Appearing frequently in the headlines of music news, Miley Cyrus is famous for not only her musical attributes but her transition from Disney kid to rebellious teenager. Today, we are viewing her as a 20-something young woman trying to settle into adulthood. Many of us love her music and admire her style, while just as many find her antics and performances to be less than tolerable to say the least. However, despite the divided opinions, Miley continues to receive a multitude of attention.
She’s at it again…
Recently, Miley graced the headlines again with a story that has left many Beatles fans disheartened and offended. According to MTV and TMZ news, the beloved Lennon and McCartney tune, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” is in the midst of a makeover at the hands of Miley Cyrus and front man for the Flaming Lips, Wayne Coyne. Coyne and Cyrus didn’t reveal much detail about the way they intended to cover the song or where it may end up upon completion, but they did inform the world via Wayne Coyne’s Instagram account, that the two of them were “recordin” together and that they were “high as ****.” They also shared a photo of Miley rolling a joint using her custom Bangerz rolling papers.
You can read more and view the photos at MTV News:
What does a music lover like me think?
With regards to Miley, I am torn. Looking beyond the questionable wardrobes, the inability to keep her tongue in her mouth, and rolling joints on camera for attempts at attention, Miley could be considered a talented woman. She is capable of singing very well and has potential to be an excellent artist. That being said, I feel that much of her talent is convoluted by the pursuit of a wild-child image and an inability to find a consistency with her work. With some of her song choices, I think that she goes too far outside of the style of music that suits her voice. A cover like “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” is an example of this. The vocal range, tone, and feeling intended for Lennon are just not compatible with the childlike, pop artist style vocal quality produced by Cyrus. As an artist myself, I appreciate her creativity and wish her well, but I disagree with the idea of attempting to recreate such a well known and loved song. Ultimately, I believe it will not be received well by most, especially Beatles fans.
As an avid Beatles fan myself, I will always prefer the original version of the song to a cover. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” is a song that is already in its best form. I feel that an artist like Miley Cyrus would interpret the song into a more pop-like structure and muddle the intended message and mood.
It’s all about the history.
Being a fan, I’ve done my research over the years and learned of a little history behind the song. With any song, I feel it is important to gain some insight into the inspiration and meaning behind the lyrics in order to truly appreciate and understand the message the artist was trying to convey.
According to an article published by the NY Daily News, the original song, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, was inspired by a drawing done by Lennon’s son, Julian. He drew a girl named Lucy on a background of a starry sky and named the drawing, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”…he showed it to his dad, John Lennon, and the idea was born.
You can read more about the real Lucy and the story behind the song at the following link to the NY Daily News article.
Can Miley convey the message?
When listening to the original version, the music, the lyrics, and the tone of the vocals all convey a feeling of a surreal world…almost like entering a child’s painting. To me, it’s perfect. The song seems to flow exactly as intended with the message. A different interpretation invoking the same feeling is difficult to imagine and seemingly impossible to outdo. I truly have a hard time envisioning Miley Cyrus singing “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” The song simply doesn’t match her vocal style or personality as an artist.