She-ro of the Week

Laura Marling: Just Two Decades and 365 days

I am not at all ashamed to admit that I have spent a considerable amount of time in Laura Marling-land this week. One thing led to another and another, which led to a Google search and off I went. For starters, I was shocked to find out that this soulful, timeless voice belonged to someone so young – a 21-year-old, in fact. I dove further in. I was then shocked to find that she has two albums out already with a third on the way. And the videos! Don’t even get me started on the videos! They are beautifully shot, creatively conceived, compelling and a perfect match to the songs.

This girl is doing it. Right now she is out there knocking everyone’s socks off her way and she’s making no apologies. In an interview with The Guardian  she said, “It took a lot of time and practice for me to realise that there’s no point trying to be something you’re not.” Obviously, it was worth it.

It’s all made me wonder though, how many Laura Marlings have we missed out on because they listened when people said, “no” and “you’re too young”? Maybe you should stop listening and follow your heart. Just sayin’.

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