The history of the hit "Save the day" from Sade!
The song "Cherish the Day", whose title translates as "Take care of the day", is the gem of the album Love Deluxe (1992) by the British band Sade. It was released as a single on both sides of the Atlantic. The composition received a warm welcome from both listeners and critics…
Sade's music is pure magic... Some people use music to prove their status as intellectuals (fans of jazz, classical and Radiohead are known for this). Some use music to validate their rebel status (early rockers, punks, glam rockers). Others seek support from one band or artist to elevate their status by being "different"... We also use music and other art forms to better understand ourselves and the world around us. We can all name songs that expressed what we felt inside but could never fully express. And when this happens while listening to a particular track, we deeply appreciate the artist who gave us this gift... And the charming Sade Adu is exactly that inner voice, those feelings that sooner or later flare up inside each of us... Today we will talk not only about compositions "Cherish the Day", but also about the Love Deluxe album itself, which became the voice of an entire era ...
About the song...
First, let's talk about the song itself. “Cherish the Day” is a very touching and heartfelt composition that can take you on a long musical journey along the waves of the soul… Sade sings:
"Only you can save me
This is my prayer.
If you were mine
If you were mine...
I wouldn't want to go to heaven!
I really treasure this day
I will not stray from the true path
I won't be afraid...
You won't catch me running!
You control how I move
You take my air
You show me how deep love can be...
It is not for nothing that the overwhelming majority of critics described this composition as “soaring ...” And indeed: the unsurpassed Adu sings about the search for love so great that nothing in this life or beyond can compete ... “Cherish the Day” is quite positive, very sincere song: Sade's melody and exciting voice envelop you, lift you above the Earth... And it is the vocals that are the central element of the song here (although the musical arrangement is no less beautiful...) Adu's lyrics say everything that is required of her. And when the ten-note bass line underscores the depth of feeling over hazy synths, the song becomes perfect and complete... The music video is done in elegant black and white: Derek M. Allen's work shows Sade singing and playing guitar on the roof of a skyscraper in New York … Very atmospheric!
We can rightly say that this particular track is one of the best moments of the album! This is a minimalistic love story, in which Sade reveals his strong vocal range to the full extent... Actually, let's move on to the album!
About the album...
Undoubtedly: Sade Adu is incredibly sensual… She is not afraid to express love with passion and emotional honesty. She has presence, beauty... She has a deep social consciousness and understanding of the world around her. And she's undeniably hot as hell! As for the Love Deluxe album, it is mostly personal: it reflects a deep sense of devotion, true love ... To understand this, let's look at the tracks in more detail!
When Sade sings "No Ordinary Love" to open the album, she expresses great devotion: a devotion that does not need to be returned. At the same time, Adu has no doubt that she will be returned:
“I gave you more than I could give: I gave you love...
I gave you everything I have inside
And you took my love: you took my love ... "
The next song, "Feel No Pain", is a powerful, touching and insightful song about the personal humiliation and social degradation caused by long-term unemployment. Sade demands that we take responsibility for helping people contribute to society by urging us to:
"Don't let them stay home and listen to the blues...
Love them! Help them!”
Sade returns to the theme of romantic commitment in "I Couldn't Love You More", expressing the sexual aspect of love honestly and directly:
"I wouldn't want to subvert or ever love another..."
Pairing such a beautiful love song with a song about a war criminal ("Like a Tattoo") is both overwhelming and captivating: we can't deny the existence of evil in our world, but we also can't deny the need to manifest the love and desire we feel inside. The genius of Love Deluxe owes a lot to this woman who refuses to turn a blind eye to reality or deny herself the pleasure of a romantic connection...
Sade is not only the name of the singer, it is also the name of the group, and what a wonderful team of professionals they represent! The arrangements combine clarity and sensuality, perfectly paired with the unique timbre of Adu's voice. The song that best demonstrates the sensitivity of the arrangements and the professionalism of the musicians is another romantic masterpiece, Kiss of Life.
Listen to the rich combination of Paul Denman on bass and Andrew Hale on piano, softened by a long slanted note from Stuart Matthewman on sax just before Sade starts the vocal. Then pay attention to the band (hard to do when Sade is on the mic!), as they support her emotional expression with subtle touches, like soft pizzicato guitar, to express her quivering joy. Most importantly, they never interfere or drown out her voice ... This is a brilliance.
"Kiss of Life" is rightfully combined with the equally sensual "Cherish the Day". The first song is about the moment of rebirth through love; the second is about the power of commitment, expressed in the desire to possess ("If you were mine, I would not want to go to heaven") and the desire to be possessed ("You control how I move" ). Sade's voice in "The Kiss of Life" has shades of delight of a girl in love. Her voice in "Cherish the Day" is that of a woman driven by passion.
"Pearls" expresses a level of empathy that is very difficult to achieve... The string arrangement that opens "Pearls" can make you cry, as does the line "She lives in a world she didn't choose" in the last verse...
"In Somalia, a woman
Scraping pearls on the side of the road
Force is stronger than nature
Supports her will.
This is how she dies.
She is dying to survive.
I don't know what it's made of.
I would like to be so brave…”
Bullet Proof Soul deals with the risks of love: the person you fall in love with is self-absorbed and views love as a game.
The value of experiencing a disappointed lover lies in reinforcing his identity: "I came in like a lamb, but I'm going to leave like a lion"...
Love Deluxe closes with the dreamy instrumental "Mermaid", allowing us to reflect on the power of music and the message that came before...