Various Artists – Universal Love [EP], Mr. Kaplan started out his search for artists with Ben Gibbard, the frontman for Death Cab for Cutie, an alternative rock band through Washington State. Mr. Gibbard had expressed his support of marriage equality in a 2012 essay for The Daily Beast, inspired by his sister, a lesbian. “This kind of was a cause at our family dinner table,” Mr. Gibbard said.
For the project, Mr. Gibbard elected to recast the Beatles classic “as well as I Love Her” to “as well as I Love Him.” “the idea’s a song my dad often played to my mom after dinner,” he said. “Also, the idea’s a song everyone knows.”
Kesha chose Janis Joplin’s “I Need a Man to Love” (“such a gritty, soulful song,” Kesha said), as well as changed the idea to “I Need a Woman to Love.” “For years I said that will I’m not getting married until any two people can legally marry in This kind of country,” Kesha said. She has since become ordained as well as has performed weddings For just two gay couples.
Valerie June, a country as well as blues singer who attended her first gay marriage last year for her cousin, recorded a big-band type of “Mad About the Boy,” changing “boy” to “girl.” Ms. June believes the idea adds an extra layer of meaning that will the song’s writer, Noël Coward, was gay as well as that will the type he recorded in 1932 wasn’t released in its day because of prevailing homophobia.
“the idea brings the song full circle to know that will the idea was written by a gay man who meant every single word of ‘Mad About the Boy,’” she said.
Mr. Dylan, who does not appear to have spoken out in favor of gay rights inside past, declined to be interviewed. yet his choice of song, “She’s Funny that will Way,” which has been recorded by Frank Sinatra as well as Nat King Cole, gains a wink in its current guise; “He’s Funny that will Way” can also be read as an antiquated code for a gay person.
Mr. Dylan’s warm as well as wry performance captures the mix of wit as well as sincerity favored by songs through the American standards era.
Mr. Kaplan said that will when he contacted Mr. Dylan, he got a very quick yes. “as well as the idea wasn’t just ‘yes, I’ll do This kind of,’” he said. “the idea was ‘hey, I have an idea for a song.’”
“Universal Love” arrives at an evolving time for same-sex pronouns in pop. Though major music stars started out to come out in significant numbers inside 1990s, with artists including K. D. Lang, Melissa Etheridge as well as Elton John, rarely, if ever, did they use same-sex pronouns in their recordings.
Only inside last six years have younger stars slowly begun to do so, including Frank Ocean, Olly Alexander as well as Mary Lambert, who crooned the chorus of Macklemore as well as Ryan Lewis’s Grammy-nominated “Same Love” in 2012.
“For a long time, queer people had to use the awkward ‘you’ in their songs to avoid outing themselves,” said Stephan Pennington, a professor of music at Tufts University who teaches a course in “queer pop.”
“There has also always been pressure through the record companies to not be exclusionary by using a same-sex pronoun,” Mr. Pennington said. “yet heterosexual expressions are never thought of as exclusionary.”
Indeed, Sam Smith, arguably the most prominent gay pop star today, refrains through using same-sex pronouns.
Allison Zatarain, a producer of a brand new album titled “Instant Love,” which mirrors the mission of “Universal Love” by featuring female artists singing love songs to various other women, believes the use of same-sex pronouns in pop songs “fills a massive hole inside earth’s musical library.”
“To hear a woman sing to another woman, or a man to a man, lends the song a specificity that will can be so much more impactful than addressing ‘you,’” she said.
Various Artists – Universal Love [EP] Tracklist:
1 He’s Funny That Way – Bob Dylan
2 And Then She Kissed Me – St. Vincent
3 My Guy – Kele Okereke
4 Mad About the Girl – Valerie June
5 And I Love Him – Benjamin Gibbard
6 I Need a Woman to Love – Kesha
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