Behind the Scenes of Some of Your Favorite Songs That May Change How You Listen to Them
Many of us believe that writing songs is simple. After all, we just throw some words together, tweak them to make them sound reasonable, and call it a day. Of course, it is not as simple as that. After all, songs are effectively expressions of the people who write and sing them. With that in mind, most artists put in the time and effort to ensure that the songs they write and sing are genuine reflections of their feelings, in addition to earning a lot of investment from sales and downloads when they are released.
While such dedication is quite common, there are some artists who compose their songs in unusual or unique circumstances. Many of their songs, while generally excellent, have a unique backstory that can influence how we listen to them. Some were written on the spur of the moment, while others were written with some unusual quirks. Here are some songs with behind-the-scenes content that may influence how we listen to them.
Priority Change for Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road
Lil Nas X’s debut single Old Town Road, released in 2019, took the world by storm. In addition to being well-received and commercially successful, it became a trailblazer for being the song that popularized the country rap genre.
Even with the song’s success, the way it was written is impressive. It was written while Lil Nas X was still pursuing a degree in college. He was supposed to retake a math class at the time, but instead changed priorities and wrote the well-known song for his Twitter followers, which were quite large at the time.
Dolly Parton Wearing Acrylic Nails for 9 to 5
Dolly Parton is regarded as a living legend in the world of country music. She has been a successful entrepreneur in addition to her juggernaut status in the country genre, with investments in amusement parks, restaurants, and music production. Her most famous songs, such as Jolene, I Will Always Love You, and 9 to 5, are well-known to people all over the world.
9 to 5 has a particularly interesting backstory. Parton wore acrylic nails while writing the song, which made it sound like someone typing on a typewriter. While it may appear to be an annoyance in any other context, the song’s theme made it quite appropriate to be included in the recording.
This is America Is Up For Anybody’s Interpretation
Donald Glover has demonstrated a wide range of abilities over the years. Many people find him endearing because of his various acting credits, particularly Community. With his song This Is America, he gained popularity as Childish Gambino.
When it was released, it quickly became a sensation, with many people attempting to interpret the song’s lyrics and the various set pieces seen throughout the music video to varying degrees. With this in mind, Glover has refused to define his song and has instead allowed the people to decide on it, owing to the fact that he dedicated the song to the people.
Hey Jude, Don’t Be Afraid
Hey Jude, one of the Beatles’ most iconic songs, has been sung by millions of people all over the world. Its highly adaptable lyrics can be credited with making it quite easy to sing for those who do not know the song by heart. Despite its upbeat tone and positive vibe, it was written with a different backstory in mind.
The Jude in the song’s title refers to John Lennon’s son, Julian, as most people already know. Paul McCartney wrote the song after Lennon had recently divorced his wife, Cynthia Powell, for Yoko Ono. McCartney wrote the song to console Julian during those difficult times.
Queen B Ad-Libbing Her Way Into Partition
Beyoncé is without a doubt the modern-day diva. Over the years, her songs and highly expressive dance moves on stage have won her millions of fans. Given that, you’d think she always does a good job of preparing for many of her songs and performances. This, however, was not the case with her 2013 single Partition.
Partition, according to her documentary Self-Titled, was not written before Beyoncé began recording. In fact, there was not a single word written. When she started listening to the song’s beat, she just improvised her way through it. At the end of the day, she had created a fantastic song that really pushed some boundaries at the time.