Friday, December 5, 2008

Leftovers (History): Weak With Love

Susanna Hoffs: Weak With Love


Appropriate for History Week, is Susanna Hoffs' "Weak With Love", as it both gives information and reaction to the tragic event of December 8th, 1980, the day John Lennon was killed. The song appeared on Susanna's second solo album, self-titled, that was released in 1996.

On that fateful day, Susanna would have been about 21 years old. She graduated from college the same year and was about to embark on her musical career with The Bangles in the coming months. But her childhood had been filled with the music of The Beatles and they always remained her main influence. As a young musician, it was devastating to hear that her hero had been murdered. This song contains both a recount of how she found out about it and also a short recount of the event in question. The title "Weak With Love" is both an homage to the man that was lost that day and his gentle nature, as well as the feeling that she was left with in that loss.

I think the song does a great job of being both factual as far as the event is concerned, as well as remaining mostly an emotional tale of how one feels because of something that happened. And most importantly, it is also a lovely song.

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