|Tuesday's groovy/Tuesday's groovy/Now I know that/Nothing lasts
||[Oct. 23rd, 2007|12:39 am]
Dad, I don't know if you remember this or not, but for a couple years
when we lived in Cedar Falls you used to play the Smithereens album
Especially for You pretty often. The first side, especially, I
remember you listened to a lot.
I think one of the tests of a good pop song is whether it appeals to
little kids. As a five-year-old with no preconceived notions of what
was good and what was bad, I thought those songs were great, even
though I didn't understand a lot of them. Anyway, I bought it a
couple days ago and it's as good as I remember from 20 years ago. I
just thought you might want to know.
Well, that was a little bit of a lie; I don't think it's quite as transcendent as I remember it being when I was five and Dad used to play it on the record player in our brown-shag-carpeted riving living room. Still: pretty damn good.
riving living room
Was this place in Japan? The riving loom, I mean.
No, it was in Iowa. But I honestly thought that the word was 'riving room' when I was five. When someone finally figured out what I was saying and explained, "No, it's living room, because you live there", I had a moment of "Oh, that makes so much sense!"
Aah. Maybe I'll do that with my students...
"It's a lliving room because you live there. And it's a room."
We also thought the first New Kids on the Block album was pretty awesome when we were 5. Also, the Paula Abdul tape that our babysitter Angie would bring over. Of course, the DuckTales theme song trumped all of these.
I'm pretty sure the shag carpeting in the riving room was red. Kind of a rust color.
Sure we did, but these songs have stuck with me my whole life. Seriously. Any time over the last 20 years, catch me at an idle moment and chances are that "cigarette, cigarette/burnin' up time/cigarette, cigarette/watch the smoke climb" or "when I see you on the street/we will still be strangers when we meet" is playing in my head.
Of course, the DuckTales theme song has stuck with me my whole life, too. It's a good song.
Also, I didn't really like the NKOTB until second grade. I remember being dimly aware that Kim was cool because she had an NKOTB tape.
Did Angie really bring over a Paula Abdul tape? I remember listening to "Straight Up" in the car with her once, but that was probably the radio.
Also she had that Bon Jovi poster in her dorm room. You know the one.
It was the second NKOTB album, Hangin' Tough, that I was way into. That came out when we were 6, so first grade. I distinctly remember being in the riving room and singing "Cover Girl" to Mom and Mom WRINKLING HER NOSE at this rude display. (Mom did approve of the DuckTales song, of course.)
Ang totally brought over the Paula Abdul Forever Your Girl tape, and we played it in the riving room. I remember this being totally awesome. I actually don't remember the Bon Jovi poster, although I remember it being cool that we got to visit her dorm room. I remember the bunk beds in there. I also remember her being able to color with crayons really well.
There were totally bunk beds, and plastic milk crates with College Books in them, and, like, a can of Aqua Net.