Dear city, the weathers’ been fine,
And my world of endless serenity, beats on my mind.
My days are so sweet, my new made memories they catch on my feet. X2
Dear summer I’ve chased you all over,
Like a hungry little girl so hungry for the world.
My days are so sweet, my new made memories they catch on my feet (I said,) X2
Dear Lord please let this last, my home, my heart, my future and past.
Dear future let me live out my days, filled with everything in every which way. X2
My days so sweet x5
My Happy song! My dad kept asking (in the recording process) why I don’t write happy songs. And so my dear friends, I obliged my Executive Producer (dad) and did my best to abandon the melancholy (I just have a lot of suppressed feeeelings).
Barua ( Swahili for “letters”) is a song about my gap year. It is a song of joy, adventure, new experiences, summer, looking ahead and well…. living! Last year was by far the most incredible year of my life. I did so many things I never thought I would get to do so young. I took a great big fat hold of life and lived fully in every new and even confronting thing. I learn’t a huge amount about independence, home, passion, people and myself.
My last six months in Kenya, however, were the absolute highlight months of my whole year. I found myself thoroughly at home somewhere, for the first time in a very long time. I lay in the sunshine of familiarity, friendship and family and soaked it all in, thanking God that I had so much love in my life.
It brought me to the conclusion that life really is about people. You can see every marvel in the world, drink every kind of interesting locally brewed beer, take 50 000 photos of everything beautiful; but at the end of the day nothing is so wondrous and important as those touches we have with rest of humanity. I am so privileged to be from two worlds. Sometimes it is the thing I like least about my life, but this year has made me realise that it is actually the defining thing in my life. I have the blessing of two passports and two countries where I have family, and friends and people who will always love me and treasure me, where some people barely have even one.
Barua is a letter to all the people, God, places and things that have made my past year such an amazing learning curve, thank you for my year-long summer.