Song of the Day #2,994: ‘Magic’ – Olivia Newton-John

olivia_newton_johnEvery so often I’ll hear an old song on the radio and fall for it in a way I never managed to the first time around. This usually happens with songs released in the late 70s through early 80s, a time when I was between 6-11 years old and not exactly in control of my own musical landscape.

Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Magic,’ from the 1980 movie Xanadu, is the most recent example. I heard it on an easy listening or oldies station (remember when “oldies” meant 50s and 60s?) and immediately succumbed to the glossy perfection of peak Newton-John.

I was certainly aware of this song all along, having heard it when it was new and off and on since then, but I’d never really taken the time to appreciate it. Suddenly I’m semi-obsessed.

Perhaps that’s partly due to nostalgia over my boyhood crush on Olivia Newton-John, the most wholesomely sexy, fresh-faced, English-by-way-of-Australia songstress in history.

But it’s also due to her beautiful voice, which suits this ethereal song just perfectly. Her performance on the verses, in particular, is just mesmerizing.

I never saw Xanadu, and given its reputation as a legendarily bad movie I’m sure that’s for the best, but I’m guessing the soundtrack deserved its status as a smash hit. How often does a box office bomb produce a Billboard blockbuster?

Interesting fact care of Wikipedia: In an interview published shortly before his death, John Lennon singled out this song as one of his favorites.

Come take my hand
You should know me
I’ve always been in your mind
You know I will be kind
I’ll be guiding you

Building your dream has to start now
There’s no other road to take
You won’t make a mistake
I’ll be guiding you

You have to believe we are magic
Nothin’ can stand in our way
You have to believe we are magic
Don’t let your aim ever stray

And if all your hopes survive
Destiny will arrive
I’ll bring all your dreams alive
For you
I’ll bring all your dreams alive
For you

From where I stand, you are home free
The planets align so rare
There’s promise in the air
And I’m guiding you

Through every turn I’ll be near you
I’ll come anytime you call
I’ll catch you when you fall
I’ll be guiding you

You have to believe we are magic
Nothin’ can stand in our way
You have to believe we are magic
Don’t let your aim ever stray

And if all your hopes survive
Destiny will arrive
I’ll bring all your dreams alive
For you
I’ll bring all your dreams alive
For you

You have to believe we are magic
Nothin’ can stand in our way
You have to believe we are magic
Don’t let your aim ever stray

And if all your hopes survive
Destiny will arrive
I’ll bring all your dreams alive
For you
I’ll bring all your dreams alive
For you

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,994: ‘Magic’ – Olivia Newton-John

  1. Dana says:

    John Lennon calling out this song as a favorite is fascinating.

    By the way, oldies migrating into the 80’s is depressing, but “classic rock” stretching into the early 2000’s is even more so.

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