WE'RE ALL PINK ON THE INSIDE
On Saturday night I took my daughters to their first concert. It had been a long time coming. I had first thought about buying tickets when I heard Pink was coming to Australia to tour her album Beautiful Trauma.
The kids had bought me the CD for Mothers Day (a CD! bless their hearts) and they were so thrilled because they knew I loved Pink. We often sang together really loud in the car along to her songs. My youngest daughter even danced to "Raise Your Glass" on stage at her kindy graduation. Which is kinda of inappropriate when I think back on it, but hey - You Do You, G!
So when I surprised the girls with tickets, they were more than stoked. I was clever enough to record their reaction on my phone.
I have been a Pink fan for a long time. I remember singing along to "There You Go" and "Most Girls" in my black Holden Barina, while smoking cigarettes and acting as cool as possible.
What attracted me to her initially was her obvious "zero f*cks" attitude and her sense of style. She looked and sounded different to the rest of the girls on the music charts back in 2001 with her super short, pink hairstyle and combat pants. I connected with her lyrics too - as she often sang about being different, or angry, or someone who is a bit weird.
When I Googled her to get some more info while writing this blog post, I found a quote about her album I'm Not Dead. She says, and I quote:
"It's about being alive and feisty and not sitting down and shutting up, even though people would like you to."
This was SO awesome to read because it's the kind of thing me and the YDY crew wrote about when we started this brand! Who knew we were so on point! I wonder how much we'd have to pay her to have her as a brand ambassador....?
On Saturday night not only was I thrilled to go along with my daughters to experience their first ever concert, but I was thrilled to introduce them to a woman that I hold in such high regard for her core values. When the curtain dropped she BURST into view, pink lights flashing, swinging from a gigantic chandelier, no less.
Throughout the concert she paused to speak with the audience and was not only cute, and charismatic, but she was funny! Like, me and the girls LOL'd a few times. She's sassy, and quick-witted, and knows how to hold a crowd. I mean, of course those traits are something that all successful artists and performers have - but it did feel like we were having a chat with an old friend. It felt genuine. Not faked or forced in the slightest.
I was thrilled when she surprised the crowd with a couple of covers from two of the most influential artists from the 90s - back when I was a wee bonnie lass growing up in suburban North-Western Sydney - Gwen Stefani and Nirvana. She covered "Just A Girl" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit". I mean, I was in fangirl heaven! I sang along to all of the songs, at the top of my lungs, and pulled my kids close while I time travelled back to my teenage years.
And this is another point of connection for me with Pink. She openly discusses her troubles with drugs and alcohol, and her dysfunctional relationship with her partner Carey. These are issues that I have faced throughout my years and have to deal with on a regular basis. I think when people are open and honest about their own shit it really helps you to connect, especially when you're going through something similar. And so I felt really connected to her during her performance through her words, her lyrics and her candidness.
And during her performance there was a moment where she played a video to the crowd that highlighted some of her own political points of view. I use the word "political" because I personally think that when a celebrity publicly shares their views on world issues, it becomes political. The video showed her volunteering in third world countries, her re-enacting the "We Can Do It!" WWII poster by J Howard Miller, pictures of gay couples getting married, the Trump Administration, and describing herself as a full-blown schizophrenic. It can best be described as a mash-up of the highs and lows of her life and career to date. These are some of the words that were spoken by Pink in the video...
"A long time ago I decided that no matter what I do or where I go in my life, I was always going to be very true to myself... I think a lot of women are afraid of the word FEMINISM. And that's a shame. I'm not afraid to be a strong woman... I wish that girls embraced their power and their worth and their value in their youth, and not sell it or barter it for anything and have to buy it back later in life... I wish for women to stop apologising for those very things that make us women."
I could go on and on and on about how much I love this woman. Everything she stands for aligns with my own life values. I admire her persistence and stubbornness to make it in an industry that has not always been accepting of people like her. Her attitude and stance has made her into the powerhouse she is today. I think she's such a great role model for women and I respect her so much for her achievements in her life and her career.
Also - I have to mention how amazing she is to be able to sing, dance AND swing from a freaking chandelier at the same time?! Insane. I can't even touch my toes.
Check out the t-shirt that I bought at the concert... hmmm I think I've seen those lips somewhere before!!!
PINK! Congratulations on your success, your hotness, your humour, your courage, your humility, your honesty and your attitude. You truly live and breathe what YDY believes in. Thanks for YOU doing YOU!