Singled Out: Louise Latham
I wrote Saint in a moment of high emotion. I was in love with someone of a different faith and for all my attempts to understand and accept his beliefs, it was still not enough for him to embrace our love fully. Saint is a song about a moment of realization where the love that you have given is not enough to bridge a division of identities. The song I think has a universal theme, we are none of us perfect, and whatever we strive for within our relationships with others and ourselves we seem to have to accept the fact that identity is a strong force equal to that of love.
On my debut album Reclaimed, Saint is the opening track and has a haunting cello line, which accompanies the piano, to introduce the song. I recorded the song in the south of Holland with a series of wonderful session musicians and my sister Suzanne Latham on vocal harmonies. My sister's soulful harmonies give the song a tenderness and melancholia. A friend of mine once described the song as being similar to Fado, the portugese music genre, because of the characteristic sentiment of resignation and a feeling of loss. The production on the album really reflects the emotions I felt writing the song beautifully.
I hope Saint resonates with people. I think most people can relate to the feeling of having given everything, to then finally understand that there is a time when we have to protect ourselves as we are only human, with our limits and 'not a Saint'. Although this is true, the song is also a celebration of the love that has been given.