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Sara Bareilles Urges You to Make a 'Brave' Statement: VIDEO


Sara Bareilles released the video for her new single "Brave", an anthem to courage and self-expression which was directed by Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones and co-written by fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff.

Although the clip does not directly address it, Bareilles wrote the song for a friend who was struggling with coming out of the closet, the HuffPost reported earlier this month:

"Watching that process made me consider how much of ourselves we feel the need to hide from each other on a daily basis," Bareilles tells The Huffington Post. "It made me want to express support and encouragement for the idea of speaking out for your authentic self... whomever that may be."

In a webisode interview (see below), Antonoff says that "Brave" is "a civil rights anthem in a time when there are no civil rights anthems and there's a giant need for [one]."

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Rashida Jones DIRECTS too? God I love her. (Sara too.)

    Posted by: Gregoire | May 14, 2013 2:29:32 PM

  2. thanks Sara, she looks kind of like Barbra in profile, she can belt it out though.

    Posted by: CD in DC | May 14, 2013 2:38:03 PM

  3. She is a phenom. This makes me love her even more.

    Posted by: jason | May 14, 2013 2:46:31 PM

  4. Beautiful!!

    Posted by: Larry | May 14, 2013 2:48:23 PM

  5. i want to run my fingers through all the beautiful hair on the asian lad. my but that was pretty hair.

    Posted by: bandanajack | May 14, 2013 4:01:24 PM

  6. Maybe this will help somebody coming to grips with their orientation.

    Artistically, however, it's warmed-over, reconstituted feel-good "Glee"-style run-of-the-mill Express Yourself lyrics -- the Public Service Announcement as popular entertainment.

    It looks like almost no thought was put into the video's look or storyline. The flash mob dance moves don't seem fresh. "Speaking out for your authentic self" is a great theme -- it just deserves better than this garden-variety cheesiness.

    Posted by: will | May 14, 2013 4:40:46 PM

  7. But Will, a flash mob is a group performing in public--much less intimidating than the individual performances that precede the flash mob at the end. In addition, this song is sung, rather than spoken--which is most of "Express Yourself." Moreover, anthems often follow similar themes, so why must all of the lyrics be completely original, especially for something intended as a popular song, which is often easy to learn and repeat?

    Posted by: Ronny | May 14, 2013 6:34:17 PM

  8. Reminds me of a joke from college (told by a gay friend): "Why do so many gay men do this?" (Feigns limp wrist.) "Because there's not always enough room to do.....THIS!!" (Jump, throw arms open, huge "ta-daaaa!" gesture with open arms and jazz hands.)

    Posted by: Dback | May 14, 2013 8:07:36 PM

  9. Love. great song, great video. Was smiling the whole time

    Posted by: Jj | May 14, 2013 9:05:01 PM

  10. Love. great song, great video. Was smiling the whole time

    Posted by: Jj | May 14, 2013 9:05:01 PM

  11. Love. great song, great video. Was smiling the whole time

    Posted by: Jj | May 14, 2013 9:05:01 PM

  12. She is just plain awesome...loved it!

    Posted by: Geoff M | May 14, 2013 10:55:30 PM

  13. Is it just me, or has Sara never been more beautiful?

    Posted by: Mike B. | May 15, 2013 3:12:47 AM

  14. I almost never buy music, thanks to the wonder that is Pandora. But, I just bought that song because it's great message and near perfect video.

    Posted by: alex | May 15, 2013 4:36:01 AM

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