Burn

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Living life to the fullest; commonly being said, but do we really understand what that means? Phoenix, perhaps just an imaginative magical creature in a fiction, but it inspires me so much in some ways. When its time has come, a phoenix will burn itself, in order to be reborn again from its ashes. It depicts one thing about human life; people aren’t born strong and beautiful, instead, the strong and beautiful ones are rising from the downfall. They have to know how it feels to be defeated, to lose, to be broken, to be in hurt and pain, to stumble. Therefore they will know how it feels to raise and stand up again, to light up and shine again. So, living life to the fullest, I will take it as making the best out of the present. Yup, the now that we live in.

When the light started out they don’t know what they heard. Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world. We’ll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky, ‘cause we got the fire.” –Ellie Goulding, Burn

Time flies, Readers, and now we already reach the last day of May, which means it’s the last song for Free Spirit. For this special occasion, I review a pop song titled “Burn”, performed by English female singer-songwriter, Ellie Goulding. The song was released on July 5th 2013 and served as the lead single from “Halcyon Days”, the reissue version of Goulding’s second studio album, “Halcyon”. “Burn” was written by Goulding herself along with Ryan Tedder, Greg Kurstin, Noel Zancanella, and Brent Kutzle.
Everyone is born different. Everybody is born special. There are no two same exact people, even a couple of identical twin have their differences. When we are born to be outstanding, then why are we trying so hard to blend in? The lyrics of “Burn” speak about encouraging people to live life to the fullest. “We don’t have to worry ‘bout nothing, ‘cause we got the fire, and we’re burning one hell of a something. They gonna see us from outer space, light it up, like we’re the stars of the human race.” The past has already passed. The future has yet to come. All we have is the present. So make the best out of it. Light it up and let your spirit be free. “We don’t wanna leave, no, we just wanna be right now. And what we see is everybody’s on the floor acting crazy, getting loco ‘til the lights out. Music’s on, I’m waking up, we fight the fire, then we burn it up. And it’s over now, we got the love, there’s no sleeping now.”
The art of living lies in how we grasp the now, how we make every moment matters, how we make every second worth it. People say, don’t let it slip through your fingers when you know the right time to grasp it. The world is already filled with people who spread hatred. So rather than pouring salt into the cut, why don’t we put a bandage onto it? Let’s be a part of those few who spread the love. Everyone has their own power to stand up. It’s just a matter of whether they realize what kind of power they have. “When the light started out they don’t know what they heard. Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world. We’ll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky, ‘cause we got the fire.” Even a little spark of sincerity could be felt and spreaded out if we’re firm about it. “We can light it up, so they can’t put it out.” Just have a will and believe, and there’s no stopping us. “And we gonna let it burn.”
The accompanying music video for “Burn” was directed by Mike Sharpe and premiered on July 7th 2013. The song and video was nominated for British Single of the Year and British Video of the Year consecutively at the 2014 Brit Awards. It was a commercial success and many music critics praised it as one of Goulding’s most mainstream and more radio-friendly singles to date. Besides, they also praised her glowing and ear-pleasing vocal throughout the song. Miss Goulding is indeed burning it up with “Burn”.

We don’t wanna leave, no, we just wanna be right now. And what we see is everybody’s on the floor acting crazy, getting loco ‘til the lights out. Music’s on, I’m waking up, we fight the fire, then we burn it up. And it’s over now, we got the love, there’s no sleeping now.” –Ellie Goulding, Burn






“We, we don’t have to worry ‘bout nothing
‘Cause we got the fire, and we’re burning one hell of a something
They, they gonna see us from outer space, outer space
Light it up, like we’re the stars of the human race, human race

When the light started out they don’t know what they heard
Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world
We’ll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky
‘Cause we got the fire, fire, fire, yeah we got the fire, fire, fire

And we gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn, we gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn
Gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn, we gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn

We don’t wanna leave, no, we just wanna be right now, right, r-r-right now
And what we see is everybody’s on the floor acting crazy, getting loco ‘til the lights out
Music’s on, I’m waking up, we fight the fire, then we burn it up
And it’s over now, we got the love, there’s no sleeping now, no sleeping now, no sleeping

We can light it up, up, up, so they can’t put it out, out, out”

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