This Is Me’ Is the Year’s Surprise Pride Anthem
“This Is Me” was written by a gay man, Benj Pasek, and his writing partner, Justin Paul. The two are known for their original songs for Smash, La La Land, and Dear Evan Hansen, the latter of which won them a Tony Award for Best Original Score.
In addition to these queer credentials, the anthem in question is from The Greatest Showman, a 2017 musical film starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum. In the production, “This Is Me” is sung by Keala Settle, who portrays a bearded lady in the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Her experience, articulated through the song, is one of resilience in the face of hardship – which, after all, is what Pride is all about.
“I am brave, I am bruised, I am who I’m meant to be, this is me,” Settle sings in an unapologetic declaration of identity that all queer people can relate to. She adds,
“I’m not scared to be seen, I make no apologies, this is me.”
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Published on Jun 10, 2018
Happy Pride Month!!
Music: This is Me from the Greatest Showman
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