The Farr Side: ‘The Climb’ is a new peak for Miley Cyrus
What could Miley Cyrus possibly know about “the climb”? She’s only 16 and hasn’t lived long enough to move any mountains, nor even had to. I say that with a grain of salt, because probably every 12-year-old girl in the country is going to hate me for talking smack about Hannah Montana.
In all honesty, I give her major props for her achievements at such a young age. That doesn’t mean I have to like her. Still, with songs like her latest hit, “The Climb,” I can’t help but give her a second listen.
“The Climb” is a great song. The first time I heard it on the radio I had to wait for the DJ to say whose song it was I just heard playing. Usually, I know that kind of thing right away, but this was different.
The lyrics struck me because most everyone faces mountains at one time or another, present company included. I just didn’t expect Hannah Montana to tell me so.
These so-called mountains can be anything from simple goals or hardships to some of life’s most difficult trials and tribulations.
There is so much to be said about the song’s chorus.
“There’s always going to be another mountain/I’m always going to want to make it move/Always going to be an uphill battle, Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose, Ain’t about how fast I get there, Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side/It’s The Climb.”
No truer words have been said. There’s something about the process of overcoming such mountains that makes getting to the other side so rewarding.
“The Climb” is the first single from Cyrus’ “Hannah Montana: The Movie” soundtrack, which features new Cyrus cuts and songs from bewigged alter ego, Hannah Montana.
The 18-song soundtrack CD also features contributions from Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts. Can we say "smart move"? What a way to pull in young Disney fans toward the country demographics.
Now I understand the Cyrus/Swift duet of Swift’s “Fifteen” at the Grammys, although Swift should have had the spotlight herself.
Swift offers up the subtle ballad, “Crazier,” while Rascal Flatts kicks up some dust acoustic style with “Backwards” only to let it settle with “Bless The Broken Road.”
For Cyrus, the soundtrack cleverly blends the best of both worlds, so to speak. She takes a little of what made Hannah Montana famous and combines it with what “Breakout,” her first non-Hannah Montana effort, did last summer. In other words, she’s just being Miley.
Some of the manufactured, sugary gems on “HMTM” include “Let’s Get Crazy,” “The Good Life,” and “Spotlight,” but aside from “The Climb,” the best track is the delicate duet, “Butterfly Fly Away,” between Miley and her onscreen/offscreen dad, Billy Ray Cyrus.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.