🇺🇸 🗽 Happy Independence Day! 🗽🇺🇸
Also, Happy late Canada Day to all my Canadian readers. I celebrated Canada Day a couple of years ago by talking about Jane Child. This week is not just about the Independence Days of Canada and the United States, other countries are celebrating too. Friday is Algeria’s and Cape Verde’s Independence Day, Comoros’s and Malawi’s is on Saturday, Belarus was yesterday, Burundi’s was Monday, Argentina’s and The Bahamas’s are next week, as well as France’s, Kiribati’s, and Belgium’s are coming up this month. There are other countries that will celebrate independence this month!
To celebrate Independence Day, we are taking look at two songs that mention “Independence” for this Battle of the Song. Now, these songs might not be patriotic or talk about a country’s own independence. The two songs featured talk about the concept of independence as in a person’s independence or figurative meaning of the word.
Let’s look at the songs!
Manhattan Transfer – “This Independence”
Kicking off this Battle of this song is the 1983 song “This Independence” by jazz vocal group The Manhattan Transfer. This group has been going strong for the past 50 years (this year marks their 50th anniversary). They have explored many different genres besides jazz, like a cappella, swing, R&B, pop, and others.
“This Independence” is from the group’s 1983 album Bodies and Souls, which was their first foray into R&B. Although not as memorable as their first track “Spice of Life” (which features Stevie Wonders), “This Independence” is my favorite track off the album along with “Soldier of Fortune”. The premise of “This Independence” sounds a bit dark when you listen to the somewhat baffling lyrics. However, that doesn’t mean you skip this song.
Instead, you should listen for the vocals, a feature that The Manhattan Transfer is known for. My favorite part is the chorus because it features a great call and response. The members sing a powerful call that is followed by a response from the song’s main vocalist, Tim Hauser, usually singing a higher pitched melody line. You should also check out the scat singing by Cheryl Bentyne during the interlude.
Saski – “Independent”
I discovered the other song for this Battle on Spotify when I was looking for songs with “Independent” in the lyrics or title. I never heard of Saski before. According to her official website, she is a singer from New Zealand who has a unique musical style that blends electronic pop and folk together. Saski currently lives in the US, where she has been releasing music since 2015.
“Independent” doesn’t reflect the idea of a country’s independence. Instead, it talks about a person’s independence from a former lover. You can hear hints of a past relationship in the lyrics as the main character tell their ex-lover that is time to break out from the chains of a former relationship and be free, thus gaining their own independence.
This song is soothing and easy to listen as it features an ambivalent musical mood. This sound is enriched by Saski’s bright and clear vocals throughout the song. Because of the vocals and it’s musical mood, “Independent” is a perfect song for the weekend, during work, or when you are relaxing.
What Will It Be?
Now it is your turn to vote! Who will be the victor of the first-ever “Battle of the Songs”? Tell me in the comments below! Also, tell me why you choose a particular version! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!
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Before you click off this page, here are the results of the last Battle of the Songs: The Decisive Battle During Rainy Season With These Prince-penned Songs.]
The winner is….
Morris Day and The Time!
Congrats to them! Here is the breakdown of the votes, for anyone who is curious:
Don’t forget to vote for the current Battle of the Songs: The Manhattan Transfer or Saski? Also, I am extending the current Name Me a Song till next week. Tell me a song about summer if you haven’t already.