Though she’s a bit out of my age bracket, I like the idea of a 15-year-old not caving into the pressures of a recording industry (and society) quick to sexualize a person at the earliest signs of puberty. It’s refreshing to see a young woman not allowed to vote not pushing the envelope with a Lolita image (for now anyway). So while I’ve never actually heard anyone actually talk about a promise ring outside of maybe dialogue from an episode of Saved By The Bell, I’m relieved that a young Tiffany Evans isn’t saying, “Yes I’ll lick you with my tongue ring” or “The baby is yours” or remind me of any of those young fools bragging about giving it up for a double cheeseburger off the McDonald’s dollar menu on Maury Povich.
And after watching a live performance of “Promise Ring” via Youtube I was happy to see that she could sing and dance at the same time – something I haven’t seen from an artist her age (and in a lot of cases, a lot older) since the 90s. Alas, there’s hope for her generation and hope for me that I won’t become the old man who constantly yells musings about the “good ole days” of music to poor random souls in my 20s.