Better Place

Friday, November 11, 2016



Have you ever felt like you’ve known someone for your whole life when you actually have just known them for only a while? Have you ever felt like you’ve finally found a place where you belong to in someone whom you’ve just met? Have you ever felt like you see the reflection of yourself in someone, like seeing the other version of yourself? Have you ever felt so comfortable that you don’t have to pretend to be other person when you’re with someone, like you could be comfortably naked around them? Have you ever felt like someone is a home for you? I feel that whenever I’m with him. I felt like I’ve known him for my whole life when I first met and talked to him back then. I finally feel like I’ve found a place where I belong to every time I’m with him. I always feel like seeing the male version of me whenever I see him. I could be so comfortable until the point that I always show my true colors whenever when I’m with him. To have someone like that in my life, more than ever, I feel so grateful. Ever since he came into my life, in a sudden, life feels like a better place to live. For me, he’s like an island of reality in the ocean of diarrhea.

“I’ll tell the world, I’ll sing a song, it’s a better place since you came along, since you came along. Your touch is sunlight through the trees; your kisses are the ocean breeze. Everything’s alright when you’re with me.” –Rachel Platten, Better Place

It’s a beautiful date and I’m in the mood of writing something beautiful too. Therefore I would like to write a lyrical approach review toward Rachel Platten’s song titled “Better Place”. The pop ballad song is served as the sixth track on Platten’s third studio album, “Wildfire”, which was released on January 1st 2016. “Better Place” was released as the third single taken fromt he album on March 24th 2016. It was written by Platten herself along with Jon Levine and Sally Seltmann. This song has her singing about a lover who has aided an apparent depression. Without them, she is okay, but with them, she is in a better place. Platten added that this song is about optimism and hope that things might be okay again and that life didnt have to hurt so much. An official lyric video was published on Platten’s official Youtube account on April 21st 2016, while the official video was published on May 9th 2016. For the music video, Platten conducted a social experiment with her fans. She invited couples and families to simply sit and look at one another while listening to “Better Place”. And the result was amazingly heartfelt and heartwarming, as you can see in the video.


"Better Place" single cover | source: www.josepvinaixa.com

Through this song, I would like to tell a story about a boy who came into my life. He came just right in time. He came and made me want to tell the world that I’m happy ever since. He came and made me want to sing a love song. He came and made me realize that the world is a better place ever since. “I’ll tell the world, I’ll sing a song, it’s a better place since you came along. Your touch is sunlight through the trees, your kisses are the ocean breeze, everything’s alright when you’re with me.” He came and his warm touch has brightened my days. He came and his gentle kiss has sweetened my nights. He came and his smile has brought me the reason to survive. He came and his embrace has given me the strength to face the world. He came and gave meaning towards this mortal life. “You’re my favorite thing, all the love that you bring. But it feels like I’ve opened my eyes again, and the colors are golden and bright again. There's a song in my heart, I feel like I belong. It’s a better place since you came along.”
This is about a boy who has grown into a man and came back into my life after leaving for a while. Yes, he is the same person. A person who came back and made me realize that he is still my favorite and will always be. He’s a person who came back and made me realize that he is the only one I wanted for life all this time. “I see the whole world in your eyes, it’s like I’ve known you all my life, we just feel so right. So I pour my heart into your hands, it’s like you really understand, you love the way I am.” Ever since he came back into my life, nothing feels the same, in a great way, of course. Looking at him feels like looking at the other half of me. Talking to him feels like talking to a male version of myself. Through the good times and bad times, through the ups and downs, he makes my life emotionally fulfilling. “You’re my favorite thing, all the happiness you bring. But it feels like I’ve opened my eyes again, and the colors are golden and bright again. And the sun paints the skies and the wind sings her song. It’s a better place since you came along.”
This is about a man whom I can proudly call as my partner. He is my lover, my brother, my friends, and my colleague. It’s funny when someone who was a stranger once can become the most significant person in my life. However life is a comedy when you look at the bigger picture of it. “Now I’m alright, everything’s alright. ‘Cause it feels like I’ve opened my eyes again, and the colors are golden and bright again. There’s a song in my heart, I feel like I belong. It’s a better place since you came along.” And everything will be alright, as long as we have each other. It’s so funny that in a year, only in a matter of one year, many things can happen and many things have changed. However, we both know it all too well that we can always see the silver lining amidst the dark cloudy sky; and that is what I love the most about us. With him, I can laugh over even the worst thing and I can also cry over even the best thing. We are both human beings who eager to learn; and by that we will always learn to understand one another.


Rachel Platten in "Better Place" music video

For me, this world has become a better place since he came along. For me, this life has become a worthy place to live since he came along. And I just found a place where I belong to. And with him, home feels like a person; home is embodied to a person; home becomes a person. We both understand it all too well that what we might face in the future will not be easy. However, just like he said to me that night, “We will face it together.” And we will, yes. We will give strength towards each other. We will be hope for one another. And we will not leave any regrets behind, because we know each other so well and we keep learning to understand one another better. This past a year has taught me so many things. I’ve grown mature. We’ve grown mature. Despite all fears and insecurities we are both aware of, we will make this world a better place to live, at least for both of us, and many other people like us. This is for you, Vidi Mahatma Santoso. You are my dearest friend, my deepest love. You are the very best of me.


“I see the whole world in your eyes, it’s like I’ve known you all my life, we just feel so right. So I pour my heart into your hands, it’s like you really understand, you love the way I am.” –Rachel Platten, Better Place






I’ll tell the world, I’ll sing a song, it’s a better place since you came along, since you came along
Your touch is sunlight through the trees, your kisses are the ocean breeze, everything’s alright when you’re with me
And ah ah ah ah ah, you’re my favorite thing, ah ah ah ah ah, all the love that you bring
But it feels like I’ve opened my eyes again, and the colors are golden and bright again
There's a song in my heart, I feel like I belong

It’s a better place since you came along, it’s a better place since you came along

I see the whole world in your eyes, it’s like I’ve known you all my life, we just feel so right
So I pour my heart into your hands, it’s like you really understand, you love the way I am
And ah ah ah ah ah, you’re my favorite thing, ah ah ah ah ah, all the happiness you bring
But it feels like I’ve opened my eyes again, and the colors are golden and bright again
And the sun paints the skies and the wind sings her song
It’s a better place since you came along, it’s a better place since you came along

Ah ah ah ah ah, ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ah ah ah ah ah, ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Now I’m alright, now I’m alright, everything’s alright
‘Cause it feels like I’ve opened my eyes again, and the colors are golden and bright again
There’s a song in my heart, I feel like I belong
It’s a better place since you came along, it’s a better place since you came along

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