Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Awoooo Wooooo Woooooooo

I was in the car with my friends Rudy and Marnie a few nights ago. The radio station was playing old, sappy love songs. A certain old song started, and we sang our hearts and lungs along to it.

The rainy night became even rainier.

The windows were rolled up, but I'm sure that outside, where we couldn't hear, all canines within a 10-kilometer radius inexplicably started howling.

What I found amazing (and for which I was endlessly ridiculed by the bastards I was riding along with) was that I knew the song's lyrics word-for-word, down to the last ohhh and ahhhh, when I never even owned a copy of the song. Hell, even I didn't realize I knew the words by heart. The realization emerged only that night.

Marnie and Rudy sang their hearts out, but they mangled the lyrics. Then they had the nerve to laugh at my ability to be word-perfect when it comes to sappy love songs? Even songs by *gasp* Billy Ocean? Sing along with me, c'mon, you know you want to.

I used to think that love was just a fairy tale
Until that first hello, until that first smile
But if I had to do it all again
I wouldn't change a thing, 'cos this love is everlasting

Life has new meaning to meeeeeeee

Oh man. If I'm able to remember the lyrics to this song from so many years ago, a song that wasn't even a favorite of mine, and one that I don't have a personal copy of, what other things are lurking in my subconscious?

Whatever they are, I'm glad they're there.

There are so many things -- so many memories -- I don't want ever want to forget. And if even just one of them comes out one of these days when I feel the wind blow my hair a certain way, when cold beer slides down my throat in a memorable location, or when an obscure song plays on the radio and rekindles dormant memories that are important to me, making me sing like there's no tomorrow even when I can't carry a tune...then I'm happy.

Even at the expense of my dear friends' eardrums.


Mimi Lenox said...

What lurks in the recesses of that mind of yours? Bwaahahhaa....only good things I'm betting.
I would love to have a recording of your serenade.

You do live life to the fullest, my friend. And have the wherewithal to put it all in perspective. That's a gift in itself!

Daddy Papersurfer said...

I suspect you have a lovely voice - the sound of a siren ....... [OK, DP - leave it at that ..... just this once ..... OK, inner voice - just this once]

Daddy Papersurfer said...

You have no idea the pain I'm suffering now .......

Lizza said...

Mimi: The recesses of my mind are a bane...or a boon. Depends on the happen/circumstance.

I would NOT wish a recording of my awooowoo-ing on my worst enemy. It's a circle of hell even Dante would shudder at.

Life's too short for stonewalling and futile mind games. These days, I try to shoot straight from the hip...even though I'm a lousy shot. ;-P

DaddyP: I feel your pain, I really do. You're no lotus eater to my siren song...but things can change. Mwahaahaaa!

Travis said...

I LOVE this post! It reminds me that I'm not really such a freak that I know the words to...wait for it...several Air Supply songs.

Aunty Helpful Dictator said...

Oh I'm sure my own brain is full of old song lyrics and other useless rubbish - which is why I can't remember anything now.

I shocked myself and astounded my friends recently by remembering the names of Doc Brown's children in Back to the Future 3 - they appear for 2 seconds in a film I saw once when I was a child! Why do I remember this and yet I can't remember what day of the week it is?

Lizza said...

Trav: *clears throat*

I'm all out of love
I'm so lost without you
I know you were right
Believing for so long...


Aunty: Wow, you just may be on to something. This is probably why I have short-term amnesia too.

Photo Cache said...

I think this was played 24/7 during its heyday that's why you have it tucked behind whatever its there in your head :)

Ashamedly I must admit to knowing this song too.

zeroimpact said...

the good old days
Loved it
loving to think bout it again too

Scott from Oregon said...

Was that YOU GUYS?

Oh Lordy, I thought it was a fog horn out in the Pacific...

Lizza said...

ZI: Old songs do bring you back to back when, don't they? Good times...

Scott: I'm betting any fog horn sounds better than three people singing out of key. Glad to know our warbling crossed thousands of miles though. :-D

Lizza said...

Photo: Hee hee, memorized mo din ang Suddenly? Videoke tayo pag uwi mo!