Life Lessons and Music from Katy Perry

October 20, 2012

in Song of the Week

Katy PerryWhen my friend Brahm from Alfred Lives Here asked me to guest write for his blog while he is on a fabulous two-week cruise, I was happy to accept. But then the bomb was dropped; I had to write about pop culture. My understanding of pop culture is limited to what I scan daily on various social media outlets since I don’t watch TV, read weekly magazines about stars, and rarely go to the movies. The perfect story came to me though; I chose to write about Katy Perry.

It isn’t a review of an album or thoughts on her dating life. Instead, “Katy Perry, Life on Her Terms,”  I wrote about the woman, and what lessons can be learned from how she has lived her life to date. Somehow I was able to weave a Naked Girl in a Dress approach to writing this piece.

I am glad Brahm liked it, and I hope you do too.

With my guest post on Brahm’s site being about Katy Perry, what better musician to share today for Song of the Week than Katy? The song I have chosen reminds me of her strength and resilience. Enjoy “Wide Awake.”

Note: Before you leave to read the piece at Alfred Lives Here, please take a moment to read something beautiful Brahm shared here as my guest earlier this year. I love this piece he chose to share with my readers: “Naked Boy in a Suit.”

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Scarlett Rose October 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Perry manages to empower the song without belting, thanks to the emotion with which she sings. It’d be impossible to think her split with Brand doesn’t factor into the lyrics and the mood of the song. While her songs always have inherent cuteness, this is a more introspective Katy Perry.
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Naked Girl in a Dress October 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I agree completely, about Perry and this particular song. Thank you for visiting.


Natalie Johnson October 24, 2012 at 3:42 am

“Wide Awake” depicts a coming-of-age, with Perry’s character venturing from a make-believe world to the bright light of reality. Reality isn’t meant to be drab and boring but exciting and the fulfillment of our dreams. Not the robust fantasies inside our heads when we’re asleep but dreams that take root when we work to achieve them. The fact Perry repeatedly tells the listener that she’s “wide awake” means she is no longing living in a fantasy. Instead, she admonishes us to dwell on the present and prevent making past mistakes.
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Naked Girl in a Dress October 24, 2012 at 9:21 am

Thanks for contributing this to the dialog. Beautifully written.


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