Saturday, January 31, 2009

This song?!?!


Alright, so this recently happened to me on a road trip that I have just returned from. My girlfriend and I were driving, and were investigating the local air waves of radio stations in a new town. It's a bigger city, so there was an abundance to choose from.

To tell you the truth... I can't even remember the particular song in question. Here's what happened though. Her eyes lit up and she immediately got excited. The search for a station had temporarily and abruptly ended. I half heartily laughed, and gave her that look that both encompasses a question and a mocking disapproval. I'm sure I said something along the lines of "This song?!?! Are you serious?"

As if I had never addressed her in the first place; she looked out the windshield, turned up the radio and belted the song out the way you would if you were alone, cleaning the house. Not shocked at her response (yes, this has happened many times), I proceeded to tell her how bad this song sucked (this also has happened many times). My words were falling on deaf ears. The lyrics kept coming, and an immobile sort of passenger seat dance started to take place.

I was overcome with some twisted sort of pied piper trans or possibly just an "if you can't beat them, join them" type of surrender. I accompanied her, turning her poppy solo, into an off-key duet. I had disgracefully, but just as enthusiastically now joined the song. I came to the shameful realization that I was hitting the lyrics with an 80-90% accuracy.

Honestly... we all know it

I'm not actually the type to worry about this sort of thing. Although, I'm not quite what you would call... proud of it either. I do think however, that we all do this. I recall being on high school road trips, when a van full of like seven pre-college senior guys, were all animatedly belting out the lyrics to Britney Spears' "Lucky." I think pretty much anywhere, you could get any random sample of people to do a decent job of singing Michael Bolton's "When a man loves a woman." We all know those shameful tunes, and could most likely carol out the lyrics to embarrassing pop songs at the drop of a hat. I know this. Honestly... we all know it.

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