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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Day 23: Sober by Demi Lovato

Inspired by NPR, every day (gulp) from December 1st to 24th, I will be highlighting

a pop culture moment from this year that I loved. Today I talk about the song at the top pf my bad mental health day playlist.

I've loved Demi since Camp Rock, and have watched her journey since then, eagerly listening to each album release. (My favourite is 2013's DEMI). I love the honesty and vulnerability in her work, and her amazing, consistently strong vocals. I'm so grateful I got to see her live this year, and she was everything I hoped she would be.

The moment I wanted to reflect on was her release of Sober, a raw and quietly powerful song about struggling to stay clean and sober. It's a heartfelt, sad and well written song, the specificity and simplicity of the lyrics both drawing a very realistic picture of her personal struggles and at the same time making it relatable for anyone who wrestles with addiction, particularly the rock bottom part.

Demi has always strived to be the writer of her own story, especially in her adult career. Even with her struggles, she has been the one who addresses it first, and most substantively through her music or her words or her documentaries. And Sober was a continuation of this, but it rendered her fanbase surprised, because of its honesty. So much of the stuff she has written has been about being a fighting like a warrior or rising like a skyscraper. But Sober was a reflection on the bad parts, what happens when you find yourself falling, and falling again.

This has thankfully been a relatively good year for me, save for some really tough periods. But I still have a bad mental health playlist, and Sober sits right at the top.

I truly wish Demi all the best. She deserves happiness. She, as ever, wants to be the writer of her own story, so that's that on that.

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