If you’ve seen the Chase Manhattan Bank Visa Mastercard commercial, with the piano playing, and the man going through various stages of life (graduation, marriage, children), maybe you’ve wondered “who sings that song” or “what song is that?” Lyrics such as “I’m 15 for a moment”… Or maybe the one with the little girl growing up and ending on her Wedding Day?
Well, I have the answers for you!
***Updated with new “Suprise Birthday” commercial – see below***
The song used with the man going through life’s various stages is by Five for Fighting called 100 Years and can be found on their album “The Battle For Everything.” You might recall that voice from the previous hit “Superman (It’s Not Easy).“
The other commercial features a little girl growing up and getting married while her Dad watches and remembers all that has gone before. The song is “Wind Beneath My Wings” made popular by Bette Midler. However, it is not performed by Bette. According to AdTunes’ forum, it is a vocalist named Elizabeth Shea. As of this writing, I have no information on her.
The commercial where the girl in college comes home to surprize her mother and gets a suprise bithday party is “Gimme Little Sign” by Brenton Wood, available on his “18 Best” CD. In 1977, the song was covered by Rick(y) Nelson, and can be found on his out-of-print LP “Intakes.” Sadly, this song isn’t on his “Greatest Hits” CD or any CD that I could tell.
By the way, “they” are a one-man-band. That man being John Ondrasik. The name “Five for Fighting” is a reference fo Hockey and the 5 minute penalty players get for fighting.
Great commercial, and good matching of a song to a concept. It is an older song, but you wouldn’t know it by listening.
I’d link to the lyrics, but I grow weary of the spam-laden pop-up sites that pretend to be lyrics sites.
I get a dual-meanig for the song. As a child, growing up, the years don’t seem to pass fast enough. For parents, watching a child grow, the years seem to be gone in “just a moment.” But it could apply to those with cancer, watching a loved one suffer, soldiers away from home. Sorry to be such a mush-head, but sometimes songs just get to me….