Saturday, September 24, 2005


The other day I was watching Oprah, and Jon Bon Jovi was her guest. He impressed me as a nice man, it was a great interview. During his interview, he made a comment that made me think. He said that "Songs are the bookmarks of your life" and he hoped that some of his songs left marks on peoples lives.
So, I've been thinking about some of the songs that I remember, and why I remember them. What was going on in my life at that time that I would remember these songs?
Why are they Bookmarks?

1) Lonely Boy by Paul Anka. The first song I ever remember hearing on the radio. I must have been about 5 and the family was out for a Sunday drive in my Dad's new gold Charger. The license plate was ATA 150.
2) Fernando by ABBA. I remember my mom singing this song in the kitchen. She was happy that day and I remember thinking that she had a beautiful voice. To this day, she loves ABBA.
3) Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell. The first 45 record I ever bought with my allowance at Sam the Record Man. I must have been about 10. (This summer I was thrilled to find the 8-track of this album!)
4) I Think I Love You by the Partridge Family. I loved that show!
5) Saturday Night by the Bay City Rollers. Sa-sa-sa-saturday Ni-hight! S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT!~I was never cool enough to own tartan striped jeans.
6) Da-Doo-Ron-Ron by Shawn Cassidy. Loved him! Kissed the poster I got out of Tiger Beat, every night!
7) Born to Be Alive. Patrick Hernandez...Rollerskating at the local arena. And Banana. It was her favourite song. Must have been about 14.
8) I Will Survive. Gloria Gaynor. So many times. 500 games of gin rummy with Pez and her sister catching me mouthing the words "Hey...Hey!" I was mortified!!! Rollerskating. Later in life, the final breakup with Thing. The extended dance version.
9) You Spin me Round by Dead or Alive. My friend Alicia on her 18th birthday. And ever since then. I can't think of that song without thinking of her.
10) Rebel Yell by Billy Idol. "Hey Mother F...ker! Get laid, get fucked! I was at Unversity, still a virgin!"
11) Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen. The Germany/Austrian 'Road Trip from Hell' with my brother when I was 24. Thank god for Bruce!

12) Wicked Game by Chris Isaac. Thing and my's song. For shits and giggles I think I actually have to print the words out. Because, this was OUR song from the moment we decided it was our song. What a premonition!
The world was on fire no-one could save me but you
Strange what desire will make foolish people do
I never dreamed that I'd meet somebody like you
I never dreamed that I'd loose somebody like you
No, I don't wanna fall in love (this world is only gonna break your heart)
No, I don't wanna fall in love (this world is only gonna break your heart)
With you
What a wicked game to play to make me feel this way
What a wicked thing to do to make me dream of you
What a wicked thing to say you never felt this way
What a wicked thing to do to make me dream of you
No, I don't wanna fall in love (this world is only gonna break your heart)

And suffice to say, I really should have listened to the words of the song instead of becoming mesmerized by Chris Isaac's voice.
13) Closing Time by Semisonic. Good times on Friday nights at the 'Uncle Sams' pub night at the American Embassy in Riyadh. Always the last song of the night. "Closing time, open all the doors and let you out into the world..."
14) River of Tears. Eric Clapton. Every night I listened to the album 'Pilgrim' during the time that my Dad was dying. River of Tears was played at his funeral.
15) Believe. Cher. The whole album. Over and over again. Working towards singledom and then getting used to the idea.
16) ...and nothing really since then...I just turned and asked Greg if we had 'A Song.' Neither of us could really think of one. The funny thing is, music is a HUGE part of our relationship! We have danced in the kitchen hundreds of times, we've been to dozens of concerts, the radio is always on in the car, we listen to scratchy records, 8 tracks, MTV, Much Music and all the Blue channels on the TV.
But we don't have 'A Song.' I am finding this very hard to believe.
Question to you:

What bookmarks do you have? And do you have 'A Song?'


Anonymous said...

That's a great story. Waiting for more. »

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