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I recently overheard a young girl refer to Houston’s local Lite-FM-Easy-Listening-Safe-For-Work radio station as “oldies.” I chuckled under my breath, blessed her sweet heart in my mind and fought hard not to turn around and lecture her on pop music nowadays and how it’s fundamentally impossible for me to believe that Ludacris and Pitbull can be featured in so many songs.
I was also a touch annoyed by the way this darling whipper snapper threw around the word “oldies” like she really knew what it meant. I have an entire playlist on iTunes that is dedicated to oldies. It’s full of Buddy Holly, Dion, the entire Dirty Dancing soundtrack and a ton of boy/girl groups that put “the” in front of a random noun.
The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, The Dixie Cups, The Drifters and The Ronettes.
When I got into my car, I turned on Sunny 99.1 to see what was playing. HELLO MADONNA! And I’m not talking about her new random stuff that makes me concerned for my well-being. I’m talking about vintage “True Blue” Madonna! I sang every word. It was glorious.
I was wrapping up the final, “True love. Oh baby. True love. Oh baby,” as the DJ morphed right into freaking “Total Eclipse of the Heart!” I was in heaven. Bonnie Tyler’s raspy voice. The crescendos! And what’s this? POISON! Why yes, I would like for you to give me something to believe in!
Just as Bret was about to do that little “huh” before the last chorus, a strange question creeped into my subconscious. When did this song come out?
I need you to prepare yourself for the rest of this post. It’s going to be a tough read, but we’ll get through it together. I promise.
Poison’s “Something To Believe In” came out in 1990. That was 24 years ago.
I’ll give you a moment to digest that sentence.
A quick Google search slapped me in the face with these cold hard truths:
Madonna’s “True Blue” came out in 1986. Ronald Reagan was president.
Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” came out in 1983. A tank of gas was $0.90.
The Boss’ “Dancing in the Dark” was in 1984. Another five years, and Taylor Swift will be born.
Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ “Come On Eileen” came out in 1982. That was the year Brooke didn’t let anyone between her and her Calvins.
Are we still breathing? In through the nose. Out through the mouth.
Here’s the real question. How many (groan) decades must go by before said decade is considered a candidate for the oldies group? I’m going to go out on a limb and say three decades is the oldies mark. That gives me a few more years before I have to start stashing Werther’s in my robe pocket and yelling for kids to get off my lawn.
This is not a joke people. Every single episode of Friends is going to be available on Netflix beginning January 1, 2015. Even though I own all the seasons on DVD and VHS, I will have the power to watch one of my all-time favorite shows with just the click of a few buttons. Who doesn’t get excited when they see this?
and this classic:
But my all-time favorite will always be “The One with the Embryos”
Tell me I’m right. Or tell me another episode that trumps this one and I’ll tell you if you’re right. I may be able to concede the prom video episode if I’m feeling particularly generous.
Regardless, this news is WONDERFUL and deserves a happy dance!
Look at that cast, will you? How can you go wrong with Jason Bateman and Tina Fey in the same movie? Take Michael Bluth’s perfect comedic timing and Liz Lemon’s sarcastic wit and you have one DVD that is sure to make my Christmas list this year.
Based on my high expectations from watching the trailer, This is Where I Leave You isn’t the wacky comedy I hoped it would be. I understand that the entire premise of the screenplay is based on a family coming together after the death of their father, but what I didn’t expect was the dark cloud of depression that sat heavy on the entire two hour movie. I kept waiting for the mood to lighten, but it never did.
I will say that Tina Fey’s entire character was written to bring comic relief to a barrage of depressing situations. But one or two zingers every 20 minutes wasn’t enough to pull me from my doldrums. I trudged alongside the Altmans as they maneuvered and reacted to what life tossed their way.
But I guess that’s life, right? It’s not all butterflies and rainbows. We can have days that are full of regret, sadness, false hope, anger and disappointment. Every single Altman family member may be dealing with their own issues, but in the end, they have each other to lean on.
To quote Tina Fey’s character: “You guys are idiots, but you’re my idiots.”
You definitely need to be prepared for a melancholy mood when it comes to this movie. If that’s something you can mentally wrap your brain around, it’s definitely worth a rental.
I’m off to start a letter writing campaign for Tina and Jason to star in something together. Who’s with me?!
I’m one of those people who allows a song to take me on a journey. I’ve been on this planet for almost four decades, and there are a handful of bands and musicians who have permanent places in my heart because their music is the soundtrack of my life. These include the Annie soundtrack, Disco Mickey Mouse, New Kids on the Block, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks (not Chris Gaines), Point of Grace, Michael Buble, Amos Lee, Mumford & Sons and the entire Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton Christmas album.
And now there’s a new one to add to the list.
I remember hearing about NEEDTOBREATHE years ago. I enjoyed them for the most part, but I really didn’t pay attention to their work until they were featured on my beloved Hart of Dixie. You know a band is doing something right when their song is able to pull my focus from this handsome fella:
I have never whipped out Shazam on my phone as fast as I did that day. These lyrics flew over Wade Kinsella’s head and through my TV:
Long live the heart
Love live the soul
That knows what it wants
It was exactly what I needed to hear at that exact moment. The song is called “The Heart” and is my 2014 theme song. I dare you not to sing along when you hear it. May I also recommend “Multiplied,” “Wasteland” and “Difference Maker” from their Rivers in the Wasteland album.
Pay careful attention to the lyrics. They are deeper than you think.