If you’re looking for a song to instantly brighten your day, look no further than “Be Good,” the upcoming single from Season 7 American Idol finalist Brooke White. “Be Good” is featured on White’s newest album Calico where her indie-pop/folk-pop roots intersect with her Arizonian/Californian country-twang to create a truly serendipitous record.
“Be Good” is the 10th track on Calico—short for California Country—and was written by White for her children. At its core, the song is an anthem for self-love, kindness, and perseverance, communicating how the world isn’t isn’t so “black and white,” but rather filled with obstacles that you must try your best to get through. White’s vocals float effortlessly along the soft strums of guitar and upbeat backing track that gives the song its light and easy momentum.
Mistakes, you know I’ve made em
Heartaches, I know how they hurt
Some days you might forget
Who you are
So be good to someone
Be good to yourself
And always be
The best you can
Not only is “Be Good” a wonderful track for her children, White’s moving lyrics, uplifting message and the overall Californian vibe that permeates with every beat is something we could probably all benefit from, especially when the going gets tough (which, as we all know, it often does).
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