I will survive is a top song for heartbreak. At least for those who like listening to songs in English.
Gaynor was only 29 when she sang it, still toiling in obscurity. And the song writer had penned it to voice his angst at losing work.
“It has since taken on other meanings for people who have overcome any difficult situation, but Dino Fekaris revealed it was about getting fired by Motown Records, where he was a staff writer.”
The song about moving on after a bad relationship became a hit, however:
“How Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” Went From Being Hidden On Her Record’s B Side To Becoming An Anthem For Empowerment”
And it has survived to our days, repurposing itself to suit diverse needs. In fact, the pandemic has pushed its popularity up as we all want to survive.
I will survive: Music has always been key in fight against pestilence
Gloria herself has reworked it for present needs:
Gloria Gaynor Repurposes ‘I Will Survive’ To Help Ward Off Coronavirus
The pandemic has not only made us worry for our lives. It’s also brought challenges to livelihoods. Here’s how teachers are using the song:
But it’s not all heartbreak and pestilence! The crowning glory of the human spirit is humour:
All those considerations apart, songs that charm us across time birth many interpretations. I’ve been enchanted by a group of musicians who have a unique approach – music without the glitter of the stage, the limelight and stardom. This new direction is more horizontal and brings a deeper engagement with music.
Jose is an extremely gifted singer who studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was part of an award-winning acapella group called Pitch Slapped.
While I love the song in all the many ways people have sung it, Jose’s take is my favourite. And yours?