Natasha Bedingfield tells the real rainy story behind that iconic 'Unwritten' line
If the Richter scale measures the energy released by an earthquake, Natasha Bedingfield must have a similar sense for pop songs.
"It is exciting when you write a hit, when you just go, 'Whoa, I couldn't add anything or take anything away from that,'" she told Insider. "It's that moment when you lose yourself in it. I think somebody who's skateboarding and does a flip would feel the same way when they land it."
Though Bedingfield attempted to paint her ability in democratic terms, from the outside it seems clearly inborn, not learned.
The 39-year-old Sussex native described her upbringing as "alternative Christianity," and said she wasn't even allowed to listen to the radio. And yet, she had a knack for songwriting from an early age.
"At age 18 or something, I started to have this inner confidence kick in. This feeling of, 'This stuff is good. I just know it's good,'" she said.
"Pop just means 'popular.' It's anthemic," she explained. "So I just think, 'Can people sing this?'"
The short answer: Yes.
Anyone who's heard a Bedingfield classic at a club or karaoke party can corroborate. And as Emma Stone demonstrated in that iconic "Easy A" scene, even if you think you're immune at first, you're wrong.
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Since her debut single was released in 2004, Bedingfield has been calling to revelers with chants of raindrops, better days, and "I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you." Her optimism remains mesmeric, timeless - such that, 17 years later, TikTok has embraced a remix of "Unwritten" for its most joyful dance challenge yet.
In fact, when Bedingfield met the original choreographers shortly before our phone call, they told her they'd been receiving messages about how the song has touched and changed lives.
"We need connection as humans. That's what entertainment is all about," she said. "You can feel it in your body. You get goosebumps. You want to move. You can't help but move."
"One of the great things about technology is that it's making people cross genres more," she continued. "While the world is so divided, maybe there's a space where we're actually becoming more connected through music."