I think that every kid of the 80’s can relate to listening to the radio with the tape recorder next to it waiting for your favorite song to come on so you could tape it and learn the lyrics. Aside from reading and sleeping, when I was home during my high school years, this was what I was up to. I would spend hours and hours listening to music and I have tons or song lyrics that I transcribed.
Remember Hands Across America? So many memories come back through songs. I don’t really remember what this was all about, but I can attribute this to the beginnings of my social activism. (And I could google it, but that would be cheating and adding memory that I don’t really have)
This is just a very short list of the songs that I had (have) lyrics too from when I was a kid. I know, I know I could just google them now, but I love looking at these remnants of the good ole days when there was no Google and the only way you could learn a song lyric is with stop and rewind, over and over and over again.
I always loved really quirky songs like this one. And “My future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.” Classics.
And Billy Crystal as Fernando. I know that my friends and I spent hours and hours doing Saturday Night Live skits at school. Beside Fernando, who could forget Gumby “I’m Gumby Dammit!” and the Church Lady “Oh, I don’t know, who could it be? SATAN?!!”
I even spent my entire New Year’s Eve getting down the American Top 40 Top 100 every year. Strangely enough, that was the only night I think I never went out.
Our class song. And my life theme “Take it to the limit, one more time.” Life isn’t worth living when it’s safe and boring. I often look at some of my friends and am reminded of Jerry Garcia singing Bob Dylan’s Tangled Up in Blue: “some are mathematicians, some are carpenters wives, I don’t know how it all got started, I don’t know what they’re doing with their lives.” If they’re happy that’s all that matters. I am like Jack Kerouac’s mad people. My life might be a train wreck to others and I might have dramatic highs and very low lows, but I know that I have lived.
And finally, my other theme song. I really love John Cougar Mellencamp, but this song was very popular when I was growing up and it kinda made me feel not so all alone.