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Lily Was Here

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David Stewart featuring Candy Dulfer



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This is an instrumental featuring the saxophone of Dulfer, who is the daughter of Dutch sax legend Hans Dulfer. Stewart was the half of The Eurythmics who was not Annie Lennox.
This was the theme song of a 1989 Dutch movie of the same name (Dutch title: De KassiƩre). Stewart was working on the soundtrack for the movie and recruited Dulfer to play the sax. For this song, he waited until the musicians were packing up to leave, and called them back to create the title theme for the movie without looking at the film so they could capture the feel of the film. Stewart wrote in The Dave Stewart Songbook: "I played the four-note opening melody and Candy answered on sax. I then played the whole melody sequence with Candy answering every phrase with her own little twists and turns. After a whole sequence of the melody I nodded to Candy to take the lead and she played a very memorable melodic solo of which I remember every note. One more nod and she knew to end it. I repeated the melody again with Candy answering, and we continued once around then swapped lead licks for a minute longer and that was it! We mixed the song in five to ten minutes straight after, so the whole process from conception to final mix took around fifteen minutes." (Read our interview with Dave Stewart.)
Dulfer has toured and recorded with Prince, who once said, "When I want good sax, I call Candy." She had a big role in his "Partyman" video, and landed a deal with Arista Records when this became a hit. This was featured on her first album, Saxuality, along with a remix by DNA. She has also worked with Dave Gilmour and Van Morrison.
Soon after this was released, it became a #1 hit in Holland. It was then released all over Europe, then in the United States, Australia and Japan, becoming one of the most popular modern instrumental songs of all time.
This song is used over the closing credits of the 1991 Ethan Hawke movie Mystery Date. (thanks, Sean - Swift Current, Canada)
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