Story Behind the Song: Lady Antebellum, ‘Our Kind of Love’
Lady Antebellum's three members -- Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott -- co-wrote "Our Kind of Love" with songwriter Michael Busbee (known professionally as busbee). After being released as a promotional single for their award-winning Need You Now album in January 2010, the song became the trio's third official single for the record in May 2010 and went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Below, Haywood tells The Boot about writing the hit.
This was one of the first songs we wrote after we released our first record; we wrote it with busbee. When we walked into the room that day, he was jamming on a piano. We had never met this guy before, but it turns out he's a really great piano player. He was just jamming for fun, but it was such a cool little piano riff. We start a lot of our songwriting musically, as opposed to lyrically, so we were like, "What was that? Why don't we just write to that?" Within three or four minutes, we were already humming melodies to a verse and the chorus.
The piano riff kind of set us off into a young, summer love vibe. We wanted to show people nuances of certain kinds of love. We hear stories all the time from people saying, "We have our own special ways to love." There are little nuances, such as holding hands or not making plans, little things that people do to make their relationships special for them.
After we wrote it, we knew 100 percent that we were going to put it on our second record. That doesn't normally happen. A lot of times, you write a song and see where it ends up, or you wait to see if it winds up making the cut when you start recording. This song had a fresh feel to it and was a great new direction for us. We wanted it to dictate and guide our songwriting for the entire record.
This story was originally written by Alanna Conaway, and revised by Angela Stefano.
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