Wednesday, May 8, 2013
"We Are Where We Are" track-by-track guide-- 2. Romance
I'm a huge fan of Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Jean Wells, and other great, soulful women singers of the 1960s; my daughter's first favorite song was “Ain't No Way.” However, I worry sometimes about her listening too closely to the lyrics of some of their songs, which often give a certain impression of women being helpless without their men and lacking in self-respect and assertiveness in their relationships. (And yes, I know love songs aren't meant to be the singer's definitive treatise on human interaction. But still. ) This song is meant as a tribute but also a gentle riposte. Musically, this was a lot of fun to do because it's a bit glossier, more sugary and FM-radio-rockish than my usual fare, certainly on the chorus. Nashville-tuned guitars help add some shimmer.