Shelton had this ballad in his back pocket for a few years before finally recording it for his Red River Blue album. He explained to The Boot: "We were pitched the song a couple albums ago, but the only reason I haven't cut it is a fear of whether I could perform that vocal or not. It's a hard song to sing. Once we got in there and cut it, I realized I can be comfortable with this."
Martina McBride provides harmonies on the track. Shelton recalled to The Boot how he originally chickened out of asking the country star directly. "I sent John [McBride] and Martina's daughter, Delaney, a text that said, 'Do you think your mom would sing on my record with me?'" he remembered. "She said, 'Too bad you don't have the nerve to ask her yourself!' She pop-smarted something off to me!"
So Blake asked Martina personally and she obliged. "The record would not be half the record it is without her voice on it," he said.
"St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" was not written for the movie, but for Rick Hanson, a wheelchair athlete whose 1985 "Man In Motion" tour logged 24,856 miles on his wheelchair in 34 countries while raising $26 million for spinal cord research.
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."
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