Now I Still Smile In The Morning #RomanticTuesday

Today’s Morning Groove and #RomanticTuesday song has been recorded twice by the same singer in two different versions, eight years apart. Written by Jermaine Dupri and Bryan Michael Cox (also credited to Johnta Austin), today’s song is “Still” by Tamia.

Tamia was first introduced to R&B listeners back in 1996, when she performed “You Put A Move On My Heart,” a single from Quincy Jones’ all-star project Q’s Jook Joint. Reportedly discovered by Jones, Tamia Washington was a young singer from Canada looking for a break in the industry—and it couldn’t come much better than singing a song written by Rod Temperton (Michael Jackson, among many others) on a Quincy Jones project. That led to her solo debut a few years later, which contained two top twenty hits. During the time before today’s song was released, she also made a duet with Eric Benét (“Spend My Life With You”), that went to #1 on the R&B listings, and just missed out on the Pop top 20.

Today’s song didn’t quite hit that mark, peaking at #83 R&B in 2004. But the story the song tells, of a couple that has been together for a long time, feeling as if it’s like the first time they met after all the years and children and things couples go through, is as romantic a song as I could pull for today’s hashtag. She can speak to this, as she has been married to her husband, former NBA player Grant Hill, since 1999 with two young daughters.

The first version of the song is in a modern R&B style, while the second version tilts toward a more country type of sound. Tamia sounds great in either vein. To me she is one among many singers around today that doesn’t get the shine she deserves.

The original recipe version:

Followed by the newer, country-ish version:

I honestly can’t pick a winner—a good song is a good song. This is a good song, sung by a fabulous singer. Choose your #RomanticTuesday winner and let me know about it in the comments. And as always, thanks for reading and listening.

And for kicks, here are the lyrics:

Usually when two people are together
For a long time things seem to change
It’s been said that nothing good lasts forever
But this love is better every day

We get all excited inside,
Every time that we get along
He still got love in his eyes,
And I still got love in my soul

Still, feels like the first time we met
That I kissed and I told you I love you
We still run around like teenagers
Even though we are grown and married with kids(and we still)

We still, talk on the phone for hours when I’m away,
He still writes letters and sends me flowers every other day(every other day),
The question everybody asks, is how we make it last,
I tell them I still, he still, we still

Now I still smile in the morning,
When I realize I’m still in his arms
We know everything about each other,
But we still keep holding on yeah

We never gonna break up, we’ll be always there to make up
As long as we stick together we’ll climb higher
I’m gonna ride with him to the wire,
Our love is never gonna end,
We’re on fire

Still, feels like the first time we met
That I kissed and I told you I love you
We still run around like teenagers
Even though we are grown and married with kids

We still, talk on the phone for hours when I’m away,
He still writes letters and sends me flowers every other day,
The question everybody asks, is how we make it last,
I tell them I still, he still, we still

We go through problems just like everybody else,
But I really don’t mind(I don’t mind), ’cause it makes us keep it fresh,
Now what’s sadder than an argument, is the thought we may have never been
He is my lover, my baby’s father, my lifetime partner and my friend

Still the man of my dreams,
And still the man for me,
And I’m still in love with him, so (deep)deeply,
I think I’ll sing it again now,

He’s the man of my dreams,
And still the man for me,
And I’m still in love with him, deep deeply

Still, feels like the first time we met
That I kissed and I told you I love you
We still run around like teenagers
Even though we are grown and married with kids
We still, talk on the phone for hours when I’m away,
He still writes letters and sends me flowers every other day,
The question everybody asks, is how we make it last,
I tell them I still, he still, we still [Repeat: x2]

13 Replies to “Now I Still Smile In The Morning #RomanticTuesday”

    1. Other than maybe she wanted to try to do it a different way, I don’t really know. The original version is really good. I do like the remake, it’s good also, but in a different kind of way.

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      1. I heard Quincy Jones in an interview say that “You put…” is NOT an easy song to sing. Even really good singers cannot do that one justice. He explained why from a music composition perspective; I’m just not musical inclined enough to remember the specifics.

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      2. Well, if there is anyone who could explain a song from a musical composition perspective, it’s Q. There aren’t too many people who have the ability to work in so many different genres and be successful in all of them.

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    1. Thanks, Kim! I like it too…but I also liked the style before this, and the style before that, and the style before that…I guess what I’m saying is I get bored with the look of the blog very easily. But I truly believe that this one will stick. I really like how this one looks. I may play with it a little more, but the basic template is just right.

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  1. Hey T, you know have racks and racks of CDs but hardly ever listen to them these days – most of my Music being on an IPOD. So you won’t believe me when I say that I chose the Tamia (More) CD randomly to listen to on Monday. I had to come here and tell you. My favorite here would definitely be the first version. As for “Move on my heart”, I like Mica Paris’s version equally😀

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    1. Much like you I don’t listen to my CDs either. Would that be serendipity of a sort, that you picked that particular CD to play?

      I’m definitely more familiar with the first version of the song, but I do like the remake.

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      1. Hey Serendipity anytime Tracy😀 The thing is I select only my favorites for my IPOD so there are some songs I might never listen to so occasionally, I take out the CDs. So yes, it was serendipitous that I chose that one. I also love “Tomorrow” on that CD.

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