Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Life Soundtrack 34
Stronger Than That, by Cliff Richard
Never officially released in the US (to my knowledge), this song found its way onto the playlist of my local Christian radio station back in the late 1980s. Cliff Richard's Christian faith had been receiving publicity in the evangelical subculture at the time, which made him a celebrity of sorts in Christian music circles, even though his albums were difficult to obtain in the U.S. at the time.
The song itself could be placed in the "God or girlfriend" category that Christian music fans are well acquainted with - it works equally well as Cliff singing to a girlfriend or as God speaking to us. Whether that was his intent or not, that's what landed the song on at least one Christian station.
Rediscovering the song now, it would also work well for a same-sex relationship facing disapproval from relatives and neighbors - an interpretation Cliff Richard himself would undoubtedly disapprove of, given his repeated denial of the rumors that have circulated regarding his sexual orientation. But because of those rumors it's an intriguing notion.