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An overwhelming feeling of freedom can engulf our bodies, from the tips of our toes to the highest point of a frizzy strand of hair on the top of our heads. The rush of power can leave our ears tingling and give us the sense of being understood.
A song that makes me feel understood is “Ten & True” by James Quick. When I stumbled across this song through a playlist on Spotify, I was awed. The song is about how someone, assumed to be Quick, has a big dream in life of starting a band, becoming famous, and having this as his job, but unfortunately gets caught up in everyone telling him that there’s no way it could ever happen. A significant lyric he sings in the chorus is, “Don’t let go, keep following your heart and take every chance you get. Just please stay you, remember the young you back when you were ten and true.”
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Everyone aspires to become something when they are “Ten & True,” and Quick enforces that this innocent, childlike hope that everything will work out should never be let go of. Other strong lyrics are, “And underneath what you’re feeling is the person who’s dreaming, so follow them. It’s funny how as we’re older we just want to be younger and start again.”
These lyrics speak to me on a deep level because I can relate to them. Ever since I learned how to talk, I have been singing, and when I was ten years old, coincidentally, I began writing songs and dreaming about the possibilities of having a career as a singer/songwriter. There have been points in my life when people have told me that my dream was crazy and that I should be more “realistic,” but no matter what they say, I know my own heart and I will never “let go,” as Quick sings in the chorus.
Nearing the end of the song, Quick sings about how he won’t let go because he basically realizes how silly that would be. The shift in his mindset, accompanied by a childlike, soothing, piano instrumental really ties everything together and sets a great example of how one should always follow his or her heart and tune out those who fail to believe in them.
Ashley Venezia has been singing since she was three years old and began writing her own songs at age ten. She sang in her school's choir from elementary school throughout high school, as well as performed in two musicals. Aside from singing, she taught herself the basics of playing piano and is beginning to learn the guitar and ukulele. Photography, writing, and creating short videos also play a very big part in her life.