REVIEW: “Try” by Colbie Caillat

An inspiring song that emphasizes the importance of being yourself.


Photo by Jessica Guzman

Colbie Caillat's album, Gypsy Heart, containing the song "Try," was released in June of 2014.

While most popular artists are singing or rapping about getting wasted over the weekend and using the term”YOLO” as an excuse to act stupid, artists such as Colbie Caillat are making music that empowers females to be themselves.

The song “Try” contains inspiring lyrics: “You don’t have to try so hard, you don’t have to give it all away, you just have to get up… you don’t have to change a single thing.”

Caillat is trying to tell all females that they are perfect the way they are, without the makeup, the fake hair or the alterations that society has imposed on so many girls today.

Through her song, she is saying that it is important to be yourself, do what makes you happy, even if it is different from what everyone else is doing. Any girl, especially one in high school, should not have to try to be someone else, but find the beauty in themselves. In the end, that will make a huge difference of how someone can feel about themselves.

Caillat’s “Try” music video is simple, but sends a strong message, and can make any girl tear up thinking about who they are trying to be. While Caillat’s song is playing in the background, there are many different women, singing along, appearing on the screen with makeup on and their hair done. As the song continues, the makeup comes off and the hair is let down to expose how these women naturally appear.

When all of the makeup comes off, the women appear so much happier without the things that cover up who they really are. Any girl should feel this way, confident in their own skin. Other artists send a similar message in their songs, such as “You & I” by John Legend and “Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce. Both believe that girls should feel good they way they are, but recognize the pressure felt to change who they are or what they look like.

Artists like these are the ones that should really influence the thoughts and ideas. Instead of trying to act out and cover up who you really are, focus on who you want to be. Don’t try to be someone else, because being yourself is what really shines through.