The first time I heard those words, it was August 20, 1989. My girlfriend broke up with me over the phone. A surge of sadness cascaded through my body as I stood in my parents’ basement filled with unanswered questions and my first, official broken heart. I was thirteen.
Fast forward 20 years — and countless “it’s over” phrases said and heard — I find myself slouched in my home studio with headphones nestled against my ears. I press play on the Joy Jones’ single, “Over” and it’s like a time machine. Not only does her Ronnie Foster inspired bassline and digitized voice take me back to 1989, her words and melodies dragged me past every hurtful relationship and melancholy memory along the way.
Although life has placed me far from that past, the musical journey of Jones’ repetitious wordplay was blissfully miserable. . .like a deep tissue massage.
To pay homage to a song that is undoubtedly one of my favorite songs of all time, here’s a remix – courtesy of DJ Markus Gramm.
Thank you, Joy, and thank God for your gift.