These Singers Reimagined Classic Tunes For The Gay Wedding You've Been Dreaming Of

Bob Dylan sings "I got a man, crazy for me / He’s funny that way."

A new album is putting a unique spin on some classic songs and a traditional institution. Universal Love, which is available now from MGM Resorts International, features half a dozen singers who take tunes you might remember and turn them into LGBTQ wedding songs because love is love is love.

Most notably, singer-songwriter Bob Dylan takes on 1929's "She's Funny That Way" and — with a quick pronoun change — morphs it into "He's Funny That Way." The original is from the Great American Songbook catalog, and was famously sung by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. The 76-year-old music icon apparently jumped at the chance to be a part of this project and even suggested the material he would perform, co-producer Rob Kaplan said.

It truly matters — in a world where we're still fighting for LGBTQ weddings to have cakes made for them despite their becoming legal in 2015 — to have one of the most beloved musicians from the U.S. to sing the words: "I got a man, crazy for me / He's funny that way." (As outlets point out, deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia sang Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" when same-sex marriage was legalized, so there's no irony lost there.)

"If you look at the history of pop music, love songs have predominantly come from one heterosexual perspective," Tom Murphy, another co-producer, said. "If we view music as something that brings people together, shouldn't these popular songs be open to everyone?" 

Beyond that, we have some of today's biggest acts putting their stamp on other songs from pop music history. For example, we have Kesha singing "I Need a Woman to Love" (a take on "I Need a Man to Love" by Janis Joplin) and St. Vincent singing "And Then She Kissed Me" (a take on "And Then He Kissed Me" by The Crystals). 

Elsewhere on the album there's Kele Okereke (from Bloc Party) with "My Guy" (a take on "My Girl" by The Temptations), Valerie June with "Mad About the Girl" (a take on "Mad About the Boy" by Noël Coward), and Benjamin Gibbard (from Death Cab For Cutie) with "And I Love Him" (a take on "And I Love Her" by The Beatles).

Universal Love is available on iTunes and can be streamed on Spotify above.

(H/T: NewNowNext | The New York Times)

Cover image: MGM Resorts International

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