Unlike the rest of us, however, the Dundalk diva makes beautiful music out of her grief. The raven-haired chanteuse talks to Barry Egan about her music and her life https: A piano dominates the conservatory. It is at this very piano that Andrea wrote all the songs on Ten Feet High, her debut solo album. One song is perhaps the touchstone of the record, executive-produced by her close friends and confidantes, Bono and Gavin Friday.
It is a personal thing at the time, obviously. Everybody has their patterns. We have to try and learn and evolve, I think. Do I think I have? I have put it in a concise way and if I have said it that way, that is all I have wanted to say. It is like a poem. It is all I have wanted to say. Maybe it is just the human condition.
Maybe we are all. Her high spirits and humour are contagious. Then, they always were. The alcohol creating a haze around us, I vaguely recall swinging her around the dance floor and kicking her in the arse to the music. It was reciprocated — as Gugs and Bono refused to go gently into that good night beside us. It was a grand performance by one of our national treasures. Andrea Jane Corr was seven years of age when she gave her first public performance: Naturally, she got the part of the princess.
In rehearsal, Andrea's teacher, Elizabeth O'Donoghue, took her aside because the little girl who would one day be one of the biggest stars in global pop was scared. She remembers the first time she ever heard singing. It was also the first time her mother Jean sang on stage. She was pregnant with the baby that would be born on May 17, Religious in her own way, Andrea believes her mother is guarding her and looking after her, all these years after her death. The journey up to Co Louth should be an eventful one as she drives her Mercedes SLK fast, with the music blaring out the windows.
Her car has a device where the music decreases in volume when you slow down at the lights. As for when, or if, we will hear something new by the Corrs, she says her sisters Sharon and Caroline just needed to take time out to raise their babies.
Indeed on Anybody There she sings: Please God, I will do in my life. I have my own path. I would not step into marriage lightly. I am not married by my own choice, not because no one wanted to marry me.
There is a song on the album about marriage, funnily enough, called I Do. And their breath on your neck. Andrea is not one for half measures. And it is not him doing it. It is almost sadder when a relationship ends when there is no blame. It ran its course. I am so lucky with them. As I wrote the songs I would play them to Gavin and Bono and they were so supportive. You could make a great record.
They are two people that I massively respect and, obviously, great friends to support and encourage me in that way. I want to do right by them. On the surface she has got everything: In reality, she is desperately alone, half drunk in the afternoon and her husband is having an affair. It is a fictional character, obviously, but I take excerpts of certain things I see in celebrity magazines.
Like a lot of relationships can become partnerships, and that can be as good as anything. I do believe in love and I do believe in fidelity and I hope that I achieve that some day if I do get married. It is not my dream, but I certainly am not going to judge people dealing with that.
We are doing nothing wrong. Pardon the wave of nausea you are feeling, but we are great friends and each of us just wants to see the others happy. What is anybody like? My perception of him is private. What did I think when I first met him? He hung out with Jim. He is a lot of things. Do you think he could be The One?