51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 6: Katy Perry – Firework

It’s not often that a video for a song speaks to me more than listening to the song itself. This week, I’m bringing you an example of a favourite song and its video which I recommend everyone watch, especially at times when we’re experiencing self-doubt.

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Firework, sang by Katy Perry, was released in 2010 and has sold over 7.1 million copies in the United States and just over 1 million copies in the U.K. Reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, the song went on to chart in the top five on 20 charts around the world.

The video opens with Katy gazing down upon the city from a balcony. As she sings into the night, fireworks burst from her soul and soon inspire young people throughout the city to overcome their fears and insecurities, in the process igniting their own fireworks.

In the video, we witness a shy overweight girl, playing the role of a wallflower at a pool party, who finds the courage to shed her clothes and jump in the pool with her friends. A leukaemia patient at a children’s hospital proves to herself that she can show herself out on the street and in public despite her loss of hair. A teenage boy approaches his male friend in a club and kisses him on the mouth. These are just some of the examples in the video that makes me think just how lucky I am. They also act as a reminder whenever I am feeling self-doubt.

The video never fails to send tingles up my spine. It’s been watched over 850 million times (not by me) and I do wonder what would happen if 850 million tingles of the spine happened all at the same time.

If only this song had been around for Hazell, the featured artist of last week’s song choice.

Is there a song that helps you get over self-doubt?

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Ruth, Barbara, and Kat who all joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song.

Want to join Hugh in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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