Originally published in the October 05, 1999 issue of Country Weekly magazine.
Aimee Mayo knows the secret behind writing a great romantic song: Turn out the lights. Fire up some candles — lots of them. And lure a couple of handsome men as co-writers. “I always light candles when I write,” says Aimee, who makes her own wax creations. “It just relaxes me.”
When Chris Lindsey and Marv Green arrived, they might have mistaken the songwriting session for a seance. “We didn’t have a light on — just all the candles,” explains Aimee. The mood quickly took hold, and the trio crafted most of the song in three hours. Then they hit a brick wall.
“We didn’t get stuck until we hit the title,” admits Aimee. “We didn’t know what to call it, and we were all arguing about the title.” The argument lasted all the way to a studio demo session.
“We had to have a last line — we tried ‘I love you’ and a million things. We had said everything we wanted to say and we knew the very last thought had to be something huge. Then we got around to ‘Baby, I’m amazed by you.’ “
Chris and Marv loved it for the title. But Aimee still wasn’t sure. “When I finally heard it sung by the demo singer, I said, ‘OK, I’m wrong, and it’s right the way it is.”
The song couldn’t be more right. It became Lonestar’s biggest hit, riding at No. 1 for an “amazing” eight weeks.
“You can tell that the inspiration came from some honest hearts,” says Lonestar’s Richie McDonald. “It’s changed our lives and our careers. And it’s incredible to see the way it’s touching everybody out there. It’s changed a lot of people’s lives.”
It’s also dramatically changing the lives of two of its three writers. Candle-light sessions led to candle-light dinners and sparked a flame between Aimee and Chris. On August 21 they became engaged.
“I really couldn’t be more amazed by all this,” marvels Aimee, who moved to Nashville seven years ago and worked as a diner waitress. “It’s blown my mind.”
Aimee knows a good mood when she sees one. “I’m superstitious, so every time we write, I go, ‘I’ve got to light these candles first!’ “
Everytime our eyes meet
This feeling inside me
Is almost more than I can take
Baby when you touch me
I can feel how much you love me
And it just blows me away
I’ve never been this close to anyone or anything
I can hear your thoughts, I can see your dreams
I don’t know how you do what you do
I’m so in love with you
It just keeps getting better
I wanna spend the rest of my life
With you by my side
Forever and ever
Every little thing that you do
Baby I’m amazed by you
The smell of your skin
The taste of your kiss
The way you whisper in the dark
Your hair all around me
Baby you surround me
You touch every place in my heart
Oh it feels like the first time every time
I wanna spend the whole night in your eyes
AMAZED, by Marv Green, Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey
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