Man. I would really like to go back to my normally-scheduled blogging and leave Lea Michele alone, but she just keeps cropping up and making that impossible, like today when I saw she’d released a second Cory Monteith tribute song on her album ‘Louder’.
I understand that people have issues with me suggesting that Lea has used the tragedy of Cory Monteith‘s death to further her own career, and that’s fine. It’s a personal feeling of mine based on my observations, and I don’t expect everyone to leap on board. But after hearing her new song ‘If You Say So’, I have to imagine that it might encourage at least a few people to come around to my way of thinking.
Lea had already made it clear in multiple statements that there was a song called ‘You’re Mine’ on the album for Cory. Apparently it was his favorite song, and she thinks of him every time she hears it. Sure, great. You do you, girl. But once there’s a second song on the same album serving the same purpose but just driving the point home further, I start to get even more uncomfortable.
You can say you want privacy or you can produce an entire album with explicit details about your relationship a man who’s now dead, but you can’t have it both ways, like Lea tries to in this interview:
“It’s the only song that no one’s heard. I can’t talk about it until people hear it. I just feel like people should hear it and I don’t know if I’m ever going to talk about it. It’s just one of those things where I understand what it means and you can take it or leave it. That song is for me.”
Yeah, for you to sell copies. This song is literally set seven days after Cory’s death, a lyric that’s repeated multiple times throughout, in case you miss it the first time. Every element is designed to exploit the nostalgia you probably feel at the death of an actor before his time, even down to the title, which Lea says comes from the last words he ever said to her — ‘if you say so’, after she told him she loved him more.
I know that people mourn in different ways, but this way is just so public and…exploitative, to me. I even like the song and it makes me emotional while listening to it because I selfishly relate it to my own life, but it feels unfair of her to play on that without even a waver in her voice. She’s singing about how she can’t get away from ‘the burning pain’, but you don’t hear even a hint of it.
Bottom line, it’s seven days after his death, and she’s already back to work, finding the best angle for her own career. That’s the real message of the song for me, unintentional though it may be.
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