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New Single: "On My Own" by Shamir

Motivational Muses Review | by Eli Agawu

Released on: June 11, 2020

Pride Month is here, and with it comes indie rock artist Shamir’s new single, “On My Own”; a perfect way to tell us all that being yourself, with yourself, can be the best way to be.

Introducing the track is a solo drumline, which sets the stage for the hard-hitting guitar riff that soon joins. A simple B major key makes itself known, right before the popping voice of Shamir enters. Their voice is striking, a beacon in the song; it’s hard not to notice the star quality in it. Something about the way they say “I refuse to f*cking suffer/ just to feel whole” makes me sit up and pay attention (not that a listener wouldn’t have been from the jump).

This track speaks to me in a way that few have. The message to be okay, nay, at peace with oneself, was one that I think more people than me need to hear. It’s inspiring, beautiful, and almost haunting in a way. The ghosts of times where I didn’t love myself floated around my head, then dissipated when Shamir told me “I don't mind to live all on my own/ And I never did/And I don't care to feel like I belong/But you always did.” The lyrics speak to scores of people who need to be told this, and the message was touching to receive.

For anybody struggling to feel whole, or wanting to belong: Listen to Shamir’s “On My Own” on multiple streaming platforms twice, then call me in the morning. I promise, you’ll feel a bit more whole than you did before.


Shamir is an indie rock artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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