♫ One Moment In Time ♫ (Redux)

I have only played this one once before, and that was waaaaaay back in 2019, so … REDUX!


This song, sung by the late Whitney Houston was written by Albert Hammond and John Bettis for the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, South Korea.  The song was Houston’s third number one in the UK Singles Chart, and reached number five on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The song’s melody was inspired by the timeless figure of Elvis Presley, with Hammond imagining it as being sung by Presley at the opening of the Olympics. It appeared on the album 1988 Summer Olympics Album: One Moment in Time, produced in conjunction with NBC Sports’ coverage of the Seoul games and which, in addition to Whitney Houston who sang it live at the main ceremony, also featured artists such as: The Four Tops, The Bee Gees, Eric Carmen, Taylor Dayne and the film composer John Williams. The track is an anthem for believing in yourself against all odds as Houston asks for “One moment in time/when I’m racing with destiny/Then, in that one moment of time, I will feel eternity.”

One Moment in Time
Whitney Houston

Each day I live
I want to be
A day to give
The best of me
I’m only one
But not alone
My finest day
Is yet unknown

I broke my heart
Fought every gain
To taste the sweet
I face the pain
I rise and fall
Yet through it all
This much remains

I want one moment in time
When I’m more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I’m racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel
I will feel eternity

I’ve lived to be
The very best
I want it all
No time for less
I’ve laid the plans
Now lay the chance
Here in my hands

Give me one moment in time
When I’m more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I’m racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel
I will feel eternity

You’re a winner for a lifetime
If you seize that one moment in time
Make it shine

Give me one moment in time
When I’m more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I’m racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will be
I will be
I will be free
I will be
I will be free

Songwriters: Albert Hammond / John Bettis
One Moment in Time lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

♫ One Moment In Time ♫

This song, sung by the late Whitney Houston was written by Albert Hammond and John Bettis for the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, South Korea.  The song was Houston’s third number one in the UK Singles Chart, and reached number five on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The song’s melody was inspired by the timeless figure of Elvis Presley, with Hammond imagining it as being sung by Presley at the opening of the Olympics. It appeared on the album 1988 Summer Olympics Album: One Moment in Time, produced in conjunction with NBC Sports’ coverage of the Seoul games and which, in addition to Whitney Houston who sang it live at the main ceremony, also featured artists such as: The Four Tops, The Bee Gees, Eric Carmen, Taylor Dayne and the film composer John Williams. The track is an anthem for believing in yourself against all odds as Houston asks for “One moment in time/when I’m racing with destiny/Then, in that one moment of time, I will feel eternity.”

One Moment in Time
Whitney Houston

Each day I live
I want to be
A day to give
The best of me
I’m only one
But not alone
My finest day
Is yet unknown

I broke my heart
Fought every gain
To taste the sweet
I face the pain
I rise and fall
Yet through it all
This much remains

I want one moment in time
When I’m more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I’m racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel
I will feel eternity

I’ve lived to be
The very best
I want it all
No time for less
I’ve laid the plans
Now lay the chance
Here in my hands

Give me one moment in time
When I’m more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I’m racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel
I will feel eternity

You’re a winner for a lifetime
If you seize that one moment in time
Make it shine

Give me one moment in time
When I’m more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I’m racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will be
I will be
I will be free
I will be
I will be free

Songwriters: Albert Hammond / John Bettis
One Moment in Time lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

♫ Crazy For You ♫

I am not and never have been a Madonna fan.  However, she has done a few songs that I like, and Crazy for You happens to be one of them.  A few minutes ago, I was folding towels and this one just popped into my head and refused to leave.  Well, you know what I do when that happens, right?  I bring the song to you guys and plant it in your heads so that I can sleep in peace tonight!

This song, released in March 1985, was written by John Bettis and Jon Lind.  It is from the soundtrack album to the film Vision Quest, which I have neither seen nor heard of!  I am a cultural throwback, I do believe.  It earned Madonna her first Grammy Award nomination in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category in 1986. The song became Madonna’s second number-one single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and reached the top position in the charts of Australia and Canada as well. It also peaked at number two in Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, where it was released twice, once in 1985 and again in 1991.

According to SongFacts …

This was recorded for the soundtrack to the wrestling film Vision Quest, which also featured a guest appearance by Madonna herself, who played a singer at a local restaurant. After the success of this song, the film was renamed Crazy For You in some European countries to capitalize on the song’s popularity.

Crazy for You
Madonna

Swaying room as the music starts
Strangers making the most of the dark
Two by two their bodies become one

I see you through the smokey air
Can’t you feel the weight of my stare
You’re so close but still a world away
What I’m dying to say, is that

I’m crazy for you
Touch me once and you’ll know it’s true
I never wanted anyone like this
It’s all brand new
You’ll feel it in my kiss
I’m crazy for you, crazy for you

Trying hard to control my heart
I walk over to where you are
Eye to eye we need no words at all

Slowly now we begin to move
Every breath I’m deeper into you
Soon we two are standing still in time
If you read my mind, you’ll see

I’m crazy for you
Touch me once and you’ll know it’s true
I never wanted anyone like this
It’s all brand new
You’ll feel it in my kiss
You’ll feel it in my kiss
Because I’m crazy for you
Touch me once and you’ll know it’s true
I never wanted anyone like this
It’s all brand new
You’ll feel it in my kiss
I’m crazy for you
Crazy for you
Crazy for you
Crazy for you

It’s all brand new, I’m crazy for you
And you know it’s true
I’m crazy, crazy for you
It’s all brand new, I’m crazy for you
And you know it’s true
Yeah, I’m crazy for you
Crazy for you, baby

Songwriters: John Bettis / Jon Lind
Crazy for You lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group

♫ Yesterday Once More ♫

Our friend Ellen is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to music.  She frequently gently chides me “I can’t believe you didn’t play a song by ____________, for you surely knew it was the anniversary of his death/birth/execution!”  I have no idea where or how she stores all this information, but store it she does!  I keep telling her that I can barely remember my own name most days!  Long story short, Ellen reminded me a few weeks ago that March 2 is the birthdate of the late Karen Carpenter and asked if I would play this song.  As it happens, I like both Ellen and this song, so it is my pleasure.

The song was written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis.  The single version of the song peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, kept from the #1 spot by, Bad, Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce.  (Personally, I get that, for there is little that tops Bad, Bad Leroy Brown in my mind)  It is The Carpenters’ biggest-selling record worldwide and their best-selling single in the UK, peaking at number 2.  Dionne Warwick, a close friend of the Carpenters, performed the song live in Las Vegas the night before Karen Carpenter’s death in 1983.

And on that note, Happy Birthday, Karen Carpenter (she would have been sixty-nine) — we only wish you were here to celebrate it.

Yesterday Once More
Carpenters

When I was young I’d listen to the radio
Waitin’ for my favorite songs
When they played I’d sing along, it made me smile

Those were such happy times and not so long ago
How I wondered where they’d gone
But they’re back again just like a long lost friend
All the songs I loved so well

Every sha-la-la-la
Every wo-o-wo-o, still shines
Every shing-a-ling-a-ling, that they’re startin’ to sing’s, so fine

When they get to the part
Where he’s breakin’ her heart
It can really make me cry, just like before
It’s yesterday once more

Lookin’ back on how it was in years gone by
And the good times that I had
Makes today seem rather sad, so much has changed.

It was songs of love that I would sing to then
And I’d memorize each word
Those old melodies still sound so good to me
As they melt the years away

Every sha-la-la-la
Every wo-o-wo-o, still shines
Every shing-a-ling-a-ling, that they’re startin’ to sing’s so fine

All my best memories come back clearly to me
Some can even make me cry, just like before
It’s yesterday once more

Every sha-la-la-la
Every wo-o-wo-o, still shines
Every shing-a-ling-a-ling, that they’re startin’ to sing’s so fine

Every sha-la-la-la
Every wo-o-wo-o, still shines
Every shing-a-ling-a-ling

Songwriters: John Bettis / Richard Lynn Carpenter
Yesterday Once More lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group