This is a music video for Colbie Caillat’s song, Try. In the beginning of the song, the lyrics talk about how you have to present yourself as a young woman to be accepted. She touches on the yearning to belong by individuals through the lyrics, “this is what you want, to belong, so they like you. Do they like you?”. The end of that phrase touches on the acknowledgement of other’s thoughts, but the uncertainty of their approval. The song then moves into the chorus which encourages listeners to not “try so hard”. Later in the second verse, she fights the idea of seeking other’s approval, but rather focusing on the approval of yourself, “Why should you care what they think of you. When you’re all alone, by yourself, do you like you?”. The song then closes by reversing all the actions done in the beginning of the video to show young girls that it is ok to be yourself. Colbie Caillat says, “you don’t have to change a single thing”. I think this music video has a strong message of self acceptance and approval for women and girls.
This music video ties into the “Popular” keywords essay. In this essay, the author mentions that there are two understandings of the word popular. There is a negative and positive view of the word. The negative touches on someone who is low brow and not high culture, while the positive view is one who is acceptable and available. Often times, popularity has to do with merit and acknowledgement. For young girls during their girlhood, the word popular often is associated with the children in their class who are the most well known. Sometimes they are well liked while other times they are envied. Many people follow the popular crowd by participating in the latest trends. However, Colbie Caillat’s song, Try, counteracts this pressure to be popular. I think this is an important lesson for young girls to hear. They should be themselves, and they should learn to love who they are as unique individuals.