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HEAR WHAT’S NEW: Nicole Atkins – Listen Up

HEAR WHAT’S NEW: Nicole Atkins – Listen Up

Maybe you know the feeling: You screw up somehow — get embarrassingly tongue-tied in a meeting, trip over your feet in front of someone important, send the wrong text at the wrong time — and your brain won’t stop replaying the memory. Instead of laughing it off and learning a lesson, you get stuck reliving the painful moments, to the point where berating yourself for the past prevents you from living in the present. (Or so I hear.)

Nicole Atkins‘ “Listen Up,” the first song she wrote for her upcoming album Goodnight Rhonda Lee (out July 21), is meant as a palliative to this sort of self-paralysis. “I wrote ‘Listen Up’ as a note to self — to stop beating myself up over bad self-talk and fear and listen to the good advice of others,” Atkins tells NPR via email. “It’s basically, ‘Don’t be your own worst enemy. Surround yourself with good people and let them help you.’ ”