I recently saw that the North Carolina, USA singer-songwriter and poet Jonathan Byrd featured “Bright Star” on his Facebook page. The song is written and performed by American singer-songwriter and playwright Anaïs Mitchell.
The piece, which premiered in late October, has a simple but lovely melody and beautiful vocals. I think it’s a love ballad to a bright star that may represent either the human object of the singer’s affections or perhaps really is about a heavenly body seen as she romanticizes about her travels on the sea, under a starry sky.
In an evening sky with a near-full moon last night, there were “movie clouds” as a brother described them. It’s easy to see where Mitchell’s inspiration and rich imagery come from when thinking of that breathtaking view. Sometimes, standing there in silence is all one needs to recall we are part of this big, beautiful, fragile living world.
“Bright Star” is a pre-release track from Mitchell’s self-titled eighth album, being released January 22, 2022. She developed her fourth album, Hadestown (2010), into a folk musical for theatrical performance, with an expanded version hitting the stage in 2016.
Mitchell appeared on Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in 2020. Her parents named her after the French-Cuban-American author Anaïs Nin (1903-1977). My sweety featured some of Nin’s writing in our marriage ceremony.
Now you know a little about why this is My Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the official music video from Anaïs Mitchell’s YouTube channel: