“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...”
Since the Olympics are returning to Korea quite soon, I thought that this would be an appropriate throwback. This Emmy-Award winning song was written specifically for the 1988 Olympics and Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea, and their respective soundtracks. The song was actually written, by Albert Hammond and John Bettis, who imagined Elvis singing the song. One of the greatest motivational songs, and sports montage songs of all time, the video features a montage of past Olympics through the years, and it ends with the image of the Seoul cauldron aflame.
It should be noted, that this song grows more poignant, when you consider how much the lyrics relates to Whitney Houston’s life, selling the fuck out of these vocals. Starting off slow, and gentle, the first lyrics talk of wanting to be the best, and facing the unknown, and the pain to reach the top. The first two choruses comes and goes and ends with “I will feel eternity.” How sadly true that was to be many years later. She makes you feel like you can truly get there, and at that one moment, you will step up, and you will win. And then she crescendos, singing with power, for the final chorus, soaring above the music.
And it ends with the lyrics, a tour de force vocal performance of a lifetime, more heartbreaking now that she’s gone: