Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Corinee Bailey Rae – Been To The Moon

28 Feb

Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae – photo credit: thisisrealmusic.com

Corinne Bailey Rae. Yes, you remember her 2006 Put Your Records On and Like A Star, and then she seemed to drop out of sight, right?  It’s said the British singer took a hiatus after her marriage to Scottish jazz musician, Jason Rae, ended with his unfortunate passing at the age of 32 in 2008.  Rae, then 29, was given the same coroner’s report as Amy Winehouse received–death by misadventure–he succumbing to an accidental overdose of methadone and alcohol.

Corinne didn’t produce another album until 2010. That album, The Sea, and the four song, The Love EP in 2011, were not so much on my radar, but I remember hearing a song or two and longing more for the Rae of her first album.

Well, she’s back, and with a sneak peak of her single, Been To The Moon from her forthcoming album (out on May 13, 2016) The Heart Speaks in Whispers, I’m in love again with her and her music.

Been To The Moon is magic.  In art, I want to be moved. I want to feel.  Much more than I want to think.  It’s what I try to do with my writing, too. Been To The Moon made me feel all kinds of feeling–most of all like I was about to meet my new love.

The song and the video is loose and lush, dreamy. Rae’s jazz-tinged voice, coy and sensual. Transcendent.  She’s been to the moon. Don’t tempt her.  When Rae sings, I’ve been to the moon–I’ve been where you are. God help me…and when she announces she’s back, and asks us if we recognize a fellow astronaut, well, I recognize her, and welcome her vulnerable, rising spirit back with open arms.


Take a listen, and let me know what you feel afterward.

Welcome back, Corinne.


www.youtube.com, Been To The Moon, by Corinne Bailey Rae, posted by VeVo

photo credit: www.thisisrealmusic.com



4 Responses to “Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Corinee Bailey Rae – Been To The Moon”

  1. Sherry Gordon February 28, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    Dear Wendy Jane,

    Hello, there, Wendy Jane, my so, so very dearly precious and dearly special sister and friend who you are For Always so, so very much!!!!!! Wow, sister, wow here, Wendy Jane!!!!!!! What an absolutely fantastic blog post article here so very beautifully composed, my so very dearest friend!!!!!! I, too, along with you say a very hearty, “Welcome back, Corinne!” Wow, sister, I went into dreamland also with her so sharp and sparkling, truly magical Been To The Moon, Wendy Jane! I went to the moon as well, bringing back to me memories of past and lost loves which I have had, and with the ever present, positive and optimistic faith and hope I For Always have with such faith and expectancy of hope that I will for sure find love again someday being patient and waiting, Wendy Jane! I am like you, sister, that with art I yearn so to be moved and to feel! I recognize you, my sisterfriend, and our sister Corinne Bailey Rae as sister astronauts for sure(SMILE!!!!!!!!).

    Wow, sister, this song just took me away into wonderful, deeply intense dreamland, magically helping me to dream, to hope, to so sweetly envision love for myself again someday! Wow, I am also so glad that she had made such a great comeback, Wendy Jane!!!!!! She sure experienced such heartbreak over the tragic death of her so very dear husband in 2008, sister! Wow, has she overcome so much!

    Sister, I so appreciate you and how diligently in such a conscientious manner how you work so superbly in all you do like in your absolutely amazing writing! You are writing more frequently which is such a joy and a blessing, yet I know that beforehand you were for sure only doing your absolutely very, very best that you could have done at the time. I just so appreciate all of your For Always in the past and your continuing greatly heartfelt efforts, my sweet sisterfriend!!!!!!! Yay for you my sister Wendy Jane!!!!!!! Yay for you my friend!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!

    Sister, please have a superbly super Sunday, wondrously wonderful rest of your weekend, and a wondrously wonderful week coming ahead next week, and may all of your days be so, so very especially blessed!!!!!!! YOU, Wendy Jane, are my very joy and blessing, and so are your very spectacular writings, just as I know that YOU, sister, and your so very cool writings are such a sheer joy and blessing to your other very, very many grateful and appreciative readers!!!!!! Yay for you, my so very dear friend Wendy Jane!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!

    Very Warmly and Sincerely For Always, my so, so very special white sister who you are For Always so, so very much, Wendy Jane, with such Peace and Love To You For Always, my so, so very precious friend, and with such Blessings and Even More Blessings To You For Always, my sisterfriend,

    Your lesbian black sisterfriend For Always in the very spirit and solidarity, Sherry Gordon

    • Wendy Jane February 28, 2016 at 4:41 pm #

      Thank you, Sherry! thank you for always propping me up, Sherry. I am glad that Corinne’s Been To The Moon, brought you into dreamland too, and gives you hope for a new love for yourself one day. We always have to hope, right?. Enjoy your Sunday, too, my sisterfriend!

      Wendy Jane

  2. Sarah February 28, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

    Thanks for the video and reconnect with Corrine Bailey Rae. I too have missed her and glad to see her back in action. We just hike a trail today in the desert that looked very similar and it was even called the Moon Trail. Love from your white lesbian sistah.

    • Wendy Jane February 28, 2016 at 11:16 pm #

      Hey my white lesbian sistah for realz,

      thanks for listening–how cool that you were on a trail that was called Moon Trail–hope you and Jen wore your space suits.

      Love you,
      Wendy, your straight non-basketball playing lil’ sistah

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