The Day The Music Died

According to the lyrics of the Don McLean pop classic “American Pie,” February 3 is “the day the music died.”

I’m not that fatalistic, but it’s sure a good reason to revisit the piece.

“The day the music died” refers – of course – to Buddy Holly’s untimely death along with Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson on 3 February 1959, which McLean mourns as the end of the entire 50s era.

Folks have sought to find hidden meaning in the 8+ minute song since the day it was released. Check out this article which ponders exactly what McLean was getting to.

Take a listen to Don McLean’s performing the song live for the BBC back in 1972, as well as Madonna’s take on the piece recorded in 2000.

Madge’s version conjures images that sure seem downright prescient today.

(h/t The OUTFront)

Music: Lady Gaga Covers Chic Classic “I Want Your Love” For Tom Ford Fashion Line

Ok, I really like this. Who doesn’t love the original version of “I Want Your Love” by Chic?

But Lady Gaga and Nile Rodgers collaborated on this updated take on the 1978 hit for Tom Ford’s new Spring/Summer 2016 collection with a video directed by Nick Knight. And I think the whole thing shows high style with great music production.

From Rolling Stone:

“Instead of having a traditional show this season, I wanted to think about how to present a collection in a cinematic way that was designed from its inception to be presented online,” Ford said in a statement.

“I have always loved Soul Train which used to be on TV in the Seventies; as it was as much about the clothes as the music, I asked Nile Rodgers to collaborate on a new version of one of his great hits from that time, ‘I Want Your Love,’ and worked with Gaga to record the vocals.

“I then staged a full show in Los Angeles and filmed it with Gaga on the runway.”

Remix Mondays: If You Could Read My Mind (Hex Hector Remix)

“If You Could Read My Mind,” the Gordon Lightfoot hit from 1970, was his first big release in the U.S. hitting #5 of the Billboard Charts.

The song was covered by Barbra Streisand on her 1971 album, Stoney End, over which I developed a huge repeat cycle with for several weeks back in 2005.

In 1980, Viola Wills peaked at number two for five weeks on the dance/disco charts with a dance version of the song.

This version comes from the house music collective Stars on 54, which recorded the track for the 1998 film, 54, reaching number three on the dance charts.

(h/t Wicked Gay Blog)