Every woman has it.  The song that comes on and makes them feel like the person they know they need to be.  Mine?  It’s “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree.  A track that I first heard watching The Karate Kid. You know the original one, not the one that became Jaden Smith’s big payday.  And I haven’t stopped loving it since.

Now, anyone that knows me can testify, that there is no traffic jam too long, no stretch of highway too wide that can keep me from turning the volume dial in my car all the way up when this song comes on.  In fact, when it came time for my graduation from high school, the video collage my father put together started out with these familiar lines.

Listen as your day unfolds, challenge what the future holds
Try and keep your head up to the sky
Lovers, they may cause you tears
Go ahead release your fears, stand up and be counted
Don’t be ashamed to cry
You gotta be
You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together
All I know, all I know, love will save the day


Listening to the lyrics of this song always gets me going because it feels like morning every time I hear them float into the air.  The music makes me feel new and makes me want to make everything I touch and anyone I come across feel as loved and better.  And it’s definitely what I will be blasting at least until noon.

Today, share with us the song that makes you feel open to this world.  Clutchettes, what’s your anthem- what song would you choose to wake up to everyday?


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