You may recall a couple of weeks ago when we brought you news of a smashing new self-empowerment pop anthem called ‘1954’, vocalled by Canadian-based songstress Michaela May.
“‘1954’ is a song that represents empowerment and strength in a world where people can and will criticize your every move,” she said of the release. “I wrote the song out of frustration with old school societal norms that have no place in today’s culture. I wanted to write something that empowers people to live their life the way they choose.”
Now it comes with its own music video, which, like the song’s message, extends its middle finger to the conformists who suggest you have to look a certain way, behave a certain way, wear your hair a certain way in order to fit into “the norm”.
“I didn’t want the true meaning of “1954″ to be completely lost in a catchy melody and lyrical metaphors,” Michaela says, “So I knew I had to make a statement. For the video, I focused particularly on women and the treatment of women. Society often talks about how far women have come, but there are still some fundamental issues that beg the question, is this still ‘1954?’ I wanted to create something visually that highlighted this. I didn’t want to make a ‘pretty’ pop music video, I wanted to make a video that made a statement about how I feel I still believe we have a long way to go with societal norms and pressures and hopefully my video will prompt some discussion and thought about how we can move forward.”