Mother’s Day honors the millions of moms that routinely sacrifice everything to make their children’s world a better place. Breakfast in bed, cleaning the house, going out to dinner — all traditional ways kids shower their moms with love. But this past Mother’s Day, one mom celebrated her baby girl because she couldn’t be there. Tina Grimmie honored her daughter’s heart, spirit, musical devotion, and unbelievably beautiful voice.
Last Sunday, Christina Grimmie’s family remembered her legacy by releasing the single, “Little Girl”. Years ago Grimmie wrote this for her mom, who was recovering from breast cancer treatment. Now, the song serves as a tribute to the late artist who loved her mother so much.
Full of encouragement and love Grimmie’s voice gives listeners goosebumps all throughout the song. Similar to her 2013 release of “With Love”, the tenderness of the piano and her effortless falsetto flips create a soothing beginning of warmth and confidence. Her chorus carries a compassionate energy that constantly reminds her mom to have faith and remain strong. Gentle background recordings of her voice also echo that love as she sings “wipe your tears” and “clear your mind.”
While the soulful lyrics bear a powerful message, the latter half of the song is what really chokes up listeners. Grimmie never gave up on her mom, and the enchanting note she belts in the final minutes reflects exactly that. This note is chill-inducing, with every fiber of your being absorbing the outpouring of her hopefulness and optimism. Starting from her head voice and exploding with one of the greatest notes she ever hit, Grimmie ensures her mom that she’s “in her arms to stay.”
It’s heartbreaking to remember that can no longer be a reality. Still, the faith and unparalleled confidence Grimmie had in her mom’s recovery is an uplifting reminder of the warmhearted, young woman who was talented beyond belief.
I fondly remember how big her smile was while she performed on “The Voice” and on stage for her concerts. That same smile is exactly what I envisioned when she cascaded down from that powerful note with the violin and piano behind her. From there, the violins overtake the piano and provide a harmonious section for her energizing, final chorus. As the violins fade, the piano trickles on as Grimmie closes with an unchangeable deliverance of love for her mom.
This posthumous release has some partially iffy audio moments, but it’s nothing that distracts from its excellence. People like myself are grateful just to hear more music from an artist that was once destined for greatness.
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