03 Feb Miley Cyrus’ ‘Flowers’ is the Empowering Song I Need Right Now
by Marisa Torrieri Bloom
Two days ago, my friend Steph sent me flowers — though not the kind that one might expect. It was a Tidal text link to Miley Cyrus’ new song, “Flowers,” along with a short note, urging me to stream it.
“Have you heard the new Miley song?” she asked, knowing full well my near-obsession with Miley Cyrus, post Hannah Montana (and especially after her last album, 2020’s Plastic Hearts, which features my favorite song of that year, “Prisoner” (with Dua Lipa).
So, of course, I clicked — and I’m so glad I did!
From the first seconds of the song, with its cool, reverb echo effects and a chord progression that reminds me of “Love You Like a Love Song” (Selena Gomez) and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” I was hooked.
And then, we’re at the chorus, “I can buy myself flowers,” she sings, her voice both confidently clear and whispery, as she rattles off all the awesome things she can do as an independent woman. When she finally sings, “I can love me better than you can,” I’m like, YES GIRL YES!
This is really the Valentine’s Day song so many of us needed. Love is hard, and summoning the strength to move forward after a bad breakup is harder. I’m so glad Miley is channeling her heartbreak and putting her strength into new music like “Flowers,” as well as a new record out March 10th (my birthday!). Because self-love is everything, whether you’re single or attached.
Marisa Torrieri Bloom is the editor and founder of Rockmommy.