Hi! My name’s Christina Li, and I’m an 18-year-old songwriter from Hong Kong. I use she/her pronouns, and I identify as a lesbian, Chinese-American woman. I attended a boarding school in Western Massachusetts and will be starting college in New York City this fall. As a musician, my goal is to tell stories that touch and inspire others the way music does for me.
This piece you’re about to hear is titled “If You Care”, and is an acoustic, stripped-down rendition of the same track on my upcoming debut EP. To put it simply, this song is about coming out to my parents, with lyrics that tell of a one-sided conversation, as I grappled, in its writing, with years’ worth of fear, frustration, and dread: emotions I had always swept aside for ‘later’ since age 11. “If You Care” was the sudden awareness that ‘later’ had become ‘now’, when I realized that at 18, my parents, two people I considered closest to me, still didn’t know who I was. The lyrics are vague but raw, describing that very moment sitting across from my parents, speaking aloud the simple words that would change everything in an instant, and asking for them to stay by my side. Looking back, this song is one closest to my heart, because it was the first step toward having the most difficult conversation in my life thus far, and eventually led me to a newfound place of self-acceptance and gratitude. Coming out is never easy, and it’s a privilege to be able to choose when you do. I hope that this story resonates with some of you, and perhaps that you may find the courage within yourself to take that next step, whatever it may be.
I hope you enjoy this song, and if you’d like to hear more, please look out for the upcoming release of my debut EP this summer, which features six other songs as well. As for all you beautiful artists: keep telling stories- you never know who might need to hear them!