A New Star in the Sky by Air

A New Star in the SkyA New Star in the Sky by Air

 

My baby blue is a new star in the sky
My baby blue is a new star in the sky

The world, the world, the world, the world
Just for you, for nobody else
The world, the world, the world, the world
Just for you, for nobody else
The world, the world, the world, the world
Just for you

My baby blue is a new star in the sky
My baby blue is a new star in the sky
My baby blue is a new star in the sky
My baby blue is a new star in the sky

 

Short and bittersweet are the best words to describe Air’s “A New Star in the Sky.”  Released in 1998 as one of the tracks in the band’s critically-acclaimed debut LP “Moon Safari”, the song is literally short in terms of the number of words used in the lyrics.  It is basically made up of two sentences.  These are just repeated and gently sung (in an almost whispery manner) along with the subtle instrumentation of the track comprised of guitars and synthesizers.  This song is also sometimes referred to as “Chanson pour Solal” which literally translates to “A Song for Solal.”A probable reason as to why this is called as such is because of the fact that the French duo considers Martial Solal as a huge influence in their music. Like Solal, Air has also worked with musical score compositions (mostly with the films of Sofia Coppola) – a field in which Solal is greatly recognized for.

Although clocking at almost six minutes with just two sentences as lyrics, the meaning behind the song is very deep and bittersweet.  This could be a reason why “A New Star in the Sky”is one of the commonly preferred funeral songs.  Despite the lack of lyrics, the breezy and solemn instrumentation coupled with Air’s gentle singing helps set a lesser intense and depressing mood during cremation services.  Instead of focusing on the loss of a loved one and the mourning for such, the song makes the listeners realize that they are not gone all along – that their relative or friend is just right up in the sky as a shining star continually looking over them. From that perspective, we can say that this song helps console and uplift people who are grieving. A New Star in the Sky provides this kind of pacifying effect to the hearts of those who have been departed which makes it a very special and apt song to play during such occasions.  This song helps people who are coping up with the death of a loved one to let go of the sadness and be happy for the their newfound life.  Claiming that “my baby is a blue star in the sky”, as the song implies, helps people treat the loss as an expression of liberation.

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