Avril Lavigne has been a personal hero of mine since the age of ten. She was the first person I saw live in concert, I was so mesmerised by her performance I haven’t looked back when it comes to live shows. Through her music, she taught me it was OK to be myself no matter what others said or done. She helped develop and shape my music taste into the wide palette it is today. Over the years we hadn’t seen or heard from her since she released Hello Kitty. A disappointing number I have to say but this latest single Head Above Water is a great comeback.
The single was written during the time Miss Lavigne was fighting Lymes Disease. Lymes Disease is an infection by the spirochete bacteria, if left untreated it can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system. The disease is typically transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. The bite is painless so fewer people with Lyme Disease realise they have the disease. *
Knowing about her struggles and seeing the lyrics brings fourth the emotions and pulls on the heartstrings. It is exceptionally rare that a song makes me cry but this song definitely made me well up; particularly the lyrical content describing the importance of staying strong when times are tough. I am going through a tough time at the moment which I won’t go into too much detail here but I could relate to these lyrics. Long time fans of Avril will know that she is a talented songwriter and her life experiences make them authentic and original.
This is a song that many will relate to and in my opinion marks a triumphant return for the Canadian singer/songwriter.
Join Avril Lavinge and her fight against Lymes Disease here.