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This is like my favorite time to be a Cher fan. There’s another new Cher song out! She “performed” a song called “Walls” solo last weekend at the One Young World Festival in Bogota. Here’s an audio clip.

It’s very "Sirens" sounding. Allegedly a single will go on sale to benefit Cher's animal welfare foundation, Free to Wild. Keep a look out for the official recording to purchase. Cher is putting her vocals behind some really great projects this year: Syrian refuges, character-building children’s shows, animal welfare. Hopefully we can all contribute to these causes officially.

This is Cher’s fourth new song this year. Three of the new songs were released as a surprise without PR fanfare and none have been officially released as singles. According to reports, “Walls is expected to be released in the near future with proceeds from sales to be donated to Free The Wild, Cher’s foundation which was created to protect wild animals in captivity.”

Cher was recently trying to free the elephant Kavaan.

According to Newnownext, "It’s always a cause for celebration when Cher releases new music. But when it’s a soulful ballad that subtly knocks President Trump, it’s doubly amazing. The Dark Lady premiered “Walls” over the weekend at the One Young World Festival in Bogota. While it’s ostensibly about emotional barriers, it’s also a dig at Trump’s favorite pet project—a wall along the U.S./Mexican border.”

It’s actually primarily about animals in cages. But I really do love the fact that the song can be read on three layers. They lyrics are vague enough to be read as tearing down Trump’s Mexico wall, tearing down political, emotional or interpersonal barriers, and about cages keeping in wild animals.

In college I made a mix tape of animal welfare songs. And yes, "Bless the Beasts and the Children" was in the mix, completely un-ironically. However," Tame Yourself" by Raw Youth has always been my favorite animal welfare song. Although I see now that the finger crossing in the video is a little over the top. The song was recorded to benefit PETA and was released as a compilation with other animal welfare songs.

Cher’s song is not maudlin or accusatory. And it does seem elastically vague enough to be readable with multiple interpretations. We don’t know who wrote it yet but it could be another Diane Warren song. The vague language kind of reminds me of her style.

Which reminds me that Paloma Faith, who has a new album coming out soon and a new single posted on YouTube, now has a Diane Warren connection.

LovecanhurtSo Paloma is an artist that I love so much I’ve accidentally purchased one of her albums twice. And I did this recently. After buying her third album twice, I became enraptured with the video and the song "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" and for about a week I listened to it nonstop before I realized it was written by none other than Diane Warren. I love this song. And I know I’ve been pretty vocal about my feelings about Ms. Warren. Like most people, I’m too opinionated about music. And way less opinionated in poetry where I'll return to writers I don’t like to see if I might become more open to them.

Most Cher fans love her Diane Warren songs. My friends, all 80s kids, love her songs, too. I’m pretty much a minority of one in my distaste for them. In fact, my friends and Cher-fan friends might say I have a bonafide prejudice. And in this world of over-opinionization, opinions have become pretty meaningless. I’ll argue strenuously any day of the week that music preferences are completely subjective any way you look at it.

But it’s my blog so I can complain if I want to. However, I’m now faced with the issue of there being Diane Warren songs I like.

To recap what I haven’t liked: 1) simplistic melodies (Cher’s “Turn Back Time” being particularly grating), 2) easy rhymes and platitudes (Cher’s “Love and Understanding” maybe the worst offender), 3) ubiquitously found on everybody’s albums, including now the incomparable Paloma Faith!, 4) if you write a song about smiles, it has to live up to the smile of the person singing it. (The whole sub-genre of smiling songs we can leave to another day.)

HosAnd this reminds me that John Waite has also released a new album with a good version of Donovan's “Catch the Wind” which Cher covered too in 1966. Which yet again reminds me of that day in 1989 when the first Bad English album and Cher’s Heart of Stone were released on the same day.

And in full disclosure, of all the many, many Diane Warren hits I have liked the following: "Unbreak My Heart," "If You Asked Me To" (Patti LaBelle’s version), and as a preteen I really did love the build-up and synthesizers in Laura Branigan’s "Solitaire." Oh, and Michael Bolton’s "Time, Love and Tenderness" was one of the few cassette singles I ever bought  because it felt like an updated, edgier version of the Barry Manilow’s cheer-up song "I Made it Through the Rain."

But I can live happily never having heard these songs again: "Because You Loved Me," "Look Away," "Blame it on the Rain," "Don’t Turn Around," "Rhythm of the Night," "Don’t Want to Miss a Thing" (ugh, really hate that one), "I Get Weak," "How Can We Be Lovers," "Just Like Jesse James," and Heart’s "Who Will You Run To."

I can’t argue with the powerhouse that is Diane Warren. All I can say is that I love "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" and have to throw some of the credit for that to Paloma Faith who has really taken the song and made it part of her retro-ouvre.

It will be interesting to find out who wrote “Walls” and if I’ll have to eat my hat again over liking it for the very same reason I don’t like Warren’s other vague lyrical material.

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Comments

jimmydeanpartee

"just like jesse james"
REALLLLLLLLLLLLLY.
probably, the BEST, WHOLE, COMPLETE rock song cher has ever been handed.( I wonder, do you like jon bon jovi songs?)

I LOVE
"how do i live"
by TRISHA YEARWOOD, NOT leann rhimes.(nothing against ms. rhimes, but, Trisha brings
an emotion and feeling to the song, whereas, leann sounds like she is just singing it, because,
she has to. The first time I heard "Blue" in 'hog on ice' music store in SF, I thought it was a new
REBA song. I was surpirzed, when, i inquired about the song.)

I don't get it.... If DW songs are bad, then, who or what else could, possibly, be better or more
qualified to fill her shoes.

jimmy
ps.... i once heard cher say that DW offered to pay for the recording of 'turn back time' just
to get cher to record it. cher said she was shocked, because, DW never pays for anything.

pss..... 'i think i'll write a song.' remember that by helen reddy?

Mary (CS)

See? I'm a complete outlier in my distaste for DW songs!

JLJJ is full of cliches: "slinging a gun," "big city attitude" "pearly smile," "going down for the count," "go down in flames," "aim and fire," and "cryin' Indian" is particularly unfortunate. Why string 10-cent cliches together? Why not create something fresh about the cowboy myth?

And I know I'm going all lit-major here but her pervasive use of "it" continually lacks a signifyer: give it, take it, prove it, lose it. So not only is IT a lazy rhyme scheme here but WTF is it? So unspecific. So much wasted opportunity to be more specific.

So it's the most egregious example because the cowboy song is so cliched already and it's a target for that reason. The reason "3:10 to Yuma" is such a great movie is because after a zillion cowboy movies, it resists all the cliches that have been done to death.

jimmydeanpartee

"it" is "attitude."

His cocky attitude, thinking, he is so full of himself and that she would just be head
over heels for his bad boy self. Instead, she cuts him off at the 'balls.' And DW meant to use cliche
cowboy stuff, inorder, to interest and hook the listener.(kinda like the 'instrumental' repeats of songs like Half-breed, Gypsys, Dark Lady, Pirate, Train of Thought.)( OR, all those Country and Western songs
that play on 'country cliche.')

WOW, mary..... for the first time ever, i think, you have opened a window or door into yourself, that,
I don't think many people get to see. I LIKE THAT!

loveandkisses
jdp

ps... recently, I have been listening to Lynn Anderson on YouTube, when, I came across that she had died.( I'm sure, i knew that, but, had forgotten it.) I think I can say without a doubt, SHE IS MY ALL
TIME FAV.... COUNTRY FEMALE ARTIST.... Her slow songs were just so perfect and emotional and
country, yet, modern... AND, DAMN it I just can't stop singing, 'smile for me', 'i've never loved anyone more', 'keep me in mind, etc........ : )

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