"Cannonball" (CD Single)

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Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Glee star releases uplifting, clean pop track.

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Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

The song is about overcoming hardship and choosing to embrace life: "And now I will start living today / Today, today I close the door / I got this new beginning and I will fly."

Positive Role Models & Representations

In her personal life and in her role on Glee, Lea Michele has proven to be a role model for young girls. She advocates working hard and models the idea that you can be successful even if you don't fit Hollywood's narrow ideal of beauty.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Cannonball" is Glee star Lea Michele's first solo single. The squeaky-clean track about overcoming hardship has no iffy content, making it OK for young kids and up.

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What's the story?

Lea Michele, best known for her role of Rachel Berry on Glee and her Broadway performances, has released her first solo single, CANNONBALL, from her first album Louder. The uplifting single is about choosing to live fully instead of succumbing to hardship.

Is it any good?

There's no arguing that Lea Michele has a strong, beautiful voice and that she's very talented. Unfortunately, what sounds right on stage doesn't always translate to a pop hit. There's something too perfect and too studied about the vocals on "Cannonball." The lyrics are also extremely cliché and kind of cheesy, with lines such as, "I chose suffering and pain in the falling rain." It's not a terrible song, but it's definitely not a breakout hit.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the song's theme. Do you think it's about Lea Michele choosing to move forward after her boyfriend and costar Cory Monteith's death?

  • Do you think Lea Michele is a good pop singer? Or do you prefer her performances on Glee and on stage?

Music details

  • Artist: Lea Michele
  • Release date: December 10, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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