Earlier this month, the powerhouse sensation JoJo unveiled her newest project, titled, trying not to think about it. But to tell you the truth, this is all we have been thinking about day and night. This 12-track capsule album by GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter JoJo is an artistic expression of her innate honesty, sensitivity, and openness.
“So is it all in my head? It’s not makin’ sense
What is the truth?
Do I love you this much or is this just somethin’ to do?”
Although the record is titled trying not to think about it, is it easy to do so? The way a human brain works is that the more we try and resist thinking about something, or the more we put off confronting it, the worse it gets and the more it mounts. Eventually, we feel overwhelmed by it. This is the underlying theme of JoJo’s new album, especially the song ‘Feel Alright,’ about reaching the point where you would do anything to feel better and happier. The emotions we experience are often something we try to cope with or avoid throughout our lives, yet they remain bottled up inside us.
It is a wrong approach to living our lives as we do not address our emotions adequately. You are allowed to take a few steps back and organize your thoughts to think things through. The idea of constantly pushing yourself beyond boundaries is not necessary every day, so it is okay to take a break from time to time. You should not feel guilty if you want to spend some time in your comfort zone, physically or mentally.
Sometimes, it is okay to be a little selfish and prioritize your mental health, needs, and essentials. Just remember, everything will be alright in the end.
Getting Real With Her Mental Health Struggles!
JoJo recently joined Ebro Darden on Apple Music 1 to discuss her new “capsule project,” trying not to think about it. The album delves into mental health struggles as the artist navigates themes surrounding depression and anxiety in her transparent and cohesive release using familiar imagery. JoJo has crafted what she calls a “capsule project,” portraying soothing melodies intertwined with piano tinkles and ethereal synthesizers. It is admirable that JoJo has shown great compassion towards sensitive issues like anxiety, depression, relationships failures, and emotional immaturity. In her words, the album feels like a warm weighted blanket with a delicate feeling of intimacy. Towards the end, it reminds us to exhale and breathe as we are ‘Good Enough.’
This time last year, I was in a place where I was questioning my whole existence. I was questioning, “what the hell am I doing? Am I even good enough to keep making music and to continue in this game?” I have such disdain for the industry yet such love for music. What I’m saying is I’m not good at politicking, I’m not good at that part of the game. But I love music, I love making it, I love connecting with my fans.
JoJo on opening up about her mental health struggles
The pandemic affected nearly everyone around the world in some way. It slowed down our lives to an unbelievable extent that we felt as though time stood still. It forced us to be more introspective in a way we hadn’t anticipated, and JoJo was no exception. She said,
I’ve been in therapy for a long time, for almost ten years. I’ve been talking to my therapist, so I’m aware of where my hangups come from. I understand that getting your value as a young person from fame and chart positioning and access and acclaim and all those things can be very detrimental to your sense of self-worth. So then it puts you on this sliding scale of like, oh if I don’t perform, if I don’t produce, if I don’t achieve this result, I must not be good, intrinsically. I don’t matter. I think that’s where a lot of things come from.
Writing Through The Depression!
While working on her album, trying not to think about it, JoJo realized that she needed to write through the depression that she was experiencing this past year, as doing so would allow her to be honest with her feelings. Despite the pressure of recording an album aimed at the charts, she decided to break the pattern. She wanted to reconnect with herself and follow her instincts. JoJo wanted to compose enthralling songs that speak to her and bring comfort to her admirers and audience. Unlike competing in the charts race and beating the numbers, she just wanted to be honest with herself and her audience. It is least to say that we are profoundly touched by JoJo’s thoughtful, passionate approach to the writing of her album. As ironic as it sounds, this is all we’ve been thinking about in contrast to the album title.
“I wouldn’t tell you to come over just to hold me
If I wasn’t so scared of bein’ lonely
Like holdin’ on to the edge of a knife
Just to feel alright”
The Apple Music 1 interview gave us a fascinating insight into the production of our favorite song, ‘Feel Alright.’ JoJo got inspiration from a hook she heard that singer-songwriter Kehlani developed while working on her own project. Kehlani originally cut the hook with different verses, pre-synthesizers, and melodies. The song was introduced to JoJo by her friend and music producer Rob Grimaldi, known for his work on ‘Butter’ for K-pop mega-group BTS. She was hooked on the beat the moment she heard it, and she could not stop listening to it. Throughout the song, she revised the verses and tweaked the melody here and there. That’s how our current favorite track, ‘Feel Alright,’ came into being, and we can’t get enough of it.
The song makes us feel something on the inside. She adorns the single with her exquisite vocals, and it is an absolute delight. The song showcases vulnerability, intimacy and the lyrics are so captivating! It is by far one of her best vocal performances to date that has completely wowed us. Watch the official music video for ‘Feel Alright’ below:
Stream and purchase trying not to think about it here!
We cannot wait to hear what JoJo has in store for our musical palette. How about you? Are you looking forward to hearing more music from her as much as we are? Be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments section below, or let’s continue the conversation by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP!
Featured Image Source/Key Quotes: JoJo via Twitter/ Warner Records; Key Quotes: Ebro Darden on Apple Music 1.
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