Next in the ‘Making of the album’ series, we have track 3, probably our most popular tune so far (going by youtube views anyway!), ‘Just Be’….
This song started off from the lyrics first. I remember one of the first nights out we went on as a band – myself and Frankie were nattering away and we got onto this subject and discovered that we were both really passionate about it – how it’s very hard for people to feel that they can ‘just be’ – as in, relax into who they are without outside influences making them feel they should be a certain way. This goes for a million subjects, not just the way we all look – but we figured this was a good place to start! I know in my life I’ve spent the majority of my time since I was 12 or so on a diet – I literally used to be either on a diet, or beating myself up about having fallen off the wagon! And the way I felt about the way I looked used to stop me from doing things – I’d say ‘when I’m skinny I’ll do this…’ But it never happened and it’s taken a lot of work on self acceptance and self love to even get the confidence to be in this band, let alone write a song about it. Someone once said to me that self love is a bit like loving someone else – there’s never really a moment when you can say you love someone as much as you can ever love them, it’s sort of an everlasting evergrowing feeling – that’s how it should be with your own self love too. I’m glad to say its a work in progress with me.
It’s meant a lot to us when we’ve received messages from all sorts of people saying how much this song has inspired them. We’ve had children asking if we can perform it in their school to help the other kids, and we’ve had older people who’ve been beating themselves up their whole lives or with eating disorders who it’s meant a lot to. This is one of the reasons why I want to make music and it really means the world to hear that this song has helped people
We wanted to write more of an upbeat tune after a stint of writing slow to mid tempo songs. It’s a great one to have a bit of a boogie to with the ‘um-cha’ verses followed by the cross rhythm ‘dance’ like bridge section. It leaves a great foundation for the songs message!
This was a sure fire single from the start, Sera & Frankie brought this to a writing session and it just fell together really quickly. It was written with a definite dance style tempo and feel in mind, and that instantly gives you an infectious head start. I really like the message in this song & it definitely struck a chord with everyone that heard it & that’s great for us to know we’re on the right path!
A funky little number ! We tried to make this sound as much as possible like a dance track, but played by live band… I think it works really well… it’s great fun to play and one that gets people up dancing every time. Always a nice moment in the set !
‘Just Be’ is one of my favourite studio memories. It was the first time we worked with the uber talented Jez Larder and was a really effortless track to record. It’s probably turned out a bit more pop than some of the other tracks but there’s so many hooks in all the parts I think that was inevitable. I think I love it even more because of this and it’s brilliant to have dual lead vocal. There’s even a proper message in the lyrics apparently…….but we all know it’s about the drums and bass don’t we?
A few ‘Just Be’ style quotes for you all…..
‘The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are one’s own eyes when they look upon her own person,’ Alexander Pope, English Poet
‘Be yourself, everyone else is taken,’ Oscar Wilde
‘Be yourself, who else is better qualified?’ Frank J Giblin
‘Be careful how you are talking to yourself, because you are listening!’ Lisa M. Hayes
‘The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are. The second greatest is being happy with what you find.’
Order the album ‘BE’ here!