I Would Like To Call It Beauty

Songfacts®:

  • Both "Are You Here" and this jazz-flavored emotional track were written by Bailey Rae in the wake of the death of her husband Jason Rae from an accidental overdose in 2008. In an interview with the Observer Music Monthly the Leeds-born artist was asked if this song is about finding beauty even in the darkest times. She replied: "Yeah, in a way it is. You find out there's a lot of beauty and grace even in the darkness. In the way people treat you, in nature, in the things you maybe took for granted. There is something miraculous that pushes you along, makes you keep going, makes you carry on. It's really about the mystery of that. In fact, the whole album is about that in a way; it's about loss but it's also about hope, about keeping going and trying to find that beauty."
  • The song's title came from a late-night conversation Bailey Rae had with Jason's younger brother on how they viewed God. Her late husband's brother said he believed in a force that binds everything, holds everything, adding, "I would like to call it… beauty." So powerful was the sentiment that the singer took it for the song title, and credited him as its co-writer. Bailey Rae commented in publicity materials: "I have experienced a lot of beauty in the loss, in the way that I've been able to survive. The way I feel like I'm being held - held up. I guess the song is about the amount of beauty that is in grief because of the way that people hold you up, and forces and nature, how they hold you up."

Comments: 1

  • Jovan from Woodbine, GaBeautiful! I have no other words other than,"PLAY IT AGAIN!" :)
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Director Wes Edwards ("Drunk on a Plane")

Director Wes Edwards ("Drunk on a Plane")Song Writing

Wes Edwards takes us behind the scenes of videos he shot for Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Chase Bryant. The train was real - the airplane was not.

Tom Keifer of Cinderella

Tom Keifer of CinderellaSongwriter Interviews

Tom talks about the evolution of Cinderella's songs through their first three albums, and how he writes as a solo artist.

Sam Phillips

Sam PhillipsSongwriter Interviews

Collaborating with T Bone Burnett, Leslie Phillips changed her name and left her Christian label behind - Robert Plant, who recorded one of her songs on Raising Sand, is a fan.

Classic Metal

Classic MetalFact or Fiction

Ozzy, Guns N' Roses, Judas Priest and even Michael Bolton show up in this Classic Metal quiz.

80s Video Director Jay Dubin

80s Video Director Jay DubinSong Writing

Billy Joel and Hall & Oates hated making videos, so they chose a director with similar contempt for the medium. That was Jay Dubin, and he has a lot to say on the subject.

Glen Burtnik

Glen BurtnikSongwriter Interviews

On Glen's résumé: hit songwriter, Facebook dominator, and member of Styx.