Sia Furler Talks Writing “If You Say So” With Lea Michele
We love every song on Glee star Lea Michele's (Rachel) debut solo album, Louder. But it's safe to say that the album's most emotional song is "If You Say So," which is named for the final four words that Cory Monteith(Finn) said to Lea before he passed away in July 2013 from a drug overdose. Now, Sia Furler — who co-wrote the song with Lea — is revealing details about the writing process.
Sia tells the New York Times that she met with Lea in August 2013 over coffee, where they spoke for two hours. Lea explained to Sia that she wanted to write one personal song about Cory for the album. "Maybe it was because I have a dead boyfriend, too," Sia says about why the two clicked. "Maybe I have some shame around it." Sia's boyfriend, Dan, was killed years ago in a traffic accident.
"Maybe I’m embarrassed because I’m writing something so cheesy," Sia says about the pop songs that she writes for people. "Then, something like that experience will happen, and I’ll realize maybe I’m not as stupid as I thought — and maybe people aren’t as stupid as I think. It occurs to me that there is value to what I do."
We love that Sia and Lea were able to come up with such a powerful tune together, and we admire how strong both of them are.