Hayley Kiyoko Shares An Emotional Tribute
“somewhere between the sand and the stardust” was Hayley Kiyoko’s way of grieving. Recently, the singer shared that she experienced the loss of a close friend and turned to music to process her many emotions. The song is a personal and emotional tribute, and it goes out to anyone struggling with their mental health and the loved ones who see them through it.
I wrote “somewhere between the sand and the stardust” to remind those dealing with a loved one taking their own life that they are not alone – that all the complicated emotions they’re feeling are valid. For me, it was a lot of anger, confusion, and [“what-ifs”] in that process. We must continue to care for those struggling with mental health issues as well as the people they rely on for support. This song is a tribute to loving the people who choose to stay and embracing and finding peace with the memory of those who don’t.
– Hayley Kiyoko
Kiyoko’s music is as bold as her character, but this release was different. Everything begins in a synthetic but very soft way. It’s in these first few moments that listeners might think of someone who’s been on their minds often. The sound is otherworldly as Kiyoko sings of the stars, galaxies and brightest colors.
You have found peace now
The silent stillness tears me apart
I dream in color
But I wake up and the memory rushes back, you come rushing back
– “somewhere between the sand and the stardust”
The lyricism balances the pain of loss and the peace of moving. Nuanced storytelling and influential messages have always been the artist’s strength, and it is shown so effortlessly in “somewhere between the sand and the stardust.”
Hayley Kiyoko just finished The PANORAMA Tour, starting in Europe and through North America— her last concert was at the beginning of June. Kiyoko showed her solidarity for the LGBTQ community, performing at “Can’t Cancel Pride”, Capital Pride and SF Pride. Check out the rest of her discography on Spotify and stay updated on Instagram.