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2023 – Izo Fitzroy: God gets a little bit busy sometimes (Cosmodelica Remix)

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

'God Gets a Little Busy Sometimes' is a heartwrenching song from Izo FitzRoy’s LP "A Good Woman". Given the "Cosmodelica" treatment, the song remains a powerful tour de force in this new version...

 

Introduction. – The more I listen to the show, the more I think about it, the more I perceive its message never was one of "being happy at all costs". On the contrary, when you listen to it globally, you clearly understand that its message sounds more like "Embrace life in its entirety without adding unnecessary weight to it". This includes all the sad moments in store, rejoining an Idea I developed a few weeks ago: "Because there ain't nothing more important than the thoughts of a mind lit by darkness"...

We will come back to this analysis at a later date on the blog. Still, I felt I needed to introduce this idea here, even incompletely, since Izo Fitroy's song is not your happiest one ever, and since Colleen's take on that song (though its positive impulse) did not totally erase Fitzroy's magistral vision, simply putting it on another level...

 

A few words about Izo Fitzroy. – Of course, I won't propose a full biography about Izo; I wouldn't have the time and other writers on the net have done it better than I ever could. But, I feel it is a good idea to bring out some information to help situate the song in Itzo's Musical Repertoire.

First, we must keep in mind Izo's love for gospel music. In an interview with westcoastsoul, Izo can be quoted as saying, "Gospel will always be a huge part of what I do. It resonates deeply with me, mostly because it lifts me out of my suffering, and connects me with something much bigger than myself." Secondly, it is essential to remember Izo's journey on this earth, leading to the writing of this beautiful song. She is no stranger to hard times. As she explained it, "God Can Get a Little Busy Sometimes" was written in a moment of despair. It tells of the insecurities of a woman in her thirties and how she tries to get outside help. The reference to God relates to her Catholic upbringing. The song is a self-determination and assurance to look to her own strength.

Lastly, rejoining the idea presented in this post's introduction, we must remember Izo's message as a singer and as a woman, which is one of hope and positivity. Though she battled depression, she started not understanding what was happening to her; then, after accepting her path, she took the needed steps and went to a much happier place.

 

God Gets A Little Bit Busy Sometimes (2022). – As always, let's have a listen to the original song.

"God Gets a Little Bit Busy Sometimes" is a heartwrenching song. It is not a song that praises the Lord. It depicts a situation of great despair where words are carefully chosen, and Music does not serve as a "decorum" but as a pedestal, a revolutionary one. Nothing here comes from the heart; nothing is mellow; everything comes from Izo's guts, as we shall see...

Izo starts singing after the piano hits its first note, surprising the listener. The tonality of the song, obviously, is not in major... We're immediately surprised by Izo's voice, quite realistic, close to us, recorded at almost the same level as the piano, which presence is a very reassuring and enveloping one. It's a very intimate yet "bare" moment of the song. All of the details enhance this sentiment of intimacy we can hear both in Izo's voice and in the piano's sound (we can hear the pedal's sounds, for instance, and some turning pages too...).

Then, suddenly, we're hit by the song's bridge, leaving us breathless, gasping for air. As at the beginning of the song, this eruption comes unexpectedly: though the dynamics are controlled (we wished they would be greater with the instruments being freer, but this choice seems only logical when you think about the spirit of the song...), we can clearly hear the raging realistic drums, the nervous bass and Izo's voice which seems to come further ahead in the mix. Also, though we are in the absolutely desperate part of the song, Izo's voice is not one engaging that despair totally. Izo's voice seems to be searching for the right notes, her voice even "cracking” at one point (search for that moment; you'll understand when you find it...). She takes risks and accepts to sing in an almost vulnerable way, bringing up the listener's tears on and on...

The song ending on its beginning calmer musical scene adds that feeling of questioning the higher grounds, trying to understand Why... On a "psychological level", "God Gets a Little Bit Busy Sometimes" is a mean thing: those who doubt sincere people around them will surely understand the song's naked meaning...

 

Cosmodelica Remix (2023). – Now that we have the original song well installed between our ears, let's dive into Colleen's version.

Of course, with Colleen taking the con, the song takes another dimension... As she explained it on Instagram when sharing this remix a few days ago, Izo returned to the studio to record her voice on Colleen's instrumental track, truly being a "one-take wonder". It seems evident to me that this new version is not a "remix" but rather a rework. So what are the changes, and how do they impact Izo's song?

First, let's quickly concentrate on Colleen's "basics" since we know them well. We have the "dancing cosmos" effect, enhanced here by the bouncing synths and the realistic clapping hands, not to mention the female vocals enveloping the listener, going from left to right in a circular motion... Everything is pretty straightforward (the bass is solid yet light simultaneously, not overwhelming and far more "musical" than in the original version), keeping the song's initial "urgent" spirit. This "urgent" spirit is more "driven" here, with Izo's voice being more open, having no distortion, and the whole track having a clearer frequency response. Every element of the mix can be easily heard; there is no hidden message in there. At first glance, it seems there is a change in the way Izo's message is presented...

This gets confirmed if we take the time to listen to the song's rhythm and bridge, which treatments bring up the true soul of this new version. First, the track's rhythm is quicker and has a "running element" to it (enhanced by the synth's repetitive notes ending on a… higher ground!). Then comes the song’s bridge with that "trance touch", and this very part without vocals, without any change in the dynamics, with its constant revolving nature telling the listener's spirit "Don't look back, keep on fighting, keep going straight ahead, keep on running, don't let these sad ideas get you down".

Intellectually, we go from a woman hoping that God won't let her down, though she blames him for being busy, to someone knowing that help won't come from on high but still doing her best to protect herself and doing what needs to be done (listen to Candi Staton's "Hallelujah Anyway"). Doesn't that ring a bell in your mind? Well. Stop reading right now. Read that paragraph again. Done? Understood? Ha haaa! Told you... Colleen is a living soul... What was I saying, already? ... ∞

Oh yes, I was saying that if you ever want to mix Collen's version, you'll be able to do a beautiful DROP after Izo's vocal ends (choose the following track nicely ^^) ... Isn't this also a perfect way to enhance Colleen's and Izo's positive message?


I dedicate this analysis to Grecamac and Ana Maria...

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