Song of the Day 10/10

Posted: October 10, 2011 in J.C. Personal
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While scanning the radio this morning, I came across a cover of this particular song. Originally released in the summer of 1984, Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year, the following year. Lauper won Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Album Package (a category I don’t completely understand).

Lauper’s debut album She’s So Unusual, was released in 1983. She became the first female artist to have four top-five singles from one album. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, “All Through the Night”, “Time After Time” and “She Bop” a song which was quite controversial and made the Parents Music Recourse Center’s “Filthy Fifteen”.

Lauper’s pseudo punk image was a popular mainstay on MTV in the 80s (you remember, they played videos then). The music video showed someone running away and leaving her lover behind. Lou Albano, who was seen in the “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” video makes an appearance as a cook.

“Time After Time was written by Lauper along with Rob Hyman when it was decided that She’s So Unusual needed another track. The record company didn’t have faith in Lauper, but she knew she could write songs and the company gave her a chance to prove it. The title comes from the 1979 science fiction film starring Malcolm McDowell.

The song has been covered by more than 120 artists. Notable covers include Tracy Chapman, Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies, Eddie Money and Juice Newton, Miles Davis, Everything but the Girl (that is the cover I heard this morning), Joey McIntyre, Willie Nelson, Sugar Ray, Spoken (an alternative post-hardcore band from my hometown) and Boyz II Men.

This is another song with many interpretations. Some have said that the song meaning is shown in the video with one person leaving their past behind. I’ve heard it said that this song resonates with people who have lost a loved one that they feel is still watching out for them. One of the most common interpretations is one of a couple that is committed to each other and no matter what happens; they will be there for the other person. I think there is an element of loss to the song; it definitely speaks to some sort of separation.

No matter which way you interpret the song; the lyrics and melody are beautiful statement about some sort of connection. I hope I have connections like that when I need them.

See ya on the “b” side.

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