The single was produced by Fred again.., Stuart Price and Jamie xx.
After the recent success of her single ‘Strong‘ – a collaboration with Fred again… – Romy returns with her new single ‘Enjoy Your Life‘. The single features the voice of Beverly Glenn-Copeland and is produced by Fred again.., Stuart Price and Jamie xx.
“Enjoy Your Life” was inspired by a special night when pop icon Robyn took Romy to see American-Canadian singer and songwriter Beverly Glenn-Copeland perform in Stockholm. Although the entire performance blew her away, one line from one song Romy stuck with her: “My mother says to me ‘enjoy your life‘” from Glenn-Copeland’s “La Vita“. It’s a line that was particularly poignant for Romy, whose own mother died when she was only eleven.
“When I heard the line, “My mother says to me enjoy your life” by Beverly Glenn-Copeland, I was speechless. Those few words felt like the most simple and disarming sentence. Ever since I was 11, I’ve been aware of and drawn to the phrase, life is short. I’ve felt inspired by people who I’ve seen react to this by trying to see the positives in life, even when things are going wrong and times are hard. As much as I’d love to naturally be one of those people, I’m not always able to do this myself and often get in my own head and my own way, so sometimes a reminder goes a long way.
Glenn’s lyrics were a direct connection to what had been a very quiet private thought. It resonated especially deeply as it is because of my mum passing away when I was 11, that this perspective on living life was even a part of me. I hope this song celebrates and shares the words that Glenn said so beautifully and my reaction to it and hopefully uplifts a dance floor along the way. I hope you know I would never want to tell anyone how to feel or to pretend to feel good when they don’t, I know how that feels. I want to thank Glenn with all of my heart for allowing me to sample this song. Please go and listen to the original song ‘La Vita’ from his album Primal Prayer.
The song also contains a sample from Oby Onyioha’s incredible song “Enjoy your life”, which Jamie brought into the mix. All my love and thanks to an amazing team Fred, Jamie and Stuart Price for all of your brilliant ideas and for sticking with me on the journey of this song.
The lyrics, which were both personal motivation and musical inspiration, sparked the creation of “Enjoy Your Life”. Copeland gave his blessing for the sample of “La Vita”. What emerged was a deeply personal song with universal appeal, a reminder that life is short and the latest example of what Romy calls “emotional music to dance to“.
The single is accompanied by a video directed by Romy’s wife, the filmmaker and photographer Vic Lentaigne, featuring intimate fly-on-the-wall moments with Romy alongside footage of Romy’s mother.
On Friday 30 June Romy will play at Down The Rabbit Hole festival, The Netherlands.
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