Written By: Mandi Lauren Nowitz
“I Can’t Keep All of Our Secrets” by Canadian artist Rae Spoon, is one secret that needs to be exposed. Spoon, who prefers the pronoun “they,” hails from Montreal by way of Calgary and is not just a singer/songwriter but also a short-story writer. They were even nominated in 2013 for the Lambda Literary Awards in the Transgender Fiction area, a huge accomplishment for someone who started out at the age of seventeen. They also did the music for the feature “The Valley Below,” which garnered much positive critical acclaim in Canada and has established Spoon as an extremely diverse artist.
So why use the pronoun of “they” which also happened to be the title of one of Spoon’s albums? They spoke with Now Magazine in 2012 and had this to say about the personal choice: “after years of fighting to be called ‘he,’ the idea of coming out again made me tired. But now I feel kind of rejuvenated, ready to fight on some more. I think the ‘they’ pronoun is a pretty cool thing. It’s letting a lot of people not have to identify as a man or a woman. Whatever it means to them.” As Prince said in “ I Would Die 4 You,” off of “Purple Rain”: “I’m not a woman. I’m not a man. I am something that you’ll never understand.” That is basically Spoon’s philosophy in a nutshell, from what I have gathered.
Every Sunday, a new version of a Rae Spoon song is released on their site and this weekend, it happens to be “I Can’t Keep All of Our Secrets.” It has vocals that slightly Belinda Carlisle and Natalie Merchant mixed with the flair of The Cranberries and, when slowed down, it’s such a different track than originally recorded. Much like Spoon, it is a stripped down version, leaving all the lyrics and Spoon’s voice bare and naked for everyone to hear, crisp as day. It reminds me a lot of Bryan Adams song “Heaven,” which was covered and remixed by DJ Sammy and the acoustic, windows closed to keep the sunlight out electro-pop feel is extremely controlled in a tight way.The lyrics are simple yet clearly have strong meaning behind them. “Maybe when I’m nothing, I will understand. Where you are now?” It may be Sad Song Sunday but this track is pure awesome.