I don’t think anyone can successfully argue that Reggae is not love made into music, which means that a Celine Dion love song naturally lends itself to a heartfelt reggae remix. We therefore present our latest remix project, “Loved Me Back to Life,” from Celine Dion’s 2013 album of the same name. Featuring Chris Cortez (Native Elements, KCSM 91.1 FM) on drums, Steven Husted (The Low End Initiative) on bass, Michael Flannigan (Native Elements) on guitar, and Clifford Brown III on horns, keys, production, recording. Recorded at Nice N Up Studios in San Francisco and Champagne Isle in Emeryville.
This is remix track is a Beginner’s Introduction to Appreciating Celine Dion for those who generally don’t love her stuff. It is a special moment when you realize that a song you enjoy is an adaptation of source material that you wouldn’t have enjoyed in its original form; for example, it is like tasting a really great, creamy, flavorful hummus when you’ve never enjoyed plain chickpeas. Magic!
The album of course has its own wiki page, which details a bit of a controversy between Celine and one of the songwriters whose songs are featured on the album. This is nothing out of the ordinary, of course, since it has been made clear on multiple occasions that Celine is a uniquely singer and does not write her own music. This particular song ended up being the title track for the album as a result of the controversy, however. And doesn’t it seem sort of strange that her husband is still her manager? Weird power dynamic for a relationship, but hey, to each their own.
The wiki also notes that “Loved Me Back to Life” is in a minor key, which is apparently unusual for Celine’s oeuvre. But as mentioned above, this is only a minor shift in her personal genre (which I think we can safely assert exists – Celine Dion, much like Yanni and Weird Al, is her own genre at this point), as it only represents a change in music selection rather than a change in musical creative production. This could be in an effort to “modernize” or add a bit of edge to her sound, but it works beautifully for a dubbed out remix. Reggae is well suited to both major and minor keys, but minor keys in reggae feel particularly soulful to me so I really enjoy the groove. Plus, who doesn’t love magical star explosion noises, chilling out to a relaxing reggae vibe, and wondering if the lyrics could possibly be referring to zombies?
What fun would it be to assume that the lyrics refer to a typical, plain old broken heart nursed back to health by a new love interest? No, these lyrics explore the classic theme of resurrection, which can be applied to any variety of situations. They could tell the story of love overcoming zombification, or perhaps even the circle of life in an ashes to ashes, dust to dust sort of way. Maybe being reincarnated through memories after death, possibly even a thinly disguised “I love Jesus” song, presenting a new, sexy view of the resurrection?
We considered many of these possibilities when putting together the video, but in the end, rather than impose any particular interpretation on you the viewer, we present a simple behind-the-scenes view of the musicians recording the song. This allows us to entertain any theory on the meaning that we would like to, and also allows us to connect visually with the music’s creation.
We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed putting it together.