Song of the Day #1,109: ‘Sunday Morning’ – Maroon 5

My next batch of posts won’t be as timely as they would have been a few weeks back, but I’ve wanted to do a series of posts related to the NBC show The Voice, so better late than never. This week I’ll feature songs by each of the four coaches and next week I’ll highlight music by the contestants.

The Voice is the first of the millennium’s many talent-based reality shows that I’ve watched, and the reason it appealed to me more than the American Idols and America’s Got Talents of the world is its use of coaches as opposed to judges.

Each of the four celebrities on this show — Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton — assembled a team of singers and narrowed them down until each had a representative in the final four. Viewer votes mattered toward the end of the show but primarily the decisions about who stayed and who left were up to the coaches.

Because each of the coaches grew attached to all of his or her singers, that made for some great, often emotional TV. We watched the talent show equivalent of a parent having to pick a favorite child week after week. And the bonds forming between the contestants and their mentors felt genuine and lasting.

Participating on this show was a brilliant decision for each of the coaches. Blake Shelton, in particular, has no doubt won the hearts of women (and men) all over the country who knew nothing about him three months ago.

Adam Levine was a big surprise for me. I know him only through his music videos, which usually feature him rolling around in bed with a naked model. I never would have guessed he is as down-to-earth and charming as he was on this show. I recently pulled Maroon 5’s debut album, Songs About Jane, off the shelf and gave it a listen for the first time in years, solely because I like the guy now.

And as I rediscovered, his music is awfully damn good, too.

Sunday morning rain is falling
Steal some covers share some skin
Clouds are shrouding us in moments unforgettable
You twist to fit the mold that I am in
But things just get so crazy living life gets hard to do
And I would gladly hit the road get up and go if I knew
That someday it would bring me back to you
That someday it would bring me back to you

That may be all I need
In darkness she is all I see
Come and rest your bones with me
Driving slow on sunday morning
And I never want to leave

Fingers trace your every outline
Paint a picture with my hands
Back and forth we sway like branches in a storm
Change the weather still together when it ends

That may be all I need
In darkness she is all I see
Come and rest your bones with me
Driving slow on sunday morning
And I never want to leave

But things just get so crazy living life gets hard to do
Sunday morning rain is falling and Iโ€™m calling out to you
Singing someday itโ€™ll bring me back to you
Find a way to bring myself home to you

And you may not know
That may be all I need
In darkness she is all I see
Come and rest your bones with me
Driving slow?

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,109: ‘Sunday Morning’ – Maroon 5

  1. Dana says:

    Well, this should make for a fun two weeks!

    I agree that The Voice added a nice twist to the singing competition reality TV genre. The whole “not seeing the performer thing and turning around to select them” was very interesting. I wasn’t crazy about what came after, with the pairing of singers from the same team competing against each other in duets and then having to be judged by their own mentors. I think it might have been better to mix singers from different teams in those duets and then have the non-participating judges decide who stayed (though I suppose a cynic would argue that allowing another judge to decide could result in some kind of sabotage by leaving the less challenging contestant). After those duets, though, I felt the show started clicking again and, as you said, the affection each judge developed (particulary Blake) for their singer was very compelling.

    And I also agree that it was wonderful to get to know (or better know) these judges. Christina Aguilera didn’t fare so well in my estimation (although it was amusing to see how much cleavage she would expose from week to week). The others though, particularly Blake and Adam, came across as warm, witty and charming. As Amy said (repeatedly) on our recent road trip whenever Maroon 5 came on, it’s hard to listen to Adam now without feeling as though you are listening to a friend.

    I have generally liked most of what I have heard of Maroon 5. They live in that musical sweet spot, much like Dave Matthews Band, between rock, pop and jazz. That blending of styles almost always works for me. Today’s song, with its jazz chords and funky bridge, shows off that blending of styles quite well.

  2. pegclifton says:

    This song sounds so familiar to me; either it reminds me of another song or I’ve heard it somewhere. I like it a lot even though the one and only episode of the “Voice” left me pretty cold ๐Ÿ™‚ I did enjoy the company around me while it was on though.

  3. Amy says:

    I love this song, as I do most songs I’ve heard by my pal Adam’s group Maroon 5. And I’m looking forward to two weeks featuring some great and entertaining songs.

    As for your appreciation for The Voice… I agree that the competition between the judges/mentors added an intriguing element to the overall show. Having contestants, who, at that point aren’t even familiar to fans of the show, get to stand back in judgement as they decide which mentor will get the honor of their presence on a particular team was also an ingenious twist; it created an immediate humility (real or manufactured) in each of these superstars, as they tried to make the case for why the contestant would be better off on this team rather than that one.

    That said, I’m a pretty big believer that reality talent shows – almost all of them – work if you let yourself give them a chance. As a devoted viewer of American Idol (which I avoided religiously for the first five seasons), Design Star, The Glee Project, and The Voice, I can say that each of these shows has its own inidividual charms and elements that make it special. For instance, while Idol uses judges rather than coaches, each week a guest mentor works with the remaining contestants. Over the past seasons, Usher, Jaime Foxx, Quentin Tarantino, and Dolly Parton were among my favorites, with Usher causing me to fall in love in the course of a single episode (while I needed at least a couple before Adam, CeeLo and Blake could claim my heart) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    So… let’s hear it for The Voice, but don’t be so quick to assume you wouldn’t be just as captivated by any of the other talent based reality shows if you just gave them half a chance!

  4. Clay says:

    Oh, I have no doubt that I’d get into any of these shows that I spent the time to watch. They all have a blend of entertainment and competition that proves irresistible.

    The coaching aspect is the reason I decided to give this one a try, but I don’t think it’s an essential element in order for me to get hooked.

    One of the reasons I’ve never succumbed to American Idol is that the time commitment involved is more than I’m willing to accept. The Voice was over pretty quickly and was nestled in the early summer, making it easy to digest.

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