Ever feel so upset that you do not feel like doing anything? You feel very powerless and worthless? As if you cannot achieve anything? Your heart got broken by another person who does not see your worth? You constantly receive some sorts of oppression from the people around you and you do not know how to act? Do not worry. Your feelings are valid. However, it is best to say that you are not alone. Many other women out there experienced and felt the same thing. If you feel like standing back up and confronting this painful world, then here are some songs that might help you in your process of motivating yourself!
1. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) – Sylvester
This “classical” song from 1978 might be able to make you feel better. “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) by Sylvester is a song about how the woman that the persona (a man) loved makes him feel real. Even though the song is from the perspective of a man, it shows the sense of female empowerment as the man needs the woman to make him feel alive. It shows how much power a woman actually has over a man. This song will definitely make you feel powerful and motivated to go through your daily life, especially when you have someone that you love.
2. I’m Every Woman – Chaka Khan
“I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan was also released in 1978. It is another old song that is still relevant till today. The song speaks about how the persona can be everything. She is every woman. She can be anything she wants. She can do whatever she wants because she is every woman. This shows the value of female empowerment. Society thinks that women cannot do anything and should only be housewives. However, this song said otherwise. Even though the context of this song is for love, this message is still the same. Women can do anything that men do. If you feel helpless and confined to the idea that you are not good enough, give this song a try!
3. I will survive – Gloria Gaynor
I am sure that almost everyone knows this song. Gloria Gaynor’s “I will survive” is one of the most famous songs in the world. It was released in October 1978. The song is very straightforward. It talks about the life of an independent woman. The lyrics are all about how she does not need a man to stay in her life in order for her to stay alive. She speaks about how the man, and maybe the world, want her to fall and crumble to sadness. Yet, she will not. She will survive as she is a strong independent woman. If you need to bring that sense of a strong survivor in you then this song can surely help you!
4. I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
Diana Ross released the song “I’m Coming Out” in 1980. As the title suggests, the song is about a person coming out and showing the world his/her true self. You can interpret this song in many ways. One interpretation is that the persona is finally releasing his/her true feelings after suppressing it for a long time. This actually makes sense as women are oppressed and are forced to follow the society’s standard. The song tells you that you should just be yourself and let the whole know who you are. If you feel like you do not have the courage to express your true feelings, then hit this song up!
5. Strongest – Ina Wroldsen
“Strongest” by Ina Wroldsen was released in 2017. The song is about a woman who got cheated by his husband and is left with her son. The song expresses how he does not need his husband anyone and she will be the strongest person her son ever knows. The song touches a lot on the part of a widow and a broken marriage. How women are getting cheated and treated like nothing by someone they were supposed to love. How children are the reason why mothers are strong and still do their best in life. If you are in the same situation as what the song is about, then do listen to it. You are strong and will be the strongest person you ever know.
Songs are not just a mash up of catchy lyrics and rhythm. Songs are actually a collective amount of emotions that their singers want to express. Songs can motivate, soothe, destroy and affect someone’s life. Songs are like poetry and literature pieces, they move people.
Written by: Muhammad Mustaqim Abdul Rahman