On June 28, 2014, Brandi Burns and Edric Haleen got married.  And as they were preparing for the wedding, they took some time out and re-recorded a song that Edric wrote a couple years before for SpinTunes . . .

Now -- the interesting thing about this song is that the original version was recorded by Edric Haleen and Kevin Savino-Riker, one of Edric’s songwriting-friends who lives out in California.  Edric decided to record it with two male singers to stress the universality of love.  As he wrote at the time (you can read his full comments here) . . .


This song is about love.  And commitment.  And hope and joy.  And it was written to be sung by two people exchanging vows -- regardless of gender.  Yes -- if I sang it at my wedding, it would be with a woman.  If Kevin sang it at his wedding?  It would be with a woman.  But the song is not changed or diminished or any less poignant if it is sung by two women.  And this song’s sentiments are not any less resonant or heartfelt because it was recorded by two men.




Well here’s the thing.  Shortly after that recording was released, one of Edric’s friends (who shall remain anonymous) responded with the following assertions . . .



I would love to hear this done with a woman as the second voice; I know you stated that you intended it to be non-gender based, but since you presented it as you did it will always be “Edric’s Gay Love Song” to me unless I hear it another way.




Edric hopes that we can, as a species, get to a point where everyone would feel as revulsed by those comments as he does.  For the implication is that, somehow, homosexual love is fundamentally different than heterosexual love.  The comment suggests that a song like this cannot possibly speak to (or for?) both gay couples and straight couples -- it must be definitively labeled as one or the other, and neither the twain shall meet . . . 


“Separate but equal” doesn’t strike Edric as ever having worked out very well in the past.  But that’s simply because it’s bullshit.  People are people.  Love is love.  And someday, hopefully, everyone can understand that.  And act accordingly . . .


That is all.