I participated in the Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review BUT all opinions are my own. AND THIS GIRL IS SO AWESOME SO WAIT DON’T GO!
So I’d never heard of Mary Lambert before One2One sent out an email asking if I wanted to try out her album. Of course I googled her and played a couple clips before I opted in, because there’s no point downloading music that’s just gonna take up space on my computer when I don’t even want it. I fell in love after the first few words of “Secrets,” and knew I wanted to check out the whole album. I could quote all the entire song here because that’s how much I love it, but I won’t. Here’s a highlight though:
They tell us from the time we’re young / To hide the things we don’t like about ourselves / Inside ourselves /
I’m not the only one / Who spent so long attempting to be someone else /
Well I’m over it / I don’t care if the world knows what my secrets are.
Dude, she’s good, she’s real, she’s beautiful. She’s deep and she brings a message, more than just some artists that sing songs that stick in your head. I had no clue she was nominated for 2 Grammys–but she damn well deserves them.
I wanted to learn more about her so I read her bio. She’s all about empowerment. I love that she talks about being vulnerable, and not feeling shame about it because that’s what keeps you from truly living a free life. Vulnerability about your “weaknesses” hits home for me given what I wrote recently about Mental Illness Awareness Week. One of Mary Lambert’s goals is to start a charity that offers free mental health services. She’s bipolar, gay, and not afraid to put herself out there. Gah. She’s awesome. (Not music related, but there’s so much more to an artist than the sounds that they make).
Ok, now back to the music.
Favorites: Secrets, So Far Away, Rib Cage, Chasing the Moon, Monochromatic
She’s got this feel to her that’s a mix of Florence + the Machine, Sara Bareilles, Christina Perri. She’s the perfect melding of awesome.
She really truly is and I’m not even saying that because they sent me this album to try. I don’t know how to describe her. Then there’s this song Rib Cage, it’s got this awesome vibe to it that’s “smokey” and deep. She’s just beautiful. I’m pretty sure this album is going to be on repeat for a while. Wow.
Pretty damn impressive. Her album came out today, October 14. GET IT. Love it. Repeat.
Try– Colbie Calliat
Have you heard this song yet? It’s amazing. It’s a song that EVERY woman needs to pay attention to. Especially for those with little girls. So inspiring.
Everything, everything that we do to make ourselves beautiful, the things that we do to for ourselves on the outside isn’t for us. It’s for everyone else. But why? It shouldn’t be.
At the end of the day, after all the makeup is gone, the expensive clothes, shoes, face is off, the question remains: do you like yourself?
The bottom line is you can’t push yourself until nothing is left–not when it’s all to please others.
The first time I heard this I was almost moved to tears. As a woman, as a mom, it’s inspiring. Why do we do what we do? Who are we acting for? It should be for ourselves, but is that the truth? Anyway, it’s a heavy message but a beautiful one and a great song. fyi, that links to Amazon but it’s not an affiliate link or anything.