Release Date: March 21st 2019
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- Right Where I’m Supposed To Be (feat. Avril Lavigne, Luis Fonsi, Hussain Al Jasmi, Assala, Tamer Honsy)
Ever since I heard “Head Above Water” from Avril Lavigne in September as well as Head Above Water in February this year; I have found that Avril’s music has resonated with me quite greatly, and have since explored Avril’s discography prior to her Lyme Disease diagnosis. And though what I initially found was a young woman previously confident of her own identity in the 2000’s and early 2010’s and slowly progressing into a more subdued and reflective artist whom other critics are claiming to be ‘soft’ and not like her previous self musically; a deeper look reveals that Lyme Disease has changed Avril’s outlook on life for the better. Case in point is the whole album of Head Above Water in particular the title track which is one of the most inspiring and impacting worship anthems I’ve heard within the past few years (along with “Reckless Love” and “You Say”!); yet a look outside of Avril’s albums reveals a under-the-radar single released in 2015, during the height of Avril’s sickness. “Fly” was recorded especially for the Special Olympics, and is a hopeful, encouraging pop tune that challenges us to keep chasing our dreams even if they look big and scary. On the surface, “Fly” seems to be your average run-of-the-mill pop song, but given that the niche market and the audience Avril was aiming for, had hardship happen to them far beyond anything we could ever imagine, is quite admirable that this song was as moving and inspiring as it was. Even more poignant and remarkable was the fact that Avril recorded this in the midst of her sickness.
Now let’s fast forward til now. The Special Olympics is upon us yet again (I think it’s ever 4 years…correct me if I’m wrong!) and this time the theme song is bigger, more gigantic and grandiose, and had much more thought and planning. “Right Where I’m Supposed To Be” comprises Avril on vocals, along with 5 other international vocalists. Ryan Tedder (lead singer of One Republic), Luis Fonsi (singer of last year’s bi-lingual hit “Despacito”) plus relative unknowns Hussain Al Jasmi, Assala, and Tamer Honsy (well…unknown to America and the western world!) have all teamed up to create a gem of a track- one that inspires us to live the best life that we can, and believe in the concept of us being right where we are supposed to be. Whenever we are having a bad day, or feel as if the world is against us, I reckon a positive, optimistic song like this is sure to reignite our focus and passion for living life to the full. Sure, this song has nothing to do with Jesus- however I reckon it doesn’t need to.
Because Jesus is already moving in this track. The Bible says that God inhabits the praises of his people- and believe it or not, I reckon these six accomplished and professional vocalists are all praising Jesus; perhaps some of them don’t know it yet! As far as this song relates to the Special Olympics; this track uplifts and is sure to give us all determination to succeed in whatever we want to, even if our physical limitations say otherwise. I mean…I could go on and on and on about this track. But I won’t. Because it’s only one song, so I’ll stop and show you all the music video. Whether you want to check out these individual artists’ discographies, that’s up to you! But please check out the music video! What do you think? Pretty cool right?
RIYL: Josh Groban, Ronan Keating, Delta Goodrem, Ed Sheeran, Maren Morris