‘Waves’ IWD 2019 #BalanceforBetter

Waves
Waves
Waves #BalanceforBetter

You are worth more than what you’re made to believe.

Rebecca’s 13th April 2018 release of her original song ‘Waves’ is a beautifully crafted song. ‘Waves’ could be pigeon holed as a ‘break up’ song, however ‘Waves’ is now being regarded and acclaimed as a ‘break out’ song.

The opening lyrics set the scene in a dramatic way that any person subjected to coercive control or bullying in any form will immediately recognise:-

‘driving home in the fast lane, keeping out of your way

tears running down my face, always the same

tell myself its the last time, wont be changing my mind

you don’t get to rewind all your mistakes’

The melody and voice is captivating but then Rebecca goes onto sing

‘your hands locked on tight, a strong tangled vine

I could not escape your pain

I’d scream and I’d shout, no words could come out

At least you made me feel that way’

The listener can understand how the relentless controlling described in the narrative makes the recipient of that behaviour feel the way Rebecca is expressing herself. The emotional turmoil and pain is laid bare in her lyrics.

It is at this point that the songs chorus is first used – it is empowering, it is a metaphoric key unlocking and describing freeing herself from the emotional ‘Waves’ that the perpetrators actual behaviour is causing. She juxtaposes actual departure

‘so stay this far away

watch me sail away

watch me sail away

keep your hands at bay

keep your distant gaze

did you think I’d stay?

cause your love was never safe in the waves, babe’

Rebecca continues reflectively:-

‘looking back over our time, you would always catch fire

you don’t get to be my moth to the flame

did you think it was okay – treat somebody this way?

sleeping with your outrage kept me awake

and its hard to believe that I couldn’t see

I was playing with a loaded gun

so say what you want, believe it or not

but the bravest thing I did was run’

So it is at this point where Rebecca is telling people through her searingly honest lyrics that sometimes the bravest thing to do is run. She is urging people to realise that you don’t have to acquiesce to the seemingly continual demeaning of yourself by other people, who claim to love you, respect you – but are in fact controlling and bullying – she is stating you can actually break out, break the circle and free yourself.

To finish Rebecca asks the simple question underscored by a refrain of the chorus:-

did you think I’d stay?

cause your love was never safe in the waves, babe’

The song was written before the #MeToo phrase gained traction popularised by Alyssa Milano and other celebrities in 2017 on Twitter but it fits in perfectly with people affected and victimised by controlling behaviours. It is not a break up sad song it is a song delivering strength and self enabling power, it is a celebration of reclaiming your own self worth.

Her first live performance of this song was an acoustic solo in front of hundreds of people at the Chwarae Teg Womenspire 2017 event at the Millennium Theatre Cardiff. Chwarae Teg is Wales’ leading gender equality charity celebrating the achievements of women from all backgrounds and stages in life or work across Wales.

‘Waves’ was recorded in August 2017 and two versions of it appear on her 13th April 2018 EP release – unsurprisingly titled ‘Waves’

As Rebecca says on her facebook profile:-

“I wrote a song. I don’t know how far this post can reach, but I hope that it reaches enough people to make them realise that you are worth more than what you’re made to believe”

Waves Video https://youtu.be/bigXS28CUHo

Rebecca makes Hay Philosophy and Music Festival

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How The Light Gets In Hay Festival 2019
Rebecca Hurn Solo + Rebecca Hurn Band

Over 100 music & performance acts, 12 stages, all-day disco, DJs and parties late into every night…

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“An ambitious event….the music lineup would shame your average summer festival”
★★★★★
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