If you haven’t seen the video of the cast from “The Greatest Showman” rehearsing “This is Me,” stop what you are doing, and click this video. In it, you will experience music’s unique ability to move our emotions deeply and powerfully.
The song, written by Benj Pasket and Casey Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen), challenges all of us to accept the broken parts of ourselves and embrace ourselves as glorious human beings.
Keala Settle, who plays the bearded woman in the movie, sings:
I am not a stranger to the dark
Hide away, they say
'Cause we don't want your broken parts
I've learned to be ashamed of all my scars
Run away, they say
No one'll love you as you are
This video captures the first time the entire cast rehearsed the song together, and the emotion pours out of everyone in the room. Tears flow and joy explodes across peoples’ faces as they sing out this fundamental truth:
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I'm meant to be, this is me
Look out 'cause here I come
And I'm marching on to the beat I drum
I'm not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
Why is it that music unlocks emotions within us that often times feels inaccessible? How does music helps us to feel the things we need to feel? I watched this video with a few friends yesterday, and at the end of it each of us had tears in our eyes. Such is the power of music to move us, to inspire us, to engage our emotions in meaningful ways.