‘Hello, hello baby, you called? I can’t hear a thing.’ Yeah, ‘I just called to say I love you.’ ‘I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet.’ These three regular phone talks, ‘transcribed’ and turned into lyrics, became super popular songs. Are we right guessing that you know them by heart?
We typically relate call transcriptions to the business world. Nowadays companies produce massive volumes of audio files. Call transcription ensures information will not be forgotten, misunderstood or misheard as so often can happen over the phone. While ‘transcribing’ a small everyday phone talk and mingling it with a little bit of music can become… well, quite a hit.
‘I just called to say I love you…’ It sounds so romantic! Stevie Wonder sang this sweet phrase blended with some easy musical background and voilà – we’ve got the best love song of several generations. Did you know it is from the 1984 comedy “The Woman in Red”? Shall we tell you men started calling their spouses just to say how much they cared once the movie was released? And a red fancy dress metamorphosed into a symbol of a gorgeous woman.
‘Wha-wha-what did you say huh? You're breakin’ up on me. Sorry I cannot hear you. I’m kinda busy.’ Acting like the phone line is unreachable can be a good pretext to avoid and eventually dump your lovers, exes or fans. The expert here is Lady Gaga, who is busy in prison. Inspired by her fear of suffocation, Gaga explained that the lyrics preferring relaxing on the dance floor to answering her lover’s phone call are a metaphor, the phone calling her representing the fear of not having worked hard enough to succeed. Recorded with Beyoncé in 2009, the megahit “Telephone” climbed the charts in a blink of an eye.
‘Hello, it’s me…’ Surprise! That ‘me’ is de facto Adele! She returned to call her fans after 3 years out of the spotlight. Her flawless ballad “Hello” was released only 3 weeks ago, on October 23rd, as you probably know better. We bet Adele’s track is on your playlist even right at this moment! Calling your ex and saying sorry for your past mistakes is always sort of dramatic and melancholic. Adele demonstrated that such a call may be as expressive as a love song.