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For Whitney Houston disciples “Higher Love” will give you chills

When Whitney’s cover of “Higher Love” dropped last June it felt like a gift from beyond. In this case Ariana Grande & Gaga are still very much alive and serving similarly out-of-nowhere pop-beat realness with “Rain on Me“.

The jam is unmistakable and relentless/driving beat will infect your eardrums. “I’d rather be drunk but at least I’m alive” might seem like a throwaway lyric but “Rain on Me” can be interpreted as “prayers up” for Americans and the world suffering from COVID19 and general authoritarian exhaustion.

  • See, I don’t want to hold my pillow late at night no more
    I’m tossin’ and turnin’ and thinkin’ ’bout burnin’ down these walls
    I-I don’t wanna fuel this fire no more, no more, no more
    See, I made up my mind ’cause I’ve wasted my time
    Ain’t nothin’ here to keep me warm

Written by Burt Bacharach and Ashanti, among others, “Rain on Me” is a homage to survivors everywhere. As COVID ravages the world survivors are mourning passing of loved ones and trying to find strength to go on. That’s what this tune does.

“Rain on Me” is second track on Gaga’s forthcoming record, “Chromatica“—which drops on May 29th, my birthday. 🔵


Will Pollocksideways is a perpetually crabby New York City escapee based in Midtown Atlanta. He’s a freelance multimedia journalist, media analyst and author of two books (the award-wining Pizza for Good & Leaving Triscuit), with more on the way.

In 2001, Will earned his Masters from The Medill School of Journalism, graduating with highest honors from the magazine sequence. As permanent member of Journalism’s National Honors Society, he’s been active in monitoring, writing and blogging about media and journalism ever since he graduated.

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