Genre: Lovely Day

This next genre article takes us back to the year 1977. It was that year that Lovely Day was first released and it appeared on the radio waves. Produced by Bill Withers (1938-2020), Lovely Day made it to the record books when Wither sang and held one note for 18 seconds towards the end of the song. That record held until 2000 when Morton Harket surpassed it by 2 seconds in the Summer Moved On (as part of the group A-ha). The song made it into the top 10 in the R&B Charts in the US as well as the overall charts in Great Britain, and was the most loved song in France at the time of its release.

Lovely Day has a setting similar to the rising sun on a new day, where everything that had happened the day before belongs to the past and it is time to move on and enjoy the new day and what is in front of us. After what we have dealt with in the past year, with 2020 being the year to forget with the Corona Virus, Donald Trump’s tirade, divisions and warfare as well as Querdenker and Qanons trying to undermine the power of authority and democracy, 2021 and beyond should be treated like a lovely day, where we can break away and embrace in the new. This was the meaning behind the original song, as you will see in the concert below:

Lovely Day was reproduced twice since its original release. The first remake was produced by the Soul System with Michelle Visage in 1992 for the soundtrack The Bodyguard starring Kevin Costner and Witney Houston. That song belonged to the early years of rap music in America but has a unique rhythm which made it a popular dance song during the early 1990s.

The second remake was in connection with the film The Secret Life of Pets 2 and was released by LunchMoney Lewis and Amine in 2019. The song was presented in the end credits of the film as the Withers version was presented at the beginning. Yet unlike the original version, the newest remake does not follow the musical patterns of the previous two, yet lyrical elements from the Withers version were integrated into this song together with the dancing rhythm from the Soul System version.

The three songs share one key element and that it symbolizes the beginning of something brand new, leaving the past behind and moving on to something different, correcting every wrong and pursuing something right. It goes beyond the rising sun, it goes beyond the plan to do something. It has to do with turning the page and just doing it. After all, life is not all games and competition, it is the pursuit of happiness and righteousness for onesself and the people around them. Something to think about as you listen to the three pieces each stemming from different eras, but all of them have the same theme, the same taste and the same rhythm.


Genre of the Week: Don’t Dream It’s Over

In connection with The Flensburg Files’ 10th anniversary special, I would like to take ourselves back to 2016. There I wrote an Genre of the Week piece on the song “Don’t Dream It’s Over. ” Originally produced by Crowded House, it was later remade by Sixpence None The Richer, going by the melody and the lyrics. The difference is how the music videos by the two groups were produced and released. Therefore, I produced a media exercise for everyone to try in class. Have a look at the link and the article on the music piece: