Lea [Michele]’s Rachel was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play. Finn was going to have become a teacher, settled down happily in Ohio, at peace with his choice and no longer feeling like a Lima loser. The very last line of dialogue was to be this: Rachel comes back to Ohio, fulfilled and yet not, and walks into Finn’s glee club. “What are you doing here?” he would ask. “I’m home,” she would reply. Fade out. The end.
I poured myself the biggest glass of red wine, I put Fleetwood Mac on my vinyl, I lit candles, and I legit started praying and looking for a sign. I have this incredible book that Stevie Nicks gave me in 2013 when my boyfriend [Glee co-star Cory Monteith] died. She gave me this art book of hers that she put notes in over the years and song lyrics, and then she rewrote personal notes for me that say things like, “Keep singing, and have faith.” I was looking through this book and praying that there was an answer in it, somewhere. And there was something in there that said, “The only thing that matters is you, and who you are.” That’s what I’ve been trying to do with this whole record – just connect to me and where I’m from. [The message led Michele to frantically call her best friend, fellow Broadway star Jonathan Groff.] I was like, “What’s something from our time in New York — a word, or a phrase, or something that is from theater, or from us?” And he said, “What about ‘Places?’” When you’re on Broadway, you get your 30-minute call, then your 15-minute call. You hear “Places everyone!” And that means it’s showtime.
[Make You Feel My Love] was the first song that I was asked to pick what I wanted to sing. Initially, a lot of sad songs came to mind, and then instead of thinking about a sad song I thought, ‘Why don’t I think about a beautiful song, a song that makes me think of a beautiful time.’ That’s what I did, and I thought about this song, and I thought about that I still listen to it all the time. It made me so happy, and I love this song. I still listen to it despite what moment it was in Glee. It’s very special to me, and it brings up a lot of different emotions, but mostly positive, and mostly beautiful. That’s what I’m trying to hold on to when I sing it.