The Artist: The Maine
The Song: "Am I Pretty?"
Where you heard it first: I first heard this song when I bought the new album from my favorite band, but today is the day that the powerful music video debuted on YouTube and watching it for the first time brought tears to my eyes.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: The powerful message of the music video makes the listener hear the lyrics in a completely different way. Instead of this being a song about whether we think we're pretty or not, it's a song about whether we think we're good enough or not. It makes us see our peers in a different way and look at everyone a little closer to see what exactly is beautiful about them.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: Though The Maine sometimes puts out goofy and fun tracks about hanging out with your best friends and getting drunk in bars, there are times when the lead singer, John O'Callaghan brings us a song that we never thought had a deeper meaning until he explains them a little better. Case in point, "Jenny" off of Pioneer is about how he wouldn't be who he is today without the support of his mother and "Every Road" off of Black and White is about how his grandfather never thought that a career in music would pay the bills. "Am I Pretty?" is just another example of the deep meanings that music can have for all of us.
-- Kelly Lee