Religion has inspired lots of great art. Everything from the Sistine Chapel to Homer’s Odyssey was inspired by faith. What certain fans might not know is that God supposedly inspired the lyrics to one of Rihanna’s biggest hits.
Most people wouldn’t think that a pop song was created with any supernatural or divine influence. However, Sia looks at things differently. On an episode of The Howard Stern Show, she gave us some insight into her unique conception of God and his influence on Rihanna‘s “Diamonds.”
The supposedly supernatural origin of Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’
According to Howard Stern Comes Again, Stern praised Rihanna’s “Diamonds” for being a beautiful song. Although Rihanna made the song famous, it was actually written by Sia. Sia wrote the song over the course of about twenty minutes as a car waited downstairs to take her to an airport. That’s such a short amount of time to write one of Rihanna‘s most beloved and popular songs!
Stern wanted to know where the lyrics to “Diamonds” came from, and Sia told Stern she “channeled” the words. In this context, “channeling” something is when one allows some sort of supernatural being to work through you. Sia would say she channeled the lyrics to “Diamonds” from God. Specifically, Sia said she likes to think the words “diamonds in the sky” came from God.
Sia’s ‘surfing Santa’ God
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Many people have a conception of God which fits snugly into a certain religion. Sia is not one of those people. She told Stern she views God as — of all things — a surfer. Some deities are humanoid and others resemble animals but Sia might be the first person to view God as a surfer.
Stern asked Sia if she was a religious woman. She replied “I believe in a higher power and it’s called ‘Whatever Dude’ and he’s a queer, surfing Santa that’s a bit like my grandpa, so yes.” Sia noted she conceives of God as male despite the fact that she’s a feminist.
In an interview with The Australian, Sia gave fans more insight into Whatever Dude. She said she looks to him for guidance and he’ll reply “whatever, dude!” in a soft voice. Sia has Whatever Dude’s name tattooed on her hand. Whatever Dude might be an unconventional fellow, but he certainly deserves some credit for co-writing “Diamonds!”
What Rihanna thought of ‘Diamonds’
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According to The Source, Sia got to play the song for Rihanna. Sia’s collaborator, Benny Blanco, had some misgivings about their decision. He was surprised Sia play “Diamonds” for Rihanna when she could have played her something more up-tempo.
However, Rihanna really enjoyed the song and listened to it several times in a row. Blanco recalled it was Rihanna’s “favorite song.” When Rihanna decided to record the track, Blanco was pleasantly surprised. The song reached number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 and gets airplay to this day. Now bad for a song supposedly co-written by God himself!
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