I have to admit, I was never much of a Katy Perry fan. She’s pretty and talented, but her breakthrough into the contemporary music scene was marred — for me — by her song selection. I Kissed a Girl got her started on the road to stardom with such fare as Teenage Dream, Last Friday Night and Ur So Gay shortly following.
I don’t know if this was all a marketing ploy to get people talking about her and her music, but it worked. She’s now worth about $55 million in just seven years and has parlayed her recordings into merchandising — she has three popular perfumes — film — she played herself in her autobiography, Katy Perry: Part of Me and as the voice of Smufette is all three Smurf movies — and television — mostly portraying herself — from the soap opera The Young and the Restless to roles in How I Met Your Mother and Raising Hope.
But her latest venture, Roar, released last August and catapulting to the top of the music charts in a month. One of the recurring phrases is “eye of the tiger” which caught my attention. I wondered if it had any similarities with Survivor’s song Eye of the Tiger made famous as the theme song of Rocky III.
So I had to listen a little more closely to Roar and discovered it was a perfect melodic message of self-worth I constantly preached to my wife and girls. It’s a song of self-empowerment. Women do not need validation by men. They have their own worth and importance.
“I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice
I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything…
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ’cause I had enough
I see it all, I see it now
I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar…”
The video complements the message, starting by showing an oaf walking all over and ignoring our female protagonist after a plane crash in the jungle. When a tiger eliminates him, our heroine timidly starts out on her road to self-awareness … frame by frame building confidence in herself.
I would like to think Ms. Perry is doing the same thing in her life. And I would like to think her Christian and Gospel roots are seeds just now sprouting.
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: There are no degrees of honesty; either you are honest or you are not.