One Moment In Time

Album: One Moment in Time: 1988 Summer Olympics Album (1988)
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Songfacts®:

  • This inspiring song became the theme song for NBC's coverage of the 1988 Olympics from Seoul, South Korea. The lyrics speak of reaching the pinnacle of one's life, and both the fear of falling short and the thrill that can only be explained by one who has achieved his or her dreams. >>
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  • Houston recorded this for the album One Moment in Time: 1988 Summer Olympics Album. Around this time, television coverage of the Olympics was becoming less about competition and more about the athlete's stories. The album tied in to this theme, with songs like "Reason To Try" by Eric Carmen and "Willpower" by Taylor Dayne. Future coverage of The Olympics in America got even more treachly, as viewers were subjected to endless features of athletes who overcame great odds, complete with lots of slow motion footage and lilting piano music.
  • This was written by the veteran songwriters Albert Hammond and John Bettis. Hammond also wrote "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" and had a hit as an artist with "It Never Rains In Southern California." Bettis wrote many hits for the Carpenters, including "Top Of The World."

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  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxWonderful song and IMO, her best. To me, it was Houston's "one moment in time," when she hit her musical peak.
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