The folks at ESSENCE.com, posted a blog written by her much talked about new song “Brand New Me”. Speculation about what or whom she is addressing has been floating around the internets, so it’s actually nice to hear her take on the very personal song she penned. “It’s about discovering a new version of myself,” said Keys. Judging by the lyrics, a lot went in to the discovery process.
“Brand New Me” is a deeply personal song for me. It really expresses how I feel at this time in my life. I think what’s so beautiful about this song is that it’s about discovering a new version of myself and embracing the changes that come with being that person. And I know this is something we can all relate to at one point or another in life. Life is all about change… both good and bad… and learning how to best transition through those times. Sometimes you have to let go of certain people that are holding you back or relationships you’ve outgrown or things you’ve learned don’t help you anymore. And when you do let these individuals and thoughts go, you realize what it means to trust your instincts and take control of yourself.
And when we do, we can say, “Don’t be mad, it’s just a brand new kind of me. And that ain’t bad, I’ve found a brand new kind of free.”
Check out the entire blog entry here.
It’s easy to forget these people are human beings with struggles and triumphs just like everyone else. We tend to watch over them as if they are hamsters in a cage, placed here for our amusement. But even hamsters get the freedom to run around on their own in a ball from time to time. We hope Alicia has found a brand new her that is right for her, she doesn’t have to try to gain perfection for the rest of us!