Friday, May 09, 2008

Yes, Honey, That's Exactly What I'm Going to Play

Most weeks I have selected the Friday video with great care and well in advance. It could be a new song I've discovered (thank you, Guitar Hero), a blast of nostalgia or a tune that provides the soundtrack for musing or current situation. And sometimes, like today, it's the first thing I hear in the morning.

Both The Spouse and I have clock radios. The reception in our room is weird. It's fine on The Spouse's side and his radio wakes us to the dulcet public radio tones of Steve Inskeep. Then I fall back asleep for an hour, until my alarm comes on with the tinny squawk reminiscent of a transistor radio. And the only halfway decent reception I get is on some weird "oldies" station.

My alarm goes off about the time The Spouse is leaving for work. He brings me a cup of coffee, gives me a kiss and tells me to have the best day ever. (He does pretty much the same thing for The Dog, sans the coffee). That's the ritual. But this morning he brought the coffee and said, in a high pitched "mom" voice, "Come on, Lori. Time to get up for your first day of high school". Because this is what was on the radio and it shot him back 35 years.

This artist is way bigger in the UK than he ever was here. This song was, in fact, his only Billboard hit in the US. But he started out in the UK as a wisp of a lad, playing the lead in "Godspell" when he was only 23. He has had a mess of pop hits but is probably even more well known (again, in the UK) for his musical theater work. He's done quite a bit with Andrew Lloyd Webber, for example. I was looking at some stuff about him on line and am happy to report that he's aged extremely well. Which is nice because golly gosh, Preppie, was he yummy back in the day.

David Essex "Rock On"

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Blogger Anne opined...

I remember that song, found myself singing along before too long!

May 09, 2008 9:38 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...


May 09, 2008 9:57 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Oh, and here's your slice of "first one to comment" pie.

May 09, 2008 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

I thought Donnie Osmond sang this.

May 09, 2008 10:21 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

(in best Soup Nazi voice) No pie for you!

May 09, 2008 10:27 AM  
Blogger greeny opined...

Such a sexy song and a favo of mine from the first years I was listening to the radio!
You rock, Lorraine!

May 09, 2008 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

Ba Ha Ha Ha (Note no W)

Uhhh. Wha happen to "Holding forth because I can."? Not thst I dont like the new one too. Just curious.

A bit Alice in Wonderland. Love the old version with Louie Armstrong as the cheshire cat.

Happy unbirthday to you!!



May 09, 2008 11:06 AM  
Blogger sfoofie opined...

Hey kid.
Rock and roll.
Rock on.

*puts head down and reaches up in the air --> \m/

May 09, 2008 11:50 AM  
Blogger Eric opined...

Sfoofie can throw the goat via an emoticon.
Too cool

May 09, 2008 12:52 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

I know, right, Greeny? He's so deliciously cute in this video.

Anonyba, just got bored with it. Plus I'm on a Katherine Hepburn kick just now.

Digging your blue suede shoes, Sfoof.

That Sfoof's just the coolest thing ever, isn't she honey?

May 09, 2008 1:25 PM  
Blogger Sling opined...

I'm jumpin' up and down in my blue suede shoes even now!

May 09, 2008 4:33 PM  
Blogger Doralong opined...

Talk about your blast from the past!

May 10, 2008 6:42 AM  
Blogger sageweb opined...

Where can I find a woman like your husband? I want coffee in the morning and a kiss.

May 10, 2008 10:22 AM  
Blogger booda baby opined...

1. This was always a kind of sexy song in a not-really sexy way, so thank you for playing it.

2. HAPPY MOTHER's DAY, you wonderful mummy, you!

May 11, 2008 2:48 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

They look especially nice with the new bifocals, Sling.

Cuz, I know, right?

I don't know, Sage, but everyone should have a spouse that does stuff like that. I suppose we could try cloning him...

Booda, exactly. And thanks. That was awfully sweet of you.

May 11, 2008 3:03 PM  

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