“Living in a Moment“
Written by Pat Bunch and Doug Johnson
#1 (1 week)
October 5, 1996
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
September 20, 1996
A decent ballad that never gets out of first gear.
The Road to No. 1
After launching his career with the No. 1 title track from his debut album, What Mattered Most, Herndon went top ten with “I Want My Goodbye Back” and top thirty with “Heart Half Empty,” a duet with Stephanie Bentley. He returned to the top with the lead single and title track from his sophomore album.
The No. 1
“Living in a Moment” is a beautifully written song with a heartwarming sentiment about loving someone so much, you’d die for them.
The backing track lacks such urgency, as if he wouldn’t die for her so much as take her to dinner if she’s willing to go dutch and skip dessert.
Herndon is a fantastic singer, as was clearly demonstrated on his breakthrough hit, “What Mattered Most.” But even he can’t do much with this arrangement, which is so flat that even the transitions from the verses to the chorus are indistinguishable.
Just like with so many other No. 1 hits from this year, the goal seems to be, “Don’t change the radio station,” not “Commit to this talented artist.”
The Road From No. 1
Living in a Moment did better at radio overall than his debut album, and it repeated that set’s gold sales. In addition to the top five hit “Loved Too Much,” it featured the top twenty hit “I Have to Surrender” and the top thirty hit “She Wants to Be Wanted Again.” His third album, Big Hopes, launched with the top five hit, “A Man Holdin’ On (to a Woman Lettin’ Go),” followed by his third and final No. 1 single to date. We’ll cover that when we get to the end of 1998.
“Living in a Moment” gets a B-.
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