Little Miss Brianna

Brianna writes about how Sugarland holds a special place in her heart, and has even written a song for them. And if you haven’t seen it yet, she wrote a BEAUTIFUL poem about the tragedy in Indiana. (See below)

As I am writing this to you, I am listening to ‘Little Miss,’ and I can’t help but think about how many times I’ve listened to this song, and how I seem to learn something new every time I let the melody ring within me. That’s one of my favorite things about Sugarland and their music; I learn something new about myself every time I play one of their songs.

My name is Brianna and I am a senior at Illinois State University double majoring in graphic design and arts technology. I’ve thought for so long about what to write and how to write it, and I’ve chickened out every time from fear of letting out my secret. I grew confidence in seeing other people’s stories, so to anyone who has submitted a LMP story, thanks! =)

In the summer of 2008, I attended summer school at ISU, and lived in a dorm room all to myself. Not many students take summer classes, so the campus was practically empty. Everyday I went to class for a few hours, came home, and did my homework. I started writing poetry about various things that had happened to me in high school, because I was holding onto grudges sometimes, and I found that poetry helped me let go of the past. Those poems soon turned into songs, and for the entire summer, I went to class, came home and did homework, and wrote songs. Every day. Since 2008, I have written almost one hundred songs (92 to be exact), but I have yet to tell a single person about my dream of being a songwriter, until now that it is.

Three years is a long time to keep a secret, and throughout these past three years I’ve had days where I want to give up on this dream and stop trying to figure out ways to accomplish it, because in reality, I know the chance is one in a million, but I can’t help but feel like I’ll regret it later if I don’t try now. It’s hard trying to live out your dream when it’s a secret that you’re trying to keep to yourself.

So, this story brings me to Sugarland. Jennifer and Kristian are my absolute two favorite people in the entire world. I went to their concert in Bloomington, IL and when they first opened and I saw them and felt their energy, I couldn’t help but be completely consumed by their words and music. I’m heading to the Rockford, IL show next, and I can bet that it will only be another awe-inspiring experience. I admire their energy, their willingness to push the boundaries and to try new things, and their astounding vocal and instrumental abilities. What I love about them the most is how they seem to write a song about every single emotion or experience that I have been through. They have a song for me to dance to and a song for me to cry to, and several that fit in between. When I have had a bad day, the first thing I do is turn on Sugarland, and it somehow puts everything back into perspective. It fixes me; it takes all of the little broken parts and puts them back into a whole again.

I have adopted the infamous Sugarland heart symbol into my life. I believe that Jennifer and Kristian have a different kind of heart. They have this inescapable ability to take all of the stories from those who adore them (us fans), and put them into songs, and share them with us. They see who we are without really knowing us, they feel what we feel, and they open their hearts and let us in, and I hope that we as fans do the same for them. I feel as though I am finally ready to openly start to achieve this dream. I think it’s time. Sugarland’s lyrics have taught me well, and the song Little Miss in particular will continue to strengthen me and teach me new lessons everyday. That little heart with two wings means more to me than anything in the world, and Little Miss epitomizes me to my core. If there is one thing that I have learned from Jennifer and Kristian, and the anthems that they sing, it is to let your heart fly. Let it take you to new heights, to different places, on a journey that makes you who you are. I’ve written a song to Jennifer and Kristian called ‘Sugarland Heart.’ It’s a song filled with words that I would say to them if I could ever meet them. It’s about what they’ve taught me, and all that they mean to me, and what that little heart with two wings will continue to do for me. That Sugarland Heart is simply amazing.

The song:

The lyrics:

The words, you sing
They invade my soul, like you’ll never know
When I feel, so gone
I turn on your music and it proves me wrong
And I know that I’m loved, that I’ll somehow get up
From the place I’m in
You’re slowly teaching me how to smile again.

Because when I’m searching, to find my soul
You take all the parts, bring them back to a whole
When I’m broken you fix me
Tell me that it’s alright.
When I feel like the ends coming near
Your music’s like lending an ear
Helping my troubled soul find its way through the dark,
With your Sugarland heart.

My name’s, little miss
And I cry at night, hiding behind
My secret, dreams
That I silently wonder if I’ll ever achieve
But you know what it’s like, to spend your whole life
Trying to please everyone but yourself
I’m slowly getting stronger with little miss’ help.

Because when I’m searching, to find my soul
You take all the parts, bring them back to a whole
When I’m broken you fix me
Tell me that it’s alright.
When I feel like the ends coming near
Your music’s like lending an ear
Helping my troubled soul find its way through the dark,
With your Sugarland heart.

Not pretty enough, never been in love
Too scared to speak my mind.
But with Sugarland’s heart, I’m beginning to start
To learn how to shine my light.

Because when I’m searching, to find my soul
You take all the parts, bring them back to a whole
When I’m broken you fix me
Tell me that it’s alright.
When I feel like the ends coming near
Your music’s like lending an ear
Helping my troubled soul find its way through the dark,
With your Sugarland heart.

Brianna also wrote an incredible poem about the tragedy in Indiana. Absolutely beautiful.

One little heart, two little wings
A symbol of love, that strongly sings
Of raising your voice, when the darkness falls
Of lighting the fire, to be felt by all.

Seven angels fly, above overhead
Tears fall from the eyes, of the ones that were left
They pray for the strength, to get through every day
But even when it’s sunny, the sky feels gray.

The grieving is hard, the healing is rough
But you’ll make it through, surrounded by love
Shed all your tears, like rain to the ground
Because come one day, it will all turn around.

The haze it will lift, the sky it will clear
The anger subsides, and so do the tears
It’s not always easy, but you’ll make it through,
Because we see the strength, you don’t see in you.

One little heart, two little wings
A symbol of love, it strongly sings
Of raising your voice, when the darkness falls
Of lighting the fire to be felt by all.

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3 thoughts on “Little Miss Brianna

  1. I love it! One day i want to become an author, and my first idea is to write a story about Sugarland, still working it out, i hope you become a songwriter because you are pretty talented! You are loved!

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