An Ordinary Day (song)

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"An Ordinary Day"
Song by g.o.d
from the album An Ordinary Day
LanguageKorean
ReleasedDecember 9, 2004[1]
GenreR&B
Length3:33
LabelJYP Entertainment, Seoul Records
Composer(s)Kwon Tae-eun
Lyricist(s)Park Jin-young
Music video
An Ordinary Day

"An Ordinary Day" (Hangul보통날; RRBotongnal) is a song performed by South Korean boy band g.o.d in 2004. It was the title track and promoted song of their eponymous sixth album, the first album released by the group since Yoon Kye-sang's departure.[2]

Overview[edit]

The song describes, from a first-person viewpoint, the process of forgetting a lover while going through the mundane and ordinary routines of life.[3] The final rendition of the refrain features a duet of main vocalist Kim Tae-woo's singing parts and Danny Ahn's rapped narration. The JoongAng Ilbo described the song as "emotional" and compared its smooth harmonies to "spreading paint".[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

"An Ordinary Day" won #1 on SBS's Inkigayo, Mnet's new music program M Countdown and MBC's Music Camp (the former incarnation of Show! Music Core). It topped the Music Box Chart, one of South Korea's earliest predecessor charts which tallied downloads from online music stores.[4][5]

Year Award Category Result
2005 Golden Disc Awards Bonsang Award Won
Mnet Km Music Video Festival Best Male Group Nominated

"Original Version"[edit]

"An Ordinary Day"
Song
from the album Chapter 8
ReleasedJuly 8, 2014
Length4:39
LabelSidusHQ, CJ E&M

Having reunited as a five-piece after a nine-year hiatus, the members chose to remake the song as it was the title track of their first album released as a quartet. The song was rearranged by original composer Kwon Tae-eun to include a part for Yoon Kye-sang after Kim Tae-woo's rendition of the chorus. In the track listing, the footnote original version is affixed to the song title to reference Yoon's return to the group, making g.o.d the original five-member group once again.[6] The backing track was re-recorded and features an orchestra-based introduction and a much more prominent string section, in contrast to the simplistic groove of the original. In its review of Chapter 8, The Hankyoreh commented that the new arrangement was "lighter and more relaxed" than the original version and opined that it was perhaps the members' own subtle statement of contentment in being back together as a five-member group.[7] Kim and Ahn's individual parts during the final rendition of the refrain were separated and performed separately rather than together as a duet.

Chapter 8 was released on July 8, 2014 and this version peaked at #19 on the Gaon Digital Chart.[8] The rearranged version was first performed on July 12, the opening day of the group's 15th anniversary national tour. Since then, only this version has been performed at concerts.

In popular culture[edit]

In 2005 the song was chosen as one of the default tunes installed in LG Cyon's 340 series cellular phones.[2]

Notable cover versions[edit]

Teen Top covered the song during the special stage segment of M Countdown on January 18, 2012 as a tribute to "An Ordinary Day" winning #1 on the show seven years ago.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "6집 보통날". Naver Music. Naver. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "GOD 6집 싸이언으로 듣는다". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). January 12, 2005.
  3. ^ "god "네 남자의 다른 색깔 느껴보세요"" (in Korean). star.mt.co.kr. December 15, 2004.
  4. ^ The Gaon Music Chart was only established in 2010.
  5. ^ "god '보통날'…2주째 뮤직박스 차트 정상". The Hankyoreh (in Korean). January 15, 2005.
  6. ^ "god '보통날'이 5인조 버전으로 다시 태어난 이유". 10Asia (Korea Economic Daily) (in Korean). July 8, 2014.
  7. ^ Lee, Seung-han (July 11, 2014). "아저씨로 돌아온 god…익숙하다, 편안하다". The Hankyoreh (in Korean).
  8. ^ "2014년 29주차 Digital Chart" (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association.
  9. ^ "[엠카운트다운] 1월19일 레인보우 픽시 & 써니힐 컴백스페셜" (in Korean). Mnet. January 18, 2012.

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