The relationship between me and song no.2 on this project starts from way back when. I was seventeen, and just beginning to figure myself out as a singer-songwriter. I had a literal 3 minute slot to sing a song in a sixth-form assembly, and decided to squeeze in the most rushed rendition of Like a Star that perhaps has ever existed. 8 years later and I still can’t get the song out of my set list.
“Like A Star” by English singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae was released in 2005 on her self-titled debut album. Corinne is perhaps my favourite lyricist of all time, and so it was likely she would show up on this project sooner rather than later. I have been following her music since her early days; The Sea and The Heart Speaks in Whispers are albums I both know very well. And so even though I am not a fan of the obvious, and could have picked a more obscure song of hers, I have never been able to leave this song alone. Perhaps it’s the simplicity of the melody, or the way it talks about love in such a raw form. Or maybe because it’s just such a tune.
I have developed my version of this song in a very gradual manner across the 8 years. Many of the chord substitutions towards the end came to me within the last year or so. Changes in the melody happened a couple years before. I originally arranged this song with full band in mind, and I can still feel it in the back of my mind when singing this version. The song itself for me is a slow burn, and I feel like that has come through in the way I’ve dealt with this song. I never felt the need to force any creative decisions - everything with this arrangement came naturally and in its own time.
Like A Star -
Corinne Bailey Rae Original
Like A Star -
Songs From Home Cover