Letting In The Sunshine
- those are carefree, youthful words. The Corrs, recording veterans since 1995,
arent kids any more-theyre coping with relationships, motherhood,
and the loss of a parent. These themes turn up on their new Atlantic album,
Borrowed Heaven, and lend themselves to the albums title. Right
here and now-thats heaven, says lead singer Andrea. All that
is light and dark
. . . we have to live for today. .
The leadoff track,
Summer Sunshine, recalls the happy songs of the 60s, although
it deals with what Andrea terms, a secret love that you can never quite
get over. Sharon, the groups violinist/backing vocalist, describes
it as, very upbeat, very catchy. We knew as soon as we heard it that it
would be the first single.
The tracks that follow sound equally lively, but deal with darker issues. Andrea
and percussionist Caroline wrote Angel in remembrance of the groups
mother. Sharon also wrote about her mother in Goodbye. I was
expressing my frustration [about her death], she explains. But once
it came out of me, I got a little bit more positive and the music got more upbeat.
When you have an outpouring of emotion, things get better.
Likewise, Sharons Long Night is a breakup song that finds
comfort in courage. Its basically about being in the security of
a relationship and then all of a sudden finding yourself alone again . . . at
night is the worst time . . . its stage fright because youre having
to perform without this person.
The four Corrs siblings-including brother Jim who provides guitar and keyboards
- usually perform original material. On Borrowed Heaven, the one non-original
is Time Enough for Tears, the Golden Globe-nominated song from the
movie, In America. That song was written by Bono, Maurice Seezer,
and Gavin Friday, says Sharon. They were just chatting with [director]
Jim Sheridan and he said, Why dont you write a song for the movie?
So they did and they asked Andrea to sing it and we just fell in love with the
song. We thought it was going to get lost
it deserved to be heard so we
put it on the album.
Though their music can be described as modern pop, the Corrs pay tribute to
their Irish background with the final cut. Silver Strand is an instrumental
with Irish jig-style violin work by Sharon. Myself and Caroline wrote
that, actually when we were recording our first album, says Sharon. Theres
an awful lot of waiting when youre recording. So we used to play the violin
and the piano together and we wrote Silver Strand and then forgot
about it. When we were sitting around discussing this album and coming up with
ideas for traditional pieces, I remembered it.
The dark and light of Borrowed Heaven may be best illustrated in the
video for Summer Sunshine. The theme of the video is sort
of an awakening, says Sharon. Its about two people locked
in time. The shutters are all closed and we sort of tear the shutters off the
walls and let in the sunlight.