Wow! Seeing Beverly on Idol last night was amazing. Angie talked about how it felt right to be back, reflecting on the Boston Marathon bombings less than a month ago and how she is so proud of her state that is #BostonStrong.
But Angie, Thank YOU for coming back. You brought joy, happiness and excitement to a region that was terrorized and scared just 19 days ago. This visit couldn’t have come at a better time for Angie OR Massachusetts. This was something we ALL needed.
Angie shared with the judges after her stellar performance of P!nk’s “Try” that the hometown visit gave her the focus and drive to push further through this competition. On the flip side Angie’s visit to Beverly further proclaimed #BostonStrong and helped us move on. We are not going to let this shake us; we will congregate in large crowds, parades and concerts and not be afraid of terrorism.
I am sure this is a fluke because this song was the Judge’s pick for Angie, but her performance of “Try” last night speaks to this.
Yes, this song is about an abusive relationship. But if you think of the terrorists as the abusive partner and Bostonians and Americans as the one being abused, this song takes on a whole new meaning. Exactly the point I am driving home.
“….Where there is a flame
Someone’s bound to get burned
But just because it burns
Doesn’t mean you’re gonna die
You’ve gotta get up and try, and try, and try
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try
You gotta get up and try, and try, and try”
I can only imagine how difficult it was being across the country away from friends and family when the bombings occurred. When Angie returned, in true Angie-style, she made a point at her concert to have a moment of silence and reflect on those affected by the terrorism. Something we all needed. Angie needed that moment to feel #BostonStrong with us and we needed the reminder of how precious life is and to never forget.
American Idol did an amazing job sharing this homecoming segment of Angie’s success, Beverly Pride and Boston Strong. We will never forget, but we will move on.
Angie, whatever happens you are a star in our eyes and we are proud to say you are from Beverly.