Vol. 17 No.6 Vol.17 No.6

Hayley Williams

Survivor

Prepare

Have the class read Hayley Williams: Survivor (page 24 of the student edition). 

Key points in the article:

  • Hayley Williams has been the lead singer for rock band Paramore for 17 years
  • The band was nominated for a GRAMMY Award in 2008, and won in 2015 for their song “Ain’t It Fun.” And yet, Williams cites 2015 as “the worst year” because of her personal struggles.
  • She wrote music as part of her therapy through her divorce
  • The group will release a new album in May, Petals For Armor. 

Review vocabulary words from the article below:

INTENSIVE — concentrated on a single area or subject or into a short time

TRIBULATIONS — a cause of great trouble or suffering

NOTION — a conception of or belief about something

ECLECTIC — deriving ideas, style or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources

Discuss:

  • Do you think it would be easier to write a song about happy, simple things or challenging, complicated things?
  • Which aspects of being famous and successful might be difficult to deal with?
  • How might writing music help to ease stress, depression or anxiety?

Hear Paramore’s music in the videos below: