Leona Lewis’ I Am received little fanfare from critics, and its sales have been slow. However, as she teaches us with throughout the album, true validation and empowerment comes from within.
During my break from blogging, I changed my perspective of pop culture. By releasing the impulse to critique, I’ve learned to appreciate music as a source of inspiration. Indeed, without the pressure to give an opinion on everything, I’ve developed a new appreciation for the arts.
The standard edition of I Am comprises 10 tracks, all co-written by Lewis, and was primarily produced by Toby Gad. Running themes throughout the album focus on determination and self-acceptance as reflected on the opening cut, “Thunder.”
Additionally, Lewis stresses the importance of taking responsibility for our actions and expressing gratitude those who help us on our journeys. For example, she sings openly about her own wrongdoings on “Thank You,” and owns up to her behaviour.
“If I’ve ever put you through hell
Only called when I needed help
If I’ve only thought of myself
Couldn’t find the words to say what I felt
If I’ve ever lied to your face
Shut you out to keep you away
You’d always give and I’d always take
Yes, it took some time for me to say
Thank you, thank you
For seeing the best and the worst of me
The angel underneath
Believe in you, be honest with yourself and others, and be grateful for every lesson in your life. Lewis’ testimony is bold and relatable for those of us working to overcome past hurt and boldly move forward.
I’m grateful for everyone who waited for new episodes of Trini Trent TV. Also, special thanks go to those persons who acknowledge my desire to pace myself as I think of the next best steps for the blog.
This quote is featured is today’s Trini Trent TV episode but it’s worth repeating!
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And, because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson