Single Saturdays: Chris Mann – (I’ve had) The Hold of My Life

American singer Chris Mann has released a new parody entitled (I’ve Had) The Hold of My Life. It tells the story of people trying to reach the unemployment hotline without any luck in the US through the reference of Dirty Dancing’s I’ve Had the Time of My Life.

The music is Pop. The composition is the same as the movie Dirty Dancing‘s classic hit I’ve Had the Time of My Life. There’s a nostalgic feel to it, especially having seen the movie and heard the original tune. It starts slowly then increases in tempo at the chorus, then back to slow during the last verse and fast again. Hearing maracas in the background reminds me of the film and the Summertime. The music is upbeat, which is ironic because the subject is not necessarily a happy one. The composition is well-structured and well-thought-out. Chris Mann magnificently composed the song in a nice homage to the film Dirty Dancing.

Chris Mann does an incredible job sounding like two different people. He switches impeccably from a manly voice to a more womanly voice. Chris Mann sings with the same vocal style as I’ve Had the Time of My Life. He demonstrates how versatile his voice is. Impressive!

The lyrics follow the structure as the original version with some improvisation. The words express the challenges and struggles of reaching someone on the Unemployment hotline, in this case, the US during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Chris Mann wrote the song to address this subject with humour and thought.  

The single I’ve Had The Hold of My Life is available.

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