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Stand by Lenny Kravitz

Album: Black and White AmericaReleased: 2011
  • This is the lead single from American recording artist Lenny Kravitz' ninth album, Black and White America. It was released on June 3, 2011.
  • Like many of Kravitz's tunes "Stand" has a psychedelic component to it. He told Gibson.com this hearkens back to his childhood. Kravitz explained: "I was a major hippie. I lived that as a child with my parents in New York City, and then I re-lived it as a young adult. Psychedelia touches a part of me that stems from childhood. You can actually hear a Partridge Family influence in a song like 'Stand.' People laugh at that stuff, but it was good music, with great melodies and great arrangements. Obviously, I mix it with funk, and other styles, but those things from childhood definitely have stayed with me. Psychedelia eventually morphed into glam – in the form of artists like KISS, and Bowie and T. Rex. I listened to all that music, as a kid. It all comes together in the form of quirky songs like 'Stand' or 'Rock Star City Life.'"
  • The music video was directed by Paul Hunter and finds Kravitz portraying three characters, gameshow host Bart Billingsworth, drummer Bubba Washington and singer Desmond Richie.
  • The song was written for a close friend of Kravitz' who was paralyzed from the waist down because of an accident. He explained to the Reading Eagle newspaper in an interview published in September 2011: "I wasn't in the country at the time with the person, and I wanted to give this person some positive words and something to just continue to listen to help motivate them. It was like, what could I do? And what I could do is just give some positive words." Happily, his friend subsequently recovered.
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