Stop Feeling Ashamed and Let it Go

So, before we get started a word of advice to any poor souls that have somehow managed to avoid seeing Disney’s Frozen thus far: GO WATCH IT NOW!

And by advice, I mean it is a non-negotiable requirement that you go watch it immediately.

Stop reading this and go watch the fucking movie or I can’t be friends with you anymore, I’m sorry.

I like you. I want us to be friends.

So please go watch it and you can thank me later.

Okay, now that we got that out of the way…

Why Elsa is Awesome

let it go

Okay, so I get it that Anna is an important character in this story too and everything because she’s all supportive of her sister and willing to help or whatever.

Side note to anyone not familiar with the real world: this usually doesn’t happen.

Most of the time, you won’t have the support of family or friends when it comes to being the person you truly want to be. If you DO, consider yourself very lucky.

However, most of us will not have an Anna or her calm understanding and acceptance of whatever sets us apart from other people in general. So it’s best not to plan for it.

But in my opinion, Elsa is the interesting and significant one in this fairy tale.

Right from birth, she is not like other people because she has magical powers that she struggles to conceal and control until all hell freezes over.

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Concerned about the potential dangers associated with having said powers, her parents encourage her to hide the magic and try to help her get a handle on things so she doesn’t accidentally start the next ice age.

But what I love about Elsa is that she represents everyone who is somehow different than those around them.

The ice magic is just a symbolic place holder for any label describing a marginalized group of people.

Maybe it’s her sexuality. Or a drug addiction. Her chosen lifestyle.

Doesn’t matter. It is all of these things and more.

What matters here is that there is something about her that others fear, fail to understand and shun because it is unfamiliar.

No Victims Here

Also important to note is that Elsa is NOT a victim in this story.

She isn’t some perfect saint that is being persecuted for no good reason by a kingdom full of lunatics.

On the contrary, her powers prove greater than even she had ever realized and the consequences are drastic.

She doesn’t know how to fully control the magical powers that seem so strongly bound to her volatile emotions.

Sometimes she accomplishes what she wants with them, but at others she is at their mercy and along for the ride.

When Anna visits her in the ice castle and tries to reassure her that everything will be okay and offers her support, Elsa tells her to go away and stay away for her own safety.

More than once, she accidentally allows her emotions to overcome her and the resulting magic puts her sister in danger.

She’s not a saint, nor is she perfect.

She is more complicated than most fairy tale heroins and even most villains too.

Let it Go is Fucking Epic

 

And I do mean E.P.I.C.

If you thought Ariel made you want to be Part of That World, think again.

If Cinderella thought she had schooled you on how A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, she’ll be beating herself like a red-headed stepsister here soon.

If you don’t believe me, you can even ask Pocahontas if all those Colors of the Wind are still looking as bright and bold?

 

This song is pure self-empowerment and requires a lung capacity I will never fucking have, sadly.

It’s about celebrating yourself and accepting who you are.

It’s also about saying “fuck off” to everyone who doesn’t “get you.”

It’s about coming to appreciate and enjoy your solitude.

It’s about reinventing yourself, starting over from scratch.

Just fucking listen to the damn song and for fuck’s sake, watch the fucking movie please before I have to break up with you forever.

 

Tori Amos Covers

It’s no secret that I love to sing me some karaoke when I have the house to myself or when I’m busy using every drop of hot water in an epic shower (where I, like most people, have my absolute best ideas).

Another well-known fact is that I’m a HUGE Tori Amos fan and have been for ages (I can say that now because I’m old).

It was actually my stepfather who introduced me to her around 2001-2002 or somewhere in there. He had been a fan for a long time and he got me hooked on her right away.

When I was a Freshman in High School, my stepfather attempted suicide by overdosing and he spent the following couple weeks in a psych ward at the VA hospital in Portland, OR.

While they were evaluating him, I borrowed his copy of Little Earthquakes on CD and listened to it with my headphones over and over again.

I think I have every track memorized, with the exception of “Me and a Gun.”

I don’t just mean the lyrics. I mean every sound, instrumental, the tone for every word sang. I know them through and through.

China


 

From there, I moved on to “Under the Pink,” “Boys for Pele,” “From the Choirgirl Hotel,” “To Venus and Back,” “Strange Little Girls,” “Scarlet’s Walk,” and “The Beekeeper.”

She has released several newer albums, but I’ve fallen a bit behind on them at this point.

Leather


 

I was lucky enough to see her live on two occasions and both were awesome.

The first time was on December 14, 2002, on her Scarlet’s Walk Tour at the Chiles Center in Portland, OR.

The second was on July 11, 2009 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall downtown, with my best friend Rick.

Parasol


 

“China” and “Leather” are both from Little Earthquakes, and “Parasol” is from The Beekeeper.

These are only a few of my favorite Tori Amos songs.

And yeah…don’t even start!

At no point did I claim my Tori Amos covers were decent OR even bearable! LOL

I’d also like to give credit to the YANTA (You Are Not Tori Amos) Youtube channel for providing all of the instrumental tracks I use for my covers.

My Favorite Tori Amos Songs