this song represents my life

FIRST LISTEN: Lea Michele’s New Single ‘Love Is Alive’ Off Her Upcoming Album Places

Three years after releasing her debut album Louder, Lea Michele is finally giving fans what they’ve been waiting for — new music.

The Scream Queens star, 30, has been teasing her new album, Places, over the last several weeks and even embarked on a series of intimate shows where she previewed some of her new songs.

Michele’s first single, “Love Is Alive,” off the new album is “such a special song for me,” she tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I wanted a song on the album that represented where I am personally in my life right now, and this song is exactly that.”

Available on iTunes on Mar. 3, the song is “about believing in love and the power and beauty of love,” she says. “It made me so happy while recording it, and I hope it brings the same light and joy to everyone else as it has for me.”

The singer’s album teaser video (which she shared exclusively with PEOPLE above) was shot downtown at an old theater that reminded her of her Broadway days.

“This album is really about coming back to my roots and the music and artists that inspired me growing up,” she says. “Being that I grew up in New York and on Broadway, I wanted this video to be shot at a theater to give the illusion of coming back home.”

This might sound really extra but honestly it’s like each song represents a different era in my life and it’s like i’m reliving it all at once and I can’t explain exactly what i’m feeling but it’s really overwhelming just wow

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European Wild Wild World Tour is officially over.
You see, Bastille and I have come a long way together. They were there when I failed my year at uni and decided not to give up. They were with me through dark times and happy times. They came along to trips around Europe. They were with me through long days and longer nights.
Bastille has been the soundtrack to my life since 2013. Every one of their songs represents a snapshot of time and a feeling of timelessness.
Getting to see them in Vienna and Zurich was a blast. Being at their gig is my safe place, my happy place. Meeting so many amazing and beautiful people was bonus. I made new friendships, i made wonderful memories and all that thanks to four dorks who play music.
Thank you Dan, Kyle, Woody and Will for everything.

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Dear Taylor,

My name is Franco and I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I would love to meet you; I’m a huge fan of yours, and it would be just an honour to meet you. You really inspired and helped me a lot with your music; I just wish i could tell you all this face-to-face because you mean a lot to me.

My wildest dream is one day being able to meet you and hug you. Many would say it’s impossible but, don’t you dream impossible things?

You deserve the world and so much more. Here’s why: 🌸

Your talent is unimaginable. Unique. Special. 🌹

Taylor, there are no imaginable words that could ever describe how I feel about you, how much I love you, how much I need you… 💕

Your music is the only thing that can cheer me up in the worst case scenarios. Your sweet and soft voice reaches my heart right in the moment it plays; having an amazing effect on me. I suddenly feel better and full of energy. You and your music have helped me to go through very difficult and tough situations; you made me see the world with a whole different perspective: a more beautiful and complex one. You helped me understand many aspects of life: such as the concepts of love, tragedy, and beauty. ❄️

Whenever I listen to your music, most of the time, I cry. This is not because it makes me feel sad; it’s because the lyrics are so deep that they make me feel emotional. Each of your songs represents a memory in my life; one moment that every time I listen to “its song”, it comes up. 🌊

I am so proud of being a Swiftie. I am also proud of having you, Taylor, as my idol; my role model. Even if you don’t know me, you can count with me on everything. I’m always gonna be here for you; I’ll always support you no matter what. I love you so much, Tay. You are the best thing that has ever happened to this planet.

I love you, Taylor Alison Swift.

- Franco

@taylorswift

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I just really ❤ RED….it’s my favorite era out of all for many reasons but especially for the song “Begin Again” because at that time in my life I had to begin again my life over in my early 40s after leaving an abusive marriage after being with him for 13 years ( weird I know) There are so many songs on thus album that represent that time in my life….We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together for my ex but also for the man I met who has been there through thick and thin and Everything Has Changed is our song…and he did and had Stay Stay Stay with me all these years ( 7 years now) So RED is my favourite…❤❤❤❤
@taylornation @taylorswift

dan howell aesthetic on 8tracks

every song represents a moment in dans life so far

1. teenagers / my chemical romance 2. sunburn / muse 3. fragments / an unkindness 4 .at least i’m no as sad / fun. 5. bethoven’s fifth gold digger / kanye west vs bethoven 6. waste / foster the people 7. tessellate / alt-j 8. is this happiness / lana del rey 9. afraid of the dark / phildel 10. i want to know your plans / say anything 11. good life / kanye west 

music means the whole entire world to me. It means life, it means death…happiness and sadness. I can choose a song to represent a happy moment in my life with a lyric or cry along to a sad song whenever I can relate…music (as cliche as it is) saved me. and it continues to do so. If music all of a sudden stopped, I’d actually never be happy ever again. So if you want to know what music means to me, think of me as a book. And the music, is the words in it.

I’ve decided posting this picture of me I took when 1989 came out. It represents a lot for me. It means that I relate closely to the album. It means that each lyric written on those polaroids connect with me somehow. It’s like they tell about my stories. It’s like taylorswift could know what I’ve lived in my life and decided to put all of those feelings and emotions into songs. And that’s for me the difference between taylorswift and other artists: she can put it all together: lyrics, rhythm, emotions… And touch every single person that stops and listens to her songs.
She said ‘these songs were once about my life. Now they are about yours’ , but what she doesn’t know is that it’s been all about everybody, everywhere in the world, since the beggining. She was blessed with a gift of helping others with the power of music. And that’s so inspiring.
I just wanted to let her know that I represent, in that picture, each one of you, swifties, in different countries, with different lives, living totally different things and phases of life, but that somehow feel the same emotions, because we’re all humans. Humans that write many different stories, like the many songs she has put in those polaroids. Stories that are in our body and souls, also like all those polaroids in the picture.
I wanted to represent that her songs are part of my life, and a part of myself. Because besides telling my stories, it’s a part of my everyday life. All the time in all these years that I’ve spent listening her songs (and believe me, it’s a long time). She has become a part of me. The best part of me. And I’m never letting this go.

‘24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault’ was released on October 7, 2014. 

“Each song is a lifetime… Each song has a soul… Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story… They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken hearted and the survivors… These songs are the memories – the 24 Karat gold rings in the blue box… These songs are for you.”
From the very beginning of the first song I wrote before I turned 16 to the last song I ever wrote, there’s a certain thread that I use because it’s just what I do… The songs are all about love and heartbreak – how to pick up the pieces – how to keep moving… I’m really chronicling love from the very beginning. When you write a song and it doesn’t go on a record, it floats around in your life for years. You think about it and go over it until it becomes part of your world. These songs are now 24 Karat Gold.”

How I Got Here

The 10 songs that helped me find my way to music.

The following is a playlist of 10 songs, each of which represent a defining moment in my relationship with music. Before you get too excited, this is not a list of my 10 favorite songs. It is not a compilation of the 10 most brilliant pieces of music I’ve ever heard in my life. These songs are landmarks. They represent the turns and bumps that guided me along the way, pushing me forward down the road that eventually led to me sitting alone with my guitar in the stairwell of my college dorm thinking to myself–I need to do music.

Some of these are, in fact, all-time favorite songs of mine, while others came into my life quite randomly, with little meaning other than whatever realization or event came from hearing them.

The last song in the playlist is from my freshman year of college–over 10 years ago. I didn’t include any music after that point because the way I see it, by the time I hit college, I was on my path. I knew roughly who I was and where I wanted to go. Since then I have found some of my favorite artists. Artists that have moved me and inspired me and challenged me–but they didn’t put me on this path. That was the early stuff. So this is a post dedicated to those songs, the ones that tell the story of how I got here.

I’d recommend going one song at a time, first reading the significance below and then proceeding to listen. There’s a whole lot of words down there. Good luck!

1. Copperline - James Taylor

(6 years old)

We all start out listening to whatever music happens to be played around us. For me, that was James Taylor. He was the soundtrack to much of my early childhood, thanks to my dad. It wasn’t a passive soundtrack that went in one ear and out the other, but one that came to be associated with love and happiness and family. When I listen to this song I remember what it felt like to be six–for my whole existence to be centered around four people: my parents and my two sisters. I remember staring out the side window of our van during road trips, watching giant mountains float by. I remember dyeing easter eggs with my mom and sisters in a cabin. The memories themselves are nothing too profound, but it’s the feeling of warmth and love and safety associated with them and with this song that are so vivid to me.

James Taylor gave me a deep love for music before I probably even understood what that meant. Thanks to him, from an early age, music was woven into the best moments of my life and I like to believe that’s where it all began–with me in the back of the car absorbing the sounds of James’ sweet voice and beautiful guitar.

2. Again - Janet Jackson

(8 years old)

This was the first time it dawned on me that you don’t have to sing like a kid. Up until then it was all “Ba Ba Black Sheep” and “Twinkle, Twinkle,” until one day, my friend Randi Lopez (hello and thank you, wherever you are) taught me this song, and suddenly I realized singing could be expressive and emotional and so much more than just making noises come out of your mouth. I was hooked. I only listened to the song a few times, but I just remember singing it over and over and over again. I was in love with what it felt like to REALLY sing, and I couldn’t stop.

3. The Sign - Ace of Base

(8 years old)

Happy Nation by Ace of Base was the first album I ever owned. It was the first time I felt any ownership over music, actually. I lay on the ground of our family room and read through the lyric book over and over. I knew every word to every song. It was the first time I ever had the experience (I’m sure some of you can relate) of one song ending and knowing the exact note the next song would start on. It was a pretty magical thing.

On top of this marking the beginning of my appreciation for what an album and songs and lyrics really meant, this song in particular represents another completely unrelated and slightly sad realization. It was third grade and I was in the back of a minivan with probably five other girls. We were on our way to Palace Park–one of those mini golf/arcade/crazy-kid-filled places. “The Sign” came on the radio and everyone in the car started belting it out in excitement. I was aware at this time that none of these screaming girls were particularly adept at singing, BUT, the thing I realized was that they were all belting out notes that I couldn’t touch–that even though they didn’t sound great doing it, everyone could hit notes that were well outside of my range. Ever since then, my limited range has been something I’ve struggled with and worked hard at to improve throughout my life.

4. Ironic - Alanis Morissette

(10 years old)

Thanks to this song, I bought Alanis’ album Jagged Little Pill, and thanks to that album, I learned how to harmonize (and subsequently learned how much I loved doing so). People often ask how one learns to harmonize, but I have no other way of explaining the phenomenon other than my brain got so tired of singing the melodies over and over again while listening to this album on repeat that it just made me start singing the harmonies instead. That was it. All of a sudden, one day, I could sing a harmony to anything.

5. Long Ago - Mariah Carey

(10 years old)

I had been singing pretty straight along to Ace of Base and Alanis for the couple years preceding this, but then Mariah came along and got me all excited about control. “Long Ago” was kind of “Again” 2.0 for me in that I sang it over and over and over again (sorry, family!) desperately trying to mirror her runs and trills and nuances. Though it’s a skill I am still far from mastering, certain aspects of it (the less impressive ones, mind you) have definitely influenced my personal style of singing that’s developed over the years.

6. Quiet Little Place - K’s Choice

(13 years old)

Oh, middle school. It is a weird time for us all. Though on the outside I was a normal enough kid, I somehow found my way into a tight group of brilliant but weirdly self-proclaimed social outcasts (my friend Ryan wore a velvet cape to school…my mom made it). We were good kids, but we were an odd bunch.

Anyway, this was around the time I discovered a band called K’s Choice, thanks to my older sister Misa introducing them to me via this song–“Quiet Little Place.” They quickly became my favorite band, and still remain up there to this day. When my friends and I hung out, I often spent the afternoon sitting alone in a dark closet listening to this album (the emotional, brooding teenager that I was).

No one I knew listened to, let alone knew of, K’s Choice. They were mine. Their lyrics spoke to me in a way I’d never experienced before. This was the first time I felt not only ownership over music, but defined by music. For the first time I saw how important a voice, a melody, or a lyric could be to someone, and it is remembering how I felt back then that gives me even more of an appreciation when people tell me what my music means to them today.

7. Hello World - Belle Perez

(15 years old)

I need to do a little catching up for you before I get to this song. In the winter of my sophomore year of high school, the whole Grannis clan attended a Christmas concert put on by the Citrus Community College. Halfway through, I slipped out the side exit, ran to the bathroom and started bawling. Eventually my sister Misa found me and asked me what was wrong. I didn’t really know. I felt a deep, incurable sadness and I didn’t know why. I skipped out on the rest of the evening and spent it alone in my parents’ car, recuperating from my breakdown and trying to make sense of it all. Slowly it started to dawn on me. I had been sitting there watching all of these people stand up in front of me and sing their hearts out, and in that moment, somewhere deep inside of me I realized–I needed to do that. I needed to sing.

Fast-forward a couple of months, I’ve now quit orchestra (I played violin for 8 years) and am singing every opportunity I can. Unfortunately, due to a severe lack of self-confidence and being fairly shy, what “every opportunity” actually meant was “recording vocals to every karaoke track I could download on Napster.” Awkward.

Thankfully, this was a short-lived phase, thanks to this song. I remember sitting on the floor of my bedroom listening to the radio when this song came on. I’d heard it a million times before but for some reason something new stood out to me this time–guitar. It was a super clean, very distinguishable, simple guitar part. So simple-sounding, in fact, that all of a sudden it occurred to me that I could probably make a guitar make those sounds. I ran downstairs, grabbed my aunt’s old guitar from under our piano (I’d never touched it before), ran back up to my room and sat there on the floor listening to this song. I fiddled around on the frets until I found the notes I was hearing, and before the song ended, I was playing along. Horribly, mind you, but I was doing it, and that’s when everything changed. Holy smokes. I don’t need to sing to karaoke anymore. I can play the music myself.

The next month I spent locked away in my room teaching myself guitar. I mostly did so by learning songs I knew thanks to tabs people had posted online. Through that I learned all the basic chords and figured out some strumming and picking patterns.

Then one day it happened, very much without warning, I wrote a song. I didn’t plan on it or see it coming, but it happened and it changed my life. All of a sudden it made sense. The love for music. The urge to sing. I was missing an element, and it was this. For the first time in my life I was able to really express myself, and it was through song.

Unfortunately, Spotify only has a medley version of “Hello World”… and it’s in Spanish, so for a more accurate picture–you can take a listen to “Hello World” here.

8. Complicated - Avril Lavigne

(16 years old)

At this point I’d probably been writing songs for about a year, and while I’d pretty much kept it a secret (scared to death to actually share it with anyone), the seeds of my dream had already been planted. I wanted to sing and share my music with the world somehow.

I remember the intersection I was stopped at with my mom when “Complicated” came on the radio for the first time–Marguerite Parkway and Avery, just down the street from my high school. It felt like someone lit a fire under me. In the year before this, both Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton had exploded onto the music scene, and now there was Avril. Girls my age were playing instruments and writing songs and singing–and getting on the radio. I realized this was a thing that actually happened. And, indeed, it was happening, and I felt like I wasn’t even in the race.

Sadly this didn’t change the fact that I was still too scared to play in front of people for quite some time, but suddenly I felt not only that my dream was possible, I felt a sense of urgency.

9. After An Afternoon - Jason Mraz

(17 years old)

I have my little sister, Emi, to thank for Jason Mraz. We’re talking early days, Jason Mraz. Pre-record label, pre-studio recorded album, Jason Mraz. He was just some singer songwriter taking San Diego by storm. I downloaded a live album of his–Live At Java Joe’s, and it connected with me in a very major way. Until this point, all I’d ever been exposed to was pop music on the radio or super produced albums, both of which seemed light years away from the music I was making in my bedroom. Then along come Jason Mraz, just a guy and an acoustic guitar, doing what I was doing, and he was amazing.

I learned a lot of his songs my senior year of high school, my favorite of which was “After An Afternoon.” This was one of probably 25 songs I played at my first show ever–a 2-hour long set at the coffee shop I worked at the week after I graduated high school. Pro-tip: 2 hours is way too long for a first show. So long. So uncomfortable. Despite that, I somehow survived the show and it gave me the bug to keep performing.

10. Let Go - Frou Frou

(18 years old)

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the last chapter of my novel!

I heard “Let Go” for the first time in a trailer for the movie Garden State (a movie that would later become just as influential and meaningful to me as this song did). It was unlike anything I’d ever heard. It struck something in me. It moved me and excited me in a really profound way. I went home, downloaded the song, and then proceeded to listen to it roughly 1,000 more times that year–and that is not an exaggeration. This song felt to me like K’s Choice back in the day. It defined me. And at a time in my life when I was now creating music of my own, this was even more powerful.

I am ending with “Let Go” because to me this feels like the transition. This is the point that songs went from being forces that pushed and pulled me to find music and put it at the forefront of my life, to becoming gifts that helped inspire, shape and challenge me along the little musical road I’ve found myself upon.

Taylor has helped me through so much recently. My parents are going through a divorce and it has been harder than anything I’ve ever experienced. I don’t want to choose sides, or be in the middle anymore, but of course, I am. I’ve also had to deal with other family issues, issues that I’d rather not talk about. Clean has became a really important song in my life. For me, it represents how in spite of those issues, of those rainstorms, I’m doing my best to push through and become, clean. But, with the help of Taylor, I’m pushing though it, as happy as ever. I don’t know what I would do without you Taylor. You mean everything to me. I love you, and I hope you’re doing well. Sending you love, as always.

TAYLOR THANK YOU FOR EVEYTHING. HAVE A BLAST WITH LORDE AND HAIM AND YOUR FRIENDS TONIGHT. THANK YOU FOR THE MOST AMAZING SHOW OF MY LIFE.

THANK YOU FOR SENDING KEVIN OUT TO MAKE OUR LIVES BETTER.
THANK YOU FOR TRYING TO HAVE A BADASS STAGE EVEN IF IT DIDN’T WORK. THE STAGE ISN’T WHAT WE CAME FOR.
THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME CRY DURING ENCHANTED/WILDEST DREAMS BECAUSE THOSE SONGS REPRESENT A CERTAIN TIME IN MY LIFE AND HEARING THEM LIVE WAS AMAZING.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, ESPECIALLY, FOR BEING YOU.
I LOVED YOUR SHOW TONIGHT. IT EAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.
I’LL SEE YOU AGAIN IN 11 DAYS AT GILLETTE NIGHT 1.
LOVE YOU LOTS.
<3 Taryn Lee
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