Internationally acclaimed pop/ contemporary jazz singer-songwriter Jennifer Saran has released a bracing election year one-two punch to Donald Trump with her latest single and video, “Get Over Yourself.”
“The phrase ‘get over yourself’ is something we probably say to ourselves each day. I know I do,” says Saran. “But in the case of Donald Trump, it takes on a whole new meaning. When I watch him lie all the time, all I can think is, ‘Get over yourself!’ Aren’t a lot of us thinking it?”
This isn’t Saran’s first political song rodeo: In 2018, she released the hauntingly dramatic “Let the Waves Wash Over Me (Song for Christine),” written in response to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony at the Senate confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh. As a North American living in Hong Kong, Saran devours news from her homeland, and she makes the following observation, “We tend to see things more starkly in Hong Kong. Even when we witness other leaders who lie to their people, it’s not always attended by the circus and buffoonery. That’s what Trump specializes in. It’s his whole act.”
Once again, Saran felt compelled to act the best way she could: she wrote. Musically, “Get Over Yourself” is a saucy and swinging jazz track, very much in the vein of her recent EP, Smoky Nights. Over ultra-vibey, minimalist instrumentation, she delivers a devilishly sly performance. Her voice is playful, sultry, and seductive, but her message is loud and clear: “I hear what you say, seems that you may/ think that you’re cool, think me a fool/ whenever we play, try as you may/ all I can hear, is your fear/ uh-huh… get over yourself.”
“I intentionally wanted the song to be fun,” Saran says. “There’s times for loud anger, but sometimes you can be more effective in getting your point across with a smile and a wink. It can actually be more cutting than if you were shouting.”
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