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This song by British singer-songwriter Jessie Cornish, who performs under the name of Jessie J, was used in the third installment of the Step Up series, Step Up 3D.
Cornish explained the song's meaning during an intimate show at The Sofitel's Stone Rose on November 2, 2010: She revealed, "I kind of lost myself. It's very personal. It's about being true to yourself. Don't lose yourself in any situation you're put in, and do the dew."
Cornish wrote this self-help ballad at the end of a lonely three-month trip to Los Angeles when she was 20. Having been shunted from studio to studio with various producers she was ready to pack it all in. She told The Independent December 10, 2010: "I'm very much someone that lives to be happy. It's not just about the parties and I know so-and-so – I'm not that girl. So I looked in the mirror and started to cry and said 'who am I?' Music is my therapy."
The song was included on Jessie's debut album Who You Are. She explained to The Sun why she chose this as her title track: "This song saved my life musically. The day before I wrote this song I was ready to give up music. It's amazing how three-and-a-half minutes of melody and lyrics can change your life and I'm so happy that not only has it saved my life but it's saving other people's. That's why my debut album is called Who You Are."
Jessie has a lyric from this song - "Don't lose who you are in the blur of the stars" - tattooed on her hip. Unfortunately she wrote it out wrongly beforehand and the tattooist spelt "lose" as "loose."
The video features Jessie sitting on a chair in front of the camera as if it was her mirror in a bedroom. She was forced to be immobile having ruptured several tendons in her foot during rehearsals for the Capital Radio Summertime Ball. As Jessie begins to sing the final bridge, water begins to drip in front of her face and she wipes a drop from under her eye, as if she was crying. The clip was inspired by the one for Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U
Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"
Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."
Into the vaults for this talk with Bolton from the '80s when he was a focused on writing songs for other artists.
Newman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.