Love Song

Ah, the start of her sophomore effort. Love Song. Much has been documented about this song, and for good reason. It’s an upbeat tune that debuted as an iTunes free download in 2008 (which I did download… thank you very much) about the relationship between an artist and the artist’s main squeeze. All artists can relate to this simple premise:

I’m not gonna write you a love song
‘Cause you asked for it
‘Cause you need one, you see

I’m not gonna write you a love song
‘Cause you tell me it’s
Make or breaking this
If you’re on your way

All artists, Singer/Songwriters, Musicians, Photographers, Painters, Illustrators, Poets, Would Be Poets, and Hopeless Romantics have been there. Confronted by others with this passive aggressive comment… “How come you don’t (fill in the artist muse here) about me? Don’t I inspire you? Don’t you love me? You need to (fill in the artist muse here) about me!”

This is Sara’s You’re So Vain. But in the Carly Simon’s version she was most likely talking about Mick Jagger, and most people thought it, leaving the inside joke, well, not so inside. Sara’s Love Song is a bit more discrete. Her song, while masked as a love song to a boy, is really a job of defiance against her label, Epic Records. They didn’t like the direction her album was taking and they wanted her to write a pop love song for the album. They also tried to mould her appearance, and ultimately her career into something that Sara was uncomfortable with. Sara stayed true to herself and her reward was her first Grammy nominations for Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Her first #1 hit on the Billboard Top 100. Her first #1 on iTunes, and the single is currently triple platinum.

Triple platinum.

Well played Sara. Well played.

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