From Jim Sonefeld's 2015 EP entitled Love, his third since his band Hootie & the Blowfish entered a period of dormancy from touring and writing together, the song captures his thoughts about the need for a daily surrender to God. Produced with fellow South Carolinian Matt Houston (The Advice), this soaring guitar anthem points praise and thanks toward a higher power and the need for specific daily guidance. An accompanying music video was released in 2020.
"As my journey into cleaner living continued I sought to be spiritually nourished on a more daily basis," says Sonefeld. "Thinking that a church message on Sunday morning would be enough to sustain me for the rest of the week was shortsighted, and also put a lot of unnecessary pressure on the preacher to deliver a strong message."
He adds: "I had to ask myself the question, 'What am I doing with the other 167 hours of my week'? This song became the answer to that question."
So what did Sonefeld do outside of Sunday to find spiritual nourishment? He started listening to more podcasts and sermons during the week, particularly from North Point Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and also spent more time connecting directly with others locally who were seeking similar nourishment.
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."