“We all know that self-esteem comes from what you think of you, not what other people think of you.”
(Sappiamo bene che l’autostima deriva da ciò che tu pensi di te stesso e non da ciò che pensano gli altri.)
Gloria Gaynor was born on 7 September 1943 in Newark, New Jersey. Her real name is Gloria Fowles but as a singer she took the stage name Gloria Gaynor.
She achieved success in 1974 with the cover of “Never Can Say Goodbye” (originally recorded by The Jackson 5), one of the defining recordings of the dance/disco era.
A few years later she climbed the pop charts again with her single “I Will Survive”
In 2013, she released a gospel album entitled “We Will Survive”: it included a new, updated remix of the original song, which had become her signature song, and she had also named her autobiography after it.
That song is about survival, regardless of what one has to overcome. Gaynor herself had a reason to sing it in 1978 as she had just suffered a back injury and spent six months in hospital. She said “I Will Survive” changed her perspective and gave her a new reason to consider it as an anthem:
“I began to have a spiritual awakening and decided that I wanted to have more purpose to my singing than people just having a good time… That’s why I chose ‘I Will Survive’ and I wanted to continue as often as possible to give them songs that would have positive impact on their lives.”
Since its release Gaynor has become a devout Christian.
Today is her seventy-seventh birthday. In a recent interview she said:
“As I’ve got older, I’ve acquired wisdom, although I don’t like the aches and pains. I find that I’m increasingly forgetful, and easily distracted. I start ten things and end up finishing nothing.”
(Invecchiando ho acquisito saggezza, anche se non mi piacciono i dolori e i malanni. Scopro di essere sempre più smemorata e facilmente distratta. Inizio dieci cose e finisco per non concludere nulla.)
… to be continued…