“Sometimes life just slips in through a back door and carves out a person and makes you believe it’s all true….”
There are certain songs that feel like the songwriter is in my head, pulling out my thoughts and putting them to music. This is exactly how I felt when I first heard “She Used to Be Mine” by Sara Bareilles. When I found out Bareilles and Jessie Mueller, starring in Broadway’s Waitress, would be teaming up for a Tony Awards performance, I just about lost my mind.
In 2013, an all female team was came together to turn the quirky indie film hit, Waitress, starring Kerri Russell and written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, into a musical sensation. Sara Bareilles wrote the lyrics and music that helped shape the musical into a Broadway success. Although the songs are outstanding, it’s the musical’s most popular ballad that wrecks me every time I hear it.
“She Used to Be Mine” was initially released by Bareilles on her album, What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress and has been heralded as both powerful and poignant. Sara’s version is hauntingly beautiful but the song is even more compelling when Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) sings in character on stage.
Watch below as Sara Bareilles and Jessie Mueller perform a duet version of ‘”She Used to Be Mine” at the Tony Awards earlier this month:
Still haven’t had enough? Watch Sara Bareilles’s official video: