Every once in a while, somewhere between pop hits about dancing and love, a different kind of song hits the radio waves. A song that is more than just a catchy melody, a song that tries to make a statement, a song that is equal parts medium and message.
“Brave,” originally by Sara Bareilles and Jack Antonoff (the guitarist of Fun.), is one of those songs. Many of us know that music can be a safe haven for anybody who is afraid to be him or herself, so we chose to sing this song in support of all those who’ve ever been bullied or pressured into not saying and being who they really are.
We also had a lot of fun making this video, playing on the fact that imitation of instruments is fairly common in contemporary a cappella music. Many of us actually play the instruments we’re using in the video!
We filmed at the summit of Bear Mountain overlooking the majestic Hudson Valley, and at various Sing For Hope pianos throughout New York City.
You can learn more about Sing For Hope and their NYC piano project here.