30 Day Song Project: Day 1 – “The Fighter” Gym Class Heroes


    Track: The Fighter

     Artist: Gym Class Heroes feat. Ryan Tedder

     Record: The Papercut Chronicles II

I confess I cry at songs, but last night was a completely different story. After being hooked on the track “The Fighter” recently I finally checked out the music video.  Just hearing the moving words and seeing the visuals made me weep immensly.  It’s been quite some time since I was that emotionally touched by a song, and I decided to delve into my thoughts on why it had such an impact.

The first obvious reason why this song contains such emotion would be the lyrics.  From the first word to the last, the writing team did not waste any words in this song.  Each line has soul and meaning. For example my favorite line is:

Some of us do it for the females
And others do it for the retail
But I do it for the kids, life threw the towel in on
Every time you fall it’s only making your chin strong

And the chorus:

Give em hell, turn their heads
Gonna live life ’til we’re dead.
Give me scars, give me pain
Then they’ll say to me, say to me, say to me
There goes the fighter, there goes the fighter
Here comes the fighter
That’s what they’ll say to me, say to me, say to me,
This one’s a fighter

It is like someone took the “battery” in my body and charged it to 100%. The  words are that fuel.  It may sound strange. When consider all the other nonsensical songs out there (a certain song about a significant other that shall remain nameless) there is no question that my heart would connect to this versus another pop record.

Another reason why I love this song is because one of the masterminds behind it. I gave praise to Mr. Ryan Tedder in my last post, but in total honesty I cannot praise him enough. He is so brilliant when it comes to writing and producing music. Not only that he gives me anthems. From his own group’s OneRepublic records like “Good Life” to something like Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone” he understands storytelling to a beat. To be put it in cheesy terms “he gets me.”

Along the words, the music behind it works together to make it the powerful record.  You have that driving drum beat that gives it that anthem flair.  The piano motif that carries the song through like a heartbeat. We’re not talking about some dubstep mixing with autotune to reach to the top. We’re talking A grade production to move a generation.

A gentleman who makes an appearance in the video also gives me more reason to love the track. When men’s gymnastics were airing, my sisters and I were all around the television ready to root on Team USA.  I love watching sports, but what I love watching more are the packages illustrating the athletes’ lives. John Orozco’s package started playing and hearing his story was truly inspirational. To go from having a torn Achilles’ tendon to training tirelessly for the Olympics is remarkable. What was even more moving was the fact they underscored his story with “The Fighter.  I completely agreed with my sister when she said, “Aw, NBC you picked ‘The Fighter.’ Well done. Well done.”

In life, everyone has their mountains to climb.  Speaking from experience I have been through a lot in just my short 22 years of life. From the highs of achieving success, to lows of struggle, illness, loss amongst other hardships.  The lows may sometimes bring me down, but I never let them make me stay there. I fight to stay positive. I fight for my family and dear friends, because they got me to where I am today.  I am Stephanie Pham, and I am a fighter.

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