Music Diary Songs of Note: The Song Behind the Song

Music Diary Songs of Note: The Song Behind the Song

If you watched the Grammy Awards and saw the segment featuring Eminem, you might have noticed that Rihanna was terrible ‘singing’ Love the Way You Lie. In fact that whole song was pretty lousy, and it only got better when it transitioned into Dr Dre’s section. And even then for me the highlight was the haunting voice of Skylar Grey. She had some feeling reminiscent of Sinead O’Connor tied in with her own haunting and fragile sensibilities.

Since then I was sent a link to a YouTube video of the original demo for the song by Skylar Grey who actually wrote it. What? Doesn’t the track listing simply say ‘Mathers’? Yes – but then Sarah Palin’s book list her as sole author as well, something that has been broadly debunked … she isn’t even primary author! Anyway, on expanded listings the name ‘Hafferman’ shows up, which is Skylar Grey’s real last name.

The thing that struck me was that Grey’s version was just SO much better than Rihanna’s recorded version – they was much more feeling, and a genuine sense of anguish and fragility.
Here is Skylar Grey’s demo of Love the Way You Lie’

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Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!