Pop music revolves around heartbreak, love, drama –basically anything that involves feelings. In fact, pop music is probably a big reason why correct pronouns are a big deal in general since you’re always singing about someone. When artists perform a cover of another artist’s song, they often change the original pronouns to suit their sexual preferences. And, if they don’t change the pronouns, the “coming out” headlines are at the forefront because, well, it’s 2018 and this is still a hot topic.
The LGBTQ+ community are prominent fighters for equality in the 21st century, and their demands have been heard when it comes to being represented within the music industry. Popular singers like Kesha, Bob Dylan, St. Vincent, Kele Okereke, Valerie June and Ben Gibbard are changing the pronouns of popular love songs to honor the fight of the LGBTQ+ community.
Although this seems like a small gesture, it’s a ripple effect that, I think, will resonate with pop culture.
“Universal Love” has been digitally released today and includes six songs reworked in honor of the LGBTQ+ community. Bob Dylan opens the album with “She’s Funny That Way,” now, “He’s Funny That Way.” Hearing Dylan sing “I got a man crazy for me, he’s funny that way,” is quite refreshing, as heterosexual relationships have been the forefront of music for what seemed like…forever.
Second comes St. Vincent changing, “And Then He Kissed Me” to, “And Then He Kissed Me.”
Then, in order:
“My Girl,” changed to, “My Guy” sang by Kele Okereke
“Mad About the Boy,” changed to, “Mad About the Girl” sang by Valerie June
Beatles classic, “And I Love Her” to, ”And I Love Him” sang by Benjamin Gibbard
And Kesha wraps it up with “I Need a Man to Love,” now, “I Need a Woman to Love”
The album is filled with beautiful renditions, and it’s so refreshing to see more representation of the LGTBQ+ community in pop culture. Everyone go listen now! On Spotify, of course.
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