Gloria Estefan – One Day At A Time

When I went to the studio to make my radio show, the last 30 years, I never left home without this special MiniDisk (or later: USB stick). This was filled with tracks of less than two minutes long. Very useful when, at the end of the hour, you’re left with too little time to play an entire song – unless that song is just two minutes long.
I remember Mano Negra was on there, as well as The Pigeon Detectives, Green Day, The Presidents Of The United States Of America, Liam Lynch, Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine and of course They Might Be Giants, the uncrowned kings of the snippet song.

The new Gloria Estefan single would have fitted in nicely. Not only because of its length (effectively 1’03), but also because it’s a fun latin song (as opposed to most of the other tracks on the MD/USB, that were rock songs). One Day At A Time is the main theme of Netflix’s remake of the original show that ran from 1975-1984. The song – a re-interpretation of the original theme song, called This Is It – is so short, you’d wish Gloria had recorded a proper three minute version. But in that case it would obviously not have made my rescue MD/USB…

This is the show opener, where the song (believe it not) is edited down to only 0’50…

By the way, Gloria also recorded a version fully in Spanish: Un Día A La Vez:

Music industry watcher and journalist. Worked at a cd club, a record store chain and was editor in chief of an entertainment trade magazine. Has been in the radio business since 1987, producing and presenting shows. Was music director of several stations. Also, he developed the European Border Breakers Charts.

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