Most breakup songs are sad songs…and let face it, we’ve written about plenty of sad breakup songs around here over the years...
But breakups aren’t always bad news. Sometimes at least one partner decides this is just the universe telling them it’s time to move on and enjoy their life at last.
That more positive perspective on the whole breakup scenario is what Michael Bublé tells us about in “It’s A Beautiful Day” …
Michael Bublé has been away from the limelight for a few years due to one of his children having a serious medical condition, so it’s been great to hear things are a bit better at home and to see Michael back with some new material.
I’m a long-term fan of the big band era and, although I know some purists have a different view, I really like the way Michael Bublé has taken the original “big band sound” popularised by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and others, but updated it for our more modern ears.
There’s a great art to making a big band really swing. Nelson Riddle did it…Quincy Jones did it…Billy May did it…but not many others could make an orchestra swing like they did.
At least until Michael Bublé’s “To Be Loved” album, from which “It’s A Beautiful Day” is taken, came along…
Michael Bublé, along with producer Bob Rock and composer/arranger Alan Chang really pulled all the stops out. “It’s A Beautiful Day” is a song you could easily imagine a member of the Rat Pack crooning at a nightclub somewhere in Vegas in the mid-1960s.
However “It’s A Beautiful Day” wasn’t written in the 1960s. It was written by Michael Bublé, Alan Chang and Amy S. Foster in 2013.
It feels almost sacrilegious to call a breakup song “joyful”, but that’s what “It’s A Beautiful Day” is.
The story starts with Michael Bublé coming home to find his girlfriend in the arms of someone else. He starts off being a bit irritated, as anyone would, but quickly realises he’s better off without her.
Michael Bublé’s metaphor of choice for telling this story? One of the most over-the-top videos I’ve seen in a long time…
But the dancing girls, Chinese dragons and circus performers (yes, really…) are some way off as the song begins…
I don’t know why
You think that you could hold me
When you can’t get by by yourself
And I don’t know who
Would ever want to tear the seam of someone’s dream
I guess if you came home and found your beloved in the arms of their yoga instructor you might think something very similar.
But Michael Bublé snaps out of it soon enough…in fact in about as much time as it takes him to leave the house he shared with his now ex-girlfriend.
He quickly sets out to explore everything life has to offer now that he’s…literally and metaphorically…closed the door on the most recent chapter in his life.
In no time, his mindset shifts. After…very quickly…getting over his initial disappointment, Michael Bublé soon realises he’s in a better place than he was before…
It’s a beautiful day and I can’t stop myself from smiling
If I’m drinking, then I’m buying
And I know there’s no denying
It’s a beautiful day, the sun is up, the music’s playing
And even if it started raining
You won’t hear this boy complaining
’Cause I’m glad that you’re the one that got away
It’s a beautiful day
Yes, I know…he’s taking it very well, really, isn’t he?
When life throws you a curve ball…such as coming home and finding your girlfriend in the arms of someone else…it’s hard to remain level-headed about that experience.
But maybe we’d all be better off adopting Michael Bublé’s more positive outlook when life deals us cards from the bottom of the deck.
My grandmother used to say that God didn’t close one door without opening another one.
If we spent less time worrying about what we were losing, and more time trying to work out what opportunity had now opened up for us instead, the world might just become a slightly better place.
Of course, Michael is ahead of us here…he’s definitely absorbed every ounce of positive vibes he can find around him (and let’s face it, if you can’t find some positive vibes when you’re surrounded by dancing girls, Chinese dragons and circus performers, they you’ve got much deeper problems than Michael Bublé is ever going to sort out in a three-minute pop song)…
’Cause if you ever think I’ll take up
My time with thinking of our break up
Then you’ve got another thing coming your way
’Cause it’s a beautiful day
Oh, baby, any day that you’re gone away
It’s a beautiful day
I really love the way the orchestra builds in “It’s A Beautiful Day”. It’s very quiet at first, but picks up the pace as the song develops and by about halfway through they’re going at full pelt.
It’s a joyous thing to behold…the spirits of Nelson Riddle, Quincy Jones and Billy May were definitely alive and well in the recording studio that day. (Technically Quincy Jones’s spirit wasn’t anywhere apart from in his own body that day, as he’s very much still alive and well, but you know what I mean…)
Here’s the great Michael Bublé with one of my top tunes for when my mood needs a bit of a lift… “It’s A Beautiful Day”…
The video is below but, if you prefer, you can enjoy the song on Spotify here… https://open.spotify.com/track/0mvkwaZMP2gAy2ApQLtZRv
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