In 1990 I watched a television program that was a tribute to Greg LeMond winning the Tour de France (I can’t remember at what point it was in the year, so I’m not sure if it was regarding his 1989 win or the 1990 win). After interviewing Greg and other athletes, the program ended with a series of highlights from the Tour de France with a song playing.
When I heard the song the chorus stuck in my head right away. I had no idea who sang it or what it was called. As the years passed the melody of the chorus did not fade. The only lyrics that stuck with me were “. . . higher and higher.” Not much to work with.
Over time I began to wonder if the song even existed. I suspected Bryan Adams might be the artist, based upon songs that sounded similar to my memory. I thought maybe I had invented the melody that was so familiar yet so far away.
Tonight I watched part of the History Channel WWII in HD series. During a commercial break I engaged in some channel surfing, landing on VH1 during a program of one hit wonders from the 1980s. And I heard my mystery song.
John Parr, St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion). When John Parr busted into the chorus and I heard that melody in real life for the first time in 19 years I was amazed at how accurate my mental recollection of it was. I’m very happy to have identified this song. I estimate I spent roughly 10 hours actively trying to identify it in the past (Googling lyrics, searching Bryan Adams songs, looking up Greg LeMond highlights, etc), not to mention countless hours on nights with insomnia trying to remember lyrics or some other identifying aspect of it. Ah, sweet resolution.