Dory’s Soundtrack Day One: Lose Yourself – Eminem

23 August 2013

Warning: today’s post and track contain explicit language!

This track may come as a bit of a surprise to those who know me as a rock chick. I wouldn’t regard myself as the World’s biggest fan of rap, but I consider Eminem to be a lyrical genius, and have already quoted from today’s song in a previous blog. Just over a year ago, as I was on the verge of signing with Book Guild and taking the first step towards realising my dreams, the opening lyrics of Lose Yourself really struck a chord with me:


If you had one shot, or one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment,

Would you capture it?

Or just let it slip?’

Today’s song is about more than the lyrics, though. The raw emotion that Eminem pours into this track never fails to raise the hairs on the back of my neck. The desperate need to achieve his dream, summed up in a few words:

‘Success is my only motherfucking option,

Failure’s not!’

I can recognise the passion behind these lyrics. In expressing how he feels about his music, Eminem has summed up exactly how I feel at this moment in time as I nervously anticipate my future as a published, but as yet unknown, author.

Lose Yourself – Eminem


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