You know when yesterday was Manic Monday for me and at the end of my post I wished it would be an easy Tuesday?? Well, guess what? My wish was apparently granted! (Although I had a rough ride to work thinking I was going to be late, I actually made it just in time to clock in at 7am “impunto”. So naturally, that kicked off my better-than-Monday Tuesday..)
Today seems like a relaxed and cool day so I thought the best song to accompany it is the song “Easy” or most commonly known (to me at least) as Easy Like Sunday Morning.
The remake is more popular and I like it better too but still worth it to listen to the original version before moving on to the remake. 😉
Here you go! My theme song for my Tuesday that is easy like Sunday Morning.
“Easy” is a 1977 hit single by Commodores for the Motown label, from their fifth studio album, Commodores.
Written by Commodores lead singer Lionel Richie, the song, a slow ballad with country and western roots, expresses a man’s feelings as he ends a relationship. Rather than being depressed about the break-up, he states that he is instead “easy like Sunday morning” – something which Richie described as evocative of “small Southern towns that die at 11:30pm”, such as his own Tuskegee, Alabama.
Richie wrote “Easy” with the intention of it becoming another crossover hit for the group, given the success of a previous single, “Just to Be Close to You”, which spent 2 weeks at #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts in 1976.
Released in March 1977, “Easy” reached #1 on the Billboard R&B chart, and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The success of “Easy” paved the way for similar Richie-composed hit ballads such as “Three Times a Lady” and “Still” and also for Richie’s later solo hits.
The song is noted for a feedback noise, with an echo, that is heard in the Bridge of the song. Also, an electric guitar solo dominates the instrumental portion of the song. In addition, the other Commodores are heard singing wordless harmonies during the Chorus of the song.
The edited version receives the most airplay. The longer version from the album features the chorus being repeated more times, a semitone up, from A-flat major to A major, a few times before it fades out.
The song appears on the game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol.
(And now for the fun part…)
“Easy” by Lionel Ritchie
Faith No More Cover
Faith No More recorded a cover of “Easy” originally as a b-side during the studio sessions for Angel Dust, following its repeated performance during live shows, but was released as the final single to the album in late 1992 – early 1993. The song was originally played to replace their cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”, so the band would break from the typical rock band mould.
It was their highest-charting UK hit, reaching #3, their second Number One single on the Australian charts and their final charting single in the American chart Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #58. It was originally issued on December 29, 1992, on the double A-side single with “Be Aggressive”, listed as “I’m Easy”, in Europe and over three months later in America on the Songs to Make Love To EP, it was later included on the European version of their album Angel Dust. Other appearances include a 2006 commercial for Levi’s Jeans and as the theme tune for the TV programme Goals On Sunday. The biggest difference from the original is that Faith No More left out the second verse.
(And here is the more fun part…)
“Easy” by Faith No More (cover)
Take it easy you guys…it’s still a long way to go before Friday!! Hehe.. 😉
P.S. Listening to Christmas songs thru http://www.live365.com/genres/seasonal/holiday?mode=3. Maybe you’d like to join in to catch the early Christmas spirit too!!!
Nmed Tuesday 09/02/2014 @8:21am