One Summer Day

Posted on 04/01/2020

Both of these songs are new – recorded in January/February this year.

‘One Summer Day’ just sprang out of my old Martin guitar late one evening, when the world was quiet. It’s a deeply personal and emotional song for me, written in a conversational style about the unexpected events of one day in summer.

I had been playing the guitar riff for a while just for fun, without realising it could actually be a song. In the end I wrote it in a rush late one night”.

A couple of weeks later, when Alberto and I were recording it, we had packed up to leave the studio after midnight  – it had been a long day and Alberto was taking me back to the room where I stay in the town – we had planned to record my vocal the next morning.

I suddenly stopped in the doorway and said to Alberto “can I do it now?” He didn’t even blink, he just said “of course Jus”. So we went back in, Alberto quickly set up the vocal mic and we did a couple of takes. We both slept well that night.

When I arrived at the studio the next morning I saw Alberto in the control room listening to it. I didn’t go in, but waited until the music stopped. When I opened the control room door Alberto was silent – I said “What does it sound like?”. He said “I really love it – I really love it”. I’m so glad we went back that night”.

Justin Hayward