Tuesday, August 09, 2005
It Is What It Is
Heard a few bits of Paul Anka’s new record on Fresh Air yesterday, of covers of rock hits, which was, um interesting. First they played “It’s My Life,” a Bon Jovi song, I believe, which sort of works as a standard. But then they played “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – and it’s bizarre – but Terry Gross asked him if he thought that some of those lyrics (a mosquito, my libido) were meant to be heard as clearly as Anka sang them. And his answer was sort of interesting I thought – he talked about how the meaning of a song isn’t necessarily spelled out, it’s what an individual takes from it, and that he didn’t know if Nirvana set out to obscure some of the lyrics, nevertheless, “it is what it is.” Made sense to me. Still rather listen to the original of course.