As the world moves ever closer to lockdown and isolation in order to protect our physical health, the conversation around mental health grows in urgency. Fortunately for us, during trying times such as this, we have the voices of people like Taylor Castro to help us through and keep the conversation at the forefront of peoples’ minds.
With ‘Girl, Afraid’, Taylor reinvents herself. She is still the girl with a voice beyond her years who we were introduced to on her remarkable debut, PURE, but this time around she has let us see behind the scenes. “PURE is who I wanted to be without the OCD,” says Castro. “It is still who I am but I wasn’t being totally honest. I had tried to stuff my OCD back down inside me and I didn’t want to write about it. I felt like I wasn’t being true and it was time to address my issues on this record. OCD presents a constant fear and paranoia, so I want ‘Girl, Afraid’ to be a comfort for people who suffer from it as I do.”
In today’s uncertain climate, fear and paranoia are, sadly, commonplace. The fates clearly aligned with the release of this song at the perfect time. We need someone to take charge and be the voice for all those who are suffering in the wake of global change and upheaval, and Taylor Castro has proven that she can do just that.
Beginning with her considerable Instagram following, Castro has asked her fans to come forward with tales of their own mental health struggles. Using the hashtags #BeAPrincessAgain and #RoyalSoul, taken from the beautifully poetic and poignant lyrics to ‘Girl, Afraid’, Castro has begun to create a community. Online communities are exactly what we need at a time like this. With the inability to meet up in person, help such as Castro’s fans have found will become absolutely vital in order to stay strong and feel supported during these times of isolation.
And let’s not forget, music will always be there. Watch the video for ‘Girl, Afraid’ below and remember to get join in the conversation on Instagram using the hashtags #beaprincessagain and #royalsoul
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