This week I’m focusing on one of my favourite singers – Marina. She has been a huge inspiration for me, and many others for almost a decade now, so I am excited to feature her in my ‘Strong Women’ section of my blog.
Marina Diamandis, known as Marina professionally and Marina & The Diamonds previously, is a Welsh Greek singer and songwriter. Currently, she has released 5 studio albums and has a deluxe coming out in January 2022. Her most recent album came out in June 2021 and is called Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land.
She grew up in Pandy, Wales and attended Monmouth School for Girls. At 16, she moved to Greece to live with her father and study. She returned to the UK at 18, where she then worked in a petrol station in Ross-on-Wye for a few months to save up before moving to London. One of the many reasons I like Marina is because she’s so local to me! Every time I visit these places, I can not believe that one of my favourite singers literally grew up near me. This is going to sound so lame, but if I had the chance to ever talk to her one of my questions would be “Which petrol station did you work in?” – just because every time I go to Ross-on-Wye I always pass petrol stations and wonder.
Why Marina Is So Inspiring and Strong:
Marina is such an inspiration for many reasons. The main reason I find Marina inspiring is that she’s so authentic and honest. Her authenticity shines in interviews where she speaks openly about her thoughts and feelings towards certain things. Additionally, the fact that she has sold millions of records all around the world yet doesn’t let the fame get to her head (well from what I’ve seen haha!) is very refreshing.
Throughout her career, Marina’s lyrics have challenged female stereotypes within the media, spoken out about mental health, our purpose on this planet and so much more. It’s one of the many reasons her music speaks to people, as not many others have lyrics similar to hers.
One of my favourite interviews that Marina has done has to be her Channel 4 Interview, called “MARINA on the power of pop, tackling female shame and the politics behind her new album“. This interview alone, shows how intelligent, relatable, driven and kind she is. Over the years, I am thankful for her for giving me a new perspective on life and helping me know that I’m not alone in whatever struggles I am going through.
She has worked very hard to get where she is now, especially coming from no musical background. In her songs and interviews, she has detailed the struggles she faced in the music industry as well as in her own personal life. Nevertheless, she stays loyal and loving to her fan base and is a wonderful person to admire!
My Favourite Lyrics:
“May my body be of service, May my beauty be of use, As a vessel that I live in, Not an object to abuse, Those with bad intentions, thеy can’t get the best of mе, I don’t pay them no attention” – Free Woman
“I know that money ain’t important – and it don’t mean you’re the best, but I earned it all myself and I’m a millionaires” “Whatever you give life, you will get back” – Venus Fly Trap
“Somebody hurt me long ago, And though to heal a heart is slow, It’s just a consequence of pain” – Soft To Be Strong
“All the things that I’ve done and I’ve seen, Still, I don’t know, don’t know what it means” – To Be Human
“Seems like everybody’s having the best time of their lives, But we don’t know what’s going on at any given time” – Life Is Strange
“Don’t wanna talk anymore, I’m obsessed with silence, I go home and I lock my door I can hear the sirens” – Solitare
“Murder lives forever and so does war, It’s survival of the fittest, rich against the poor One man can build a bomb; another, run a race to save somebody’s life and have it blow up in his face – I’m not the only one who finds it hard to understand – I’m not afraid of God, I am afraid of man. “Were we born to abuse, shoot a gun and run or has something deep inside of us come undone?” “It a human trait or is it learned behaviour? Are you killing for yourself or killing for your saviour?”- Savages
“I wanna be immortal, like a god in the sky. I wanna be a silk flower, like I’m never gonna die. I wanna live forever, forever in your heart – and we’ll always be together, from the end to the start.” “When you love somebody, they’ll always leave too soon” “No, I don’t want to be afraid, afraid to die, I just wanna be able to say that I have lived my life, Oh, all these things that humans do, to leave behind a little proof.” – Immortal
“I’m gonna leave the past behind, I’ve had enough, I’m breaking free. No pressing stop, erase, rewind.
That chain of thought that followed me.” “I’ve made mistakes, but I believe that everything was worth the fight ’cause in the end, the road is long but only ’cause it makes you strong. It’s filled with peaks and twists and turns – sometimes you have to learn to forget about it” – Forget
“It felt so sweet, it felt so strong. It made me feel like I belonged – and all the sadness inside me, melted away like I was free.” “Don’t go out much at all, I’ve never been the type to call, I realize to be happy, maybe I need a little company. So now you know, you know it all, that I’ve been desperately alone.” “Never thought that I could be happy.” – Happy
“I wanna stay inside all day, I want the world to go away. I want blood, guts and chocolate cake, I wanna be a real fake.” – Teen Idle
“You played the martyr for so long, that you can’t do anything wrong.” – Hypocrates
“I’ve lived a lot of different lives. Been different people many times. I live my life in bitterness, and fill my heart with emptiness. And now I see, I see it for the first time, there is no crime in being kind. Not everyone is out to screw you over, maybe, they just wanna get to know you.” “Got different people inside my head. I wonder which one that they like best” – Fear and Loathing.
“It almost feels like a joke to play out a part, when you are not the starring role in someone else’s heart. You know I’d rather walk alone than play a supporting role, if I can’t get the starring role.” – Starring Role
“And I’m sad to the core – every day is a chore.” – Primadonna
“Maybe it is all a test ’cause I feel like I’m the worst, so I always act like I’m the best!” “If you are not very careful, your possessions will possess you. TV taught me how to feel, now real life has no appeal.” – Oh No
“I feel numb most of the time, the lower I get the higher I’ll climb and I will wonder why I got dark only to shine.” “I can’t open up and cry ’cause I’ve been silent all my life.” – Numb
“Is there more to lose than gain, if I go on my own again?” “People are connecting, don’t know what to say. I’m good at protecting, what they want to take. Spilt the milk at breakfast, hit me double hard” – The Outsider
“We’ve got obsessions, I wanna erase every nasty thought that bugs me every day of every week.” – Obsessions
“People like to tell you what you’re gonna be, it’s not my problem if you don’t see what I see – and I do not give a damn if you don’t believe.” “Are you satisfied with an average life? Do I need to lie to make my way in life?” – Are You Satisfied?
“I felt you question the way I was brought up as a baby, well you don’t know fuck about my family” – Seventeen
“I don’t even know what I want anymore, I don’t even know what I’ve been working for. I’ve been living life in extremes for too long but I don’t think I’ve got the will to carry on. I feel like a poster of a girl, feel like I’ve been cut off from the world.” “I wish I could just delete everything in my mind. Wish I could be calm and wish I could be kind. If I could flick a switch, make my mind melt away, I would do it baby, I would be okay. Looking at a happy photograph I just want to get that feeling back.” – Holiday
“We could talk for hours, but nothing’s going to change. Guess we’re different people, living life in different lanes.” – Water Under The Bridge
“Followers show your wealth, a better version of yourself. Photograph on a screen, but they don’t see behind the scenes. Tears run down your face, but you pretend to be okay. You just scroll the pain away.” – There’s Nothing Wrong With You.
“Of this pain I will not speak, of the violent memories on the silent movie screen.” – Silver Walls
“You hold me down and you hold me up. You can’t communicate. You brought me up just to bring me down. I’ve nothing left to say.” “You tell me what to say and wear, you say that it’s because you care. But I prefer to be alone, than live a life that’s not my own.” – Scab & Plaster
“’cause I’ve grown up a solitary soul, sometimes I think it’s better on my own. I need time just to roam, find one place I can call home.” – Starlight
“Been feeling like myself more than ever before, and now I don’t even know what I need you for. Been feeling like myself more than ever before, and now I’m not hungry. I’m not hungry for love, your love anymore.” “Maybe there’s another road for me, or maybe I was wrong all along. Maybe I’m not who I was trying to be, now that all my dreams are dead and gone. There’s no rush anymore. Time’s on my side. All my worries are gone, I’m enjoying the ride.” – I’m Not Hungry Anymore.
“We don’t own our heavens now, we only own our hell. And if you don’t know that by now, then you don’t know me that well.” – Buy The Stars
“Healthy insides, mastermind. Perfect body, you gotta leave it behind.” – Lonely Bones
“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels. There are so many reasons why life is painful, but I believe that what I feel can set me free.” – Demons & Angels