Bob Dylan sang about loving a man to promote marriage equality


The veteran singer is among singers who have recorded Universal Love, a collection of re-imagined love song with a gender reverse to celebrate same-sex love. Dylan sings a gender-flipped cover of 1920s song She’s Funny That Way – famously covered by Frank Sinatra, turning it into He’s Funny That Way. Meanwhile Kesha sings a cover of Janis Joplin’s I Need A Man To Love, retitled I Need a Woman to Love. Also contributing to the project, is Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, singing ‘And I Love Him’, Kele Okereke of Bloc Party singing ‘My Guy’ and St. Vincent singing ‘And Then She Kissed Me’. In the liner notes, Anthony DeCurtis explained that most wedding songs use opposite-sex pronouns and nobody even notices it, when songwriters are gay they are writing usually omitting gendered pronouns, not everybody is as brave as Sam Smith who sings ‘It is him I love’ or Hayley Kiyoko who sings about counting herself to ‘Girls who like girls’. A release added: “Love is universal. Shouldn’t love songs be too? MGM Resorts thought so. After all, our home is Las Vegas, the wedding capital of the world. As marriage has become more inclusive, it seems like it’s time the music we use to celebrate it caught up. That’s why we partnered with Legacy Recordings and a diverse group of iconic artists to create Universal Love, an album that re-imagines what a first-dance song can be. We wanted to give weddings a better soundtrack. One that includes everyone.”


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