To clarify, let me start of by validating myself. I'm a full-grown 25-year-old man. I enjoy operating power tools, and the sound of exotic sports cars brings me right from 6 to 12. I am a fan of all New England sports teams, and my shaved head & goatee don't exactly give off a cuddly vibe.
So what the hell am I doing listening to Kesha, not to mention being inspired? Well, here's how THAT all goes down...
I was heading into work yesterday, and was listening to one of her songs. Not even by accident - that shit's on my iPod! As I was walking, I paused and thought, "Wow, when she first came out I HATED her. Auto-tuned, annoying, devoid of creative content - so why am I loving this song so much?" Thinking about this odd twist of fate, I remembered reading an interview she did for some magazine, in which she confidently admitted that what she did wasn't hard. She went into the studio for her first album and wrote what was close to 100 songs. (again, no typo - 100!) She went on to say that the pop side of music isn't necessarily fueled by thoughtful lyrics and complex melodies, but more just by relating to people's lives, and putting out catchy, feel-good music.
I remember at the time dismissing the article and just being thankful that she hadn't actually claimed to be talented or anything. She was just out to get people to listen to her music and have a good time!
*insert sound effect for epiphany*
Then it hit me - she had done exactly what she set out to do! I wasn't just listening to her music - I chose to do so, and I love it! There was a very simple explanation here - Here was a girl who had a goal in mind, and rather than let her fate be decided by people that initially rejected her product, she relentlessly promoted herself, continued to put out material, and had the time of her life doing it for the entire ride. Through months of exposure, I had been converted from nay-sayer to believer, and the process hadn't been painful at all!
So out of this moment, I was inspired. Yes I said it - a girl with a dollar sign in her name made me a better person, and I'm not even mad about it. This was a lesson to be learned - if you have something to contribute to the world and you feel like it's a good idea, don't let someone tell you that you shouldn't! Take pride in what you believe in, be your #1 promoter, and prove beyond doubt that you have a kick-ass time doing what you love! Hanging on the words of people that don't support you will not help you, so surround yourself with positive people and work hard to get the word out that you have a reason to be looked at, or listened to, or even led by!