Sing by Vivi Greene wasn’t what I expected, but in a good way.
I can relate to Greene, in the sense that I’ve always had a fascination for pop culture–loving its positives and abhorring its negatives.
I didn’t expect this to be a commentary on life behind the celebrity facade, though. I enjoyed that a lot.
With a simple, warm story, Greene manages to create a pseudo-behind-the-scenes glimpse of what may actually be going on behind all the glitz and glamour for musicians.
Lily Ross loves being a singer and songwriter, especially interacting with her fans.
When her fractured love life takes over, her best friends whisk her away from civilization for awhile. Hoping to be inspired for her new album, Lily commits herself to writing new songs. No men allowed–until she’s caught off guard and falls head over heels yet again.
The parallels here to one particular tall, blonde pop star are unmistakable (down to the book’s cover). Given how often she’s bashed for her choices, this story is the perfect juxtaposition.
Most of her critics surely don’t care enough to consider it, but the reality is that they usually have no idea what it’s like to be under the glaring heat of the spotlight.
Falling in love is hard enough; imagine doing it while the world is watching and mocking the fact that you’re always writing a song about every relationship.
With Sing, we get inside Lily’s head, see and feel her insecurities, and it made me wonder: What are these celebrities really thinking about while the media is climbing all over themselves for gossip?
“Why, when I need inspiration, when I’m feeling stalled or blocked, do I assume that attention from a boy will help? Is my songwriting ability inexorably tied to my inability to stop thinking about boys? The idea makes me feel cringey and weak.” – Sing, Vivi Greene
We’ll never know what’s real and what’s fake in that world while we’re watching it play out from the outside, but we can at least give certain situations the benefit of the doubt and remember they’re human too.