One attribute of a great song is when it speaks to you in different ways and in different seasons of your life.
Grace Potter’s “Stars” is that kind of song for me.
When I first heard it, I thought it was a break up song. Watching her on VH1’s Storytellers I realized it was not about that at all. She speaks candidly about the song lyrics and what drove her to write it. It is extremely moving to hear her emotionally describing the passion behind the song.
There are some beautiful lines in the song but I love the end of the second verse:
And now I’m all alone in the dark of the night
And the moon is shining, but I can’t see the light.
If you have lost someone close to you, the feeling of emptiness is not hard to recall. Colors don’t seem to shine as bright, food doesn’t taste as good, sleep seems to be the only remedy but the crashing waves of reality sweep in when your eyes open in the morning.
I can relate to this song because she talks about how writing the song was a form of grieving. I’m horrible at talking about my feelings. I struggle to talk about them with people who are close to me. Writing helps me get things out. I know when I’m going through something – bad or good, I need to write.
It is important all of us find something to help us talk about what we are dealing with. It might be writing, it might be talking, whatever it is we need to do it.