Lana Del Rey, Kurt Cobain, and Climbing Out of the Heart Shaped Box
Lana said to Sirius FM once, "Even at a young age, I really related to his sadness." And we did too, or we wouldn't have listened.
I'll always be in love with Kurt Cobain and not in that "I had purple hair once" and "We would have been soul mates in high school" way. I never knew him and my hair was actually black in my negative creep phase. I relate to Kurt, as many do because the musicflannel-clad
We idolized Kurt because we shared the misfortune of being artistic, sensitive raised in a rural town. Even if you lived on the other end, you were still exposed to the dangers. It could be when you were young or when we sat on a city curb and cried silently to Lana Del Rey's cover of "Heart Shaped Box" because you had to break up with your artist boyfriend of three years. The one who was profoundly in love with you, his band, and his instrument until he left you for a bag of powder.
I saw something different in her cover, maybe because I am a woman, maybe because she's alive and Kurt is dead or maybe just the way she sang it with that quiet intensity. This is not to take away from what Kurt did, but a woman's voice changed the song from a primal scream for help to a promise. And her vocals just break your heart. The subtler rendition leaves the listener with the impression that she will be able to climb out.