Monday, January 14, 2008

I always thought this was a kid's song

Now that I've watched every episode of every TV show you can watch online, I decided to visit YouTube to see what I could find. After listening to a few of my usual choices, I found myself typing "Hooked on a Feeling".

It's SUCH a good song. Always makes me smile...

It's associated with a very happy memory: It was two months after I've moved out of my parents house and I was living in a house with two girls in their 30s, Cindy and Andrea (or Andy). Andy was actually from California and was having a very hard time in her marriage, so she took a summer to try and sort herself out. Cindy was dating a man called Charlie, who was a heavy drinker, super nice guy, and absolute fanatic about darts.

I was pretty lonely during that time - in a brand new place, not many friends (and most friends were leading very busy lives) and not yet comfortable with the idea that I was "on my own". Oh right - and I was going through a break-up. Not a fun time...

One night, I was reading and listening to a random mix of song when "Hooked on a Feeling" came on. Smiling, I went out of my room to say something to Cindy, and wound up meeting her in the hallway. Andy appeared from downstairs, taking the steps two by two and finishing with a twist and curtsy. Without a word, we all turned, fingers pointing in the air as we sang along. When the song finally ended, we smiled and went back to what we'd been doing before. It's probably the most random thing I've ever been a a part of. I remember thinking "Huh. That was fun" on the way back to my room, shaking my head and for the first time really believing I could make it on my own.

Having never seen the video before, I clicked on the "original video" tag, and this is what I saw:

Not sure what to say?

I'm not either.

Knowing it would be safe, I typed "the beatles" into the search bar and listened to a few favourites, one of which is quite obvious:

When I hear this song, I remember our 4th anniversary: sitting in the February night under heat lamps, on long picnic tables. The air was full of garlic and herbs and tomato sauce, and everybody seemed to having a good time. What I loved the most about it was ironically being ignored by most of the people there - a lone musician standing in the darkened square playing on his acoustic guitar.

Poor Jeremy - I spent the next half hour completely mesmerized by the music and kept trailing off in mid-sentence or saying (ie. shouting) "Hey! this is a great song!" Luckily he's used to this and we both spent time just listening and enjoying each other's company.

When I went back to the list of Beatles songs, I giggled to "Yellow Submarine" (song that makes me think of dancing around in Kindergarten) and ran over to Jeremy's office to make sure he was listening (not sure why I deserve such a patient man). After that, we were talking about songs from elementary school when I remembered the next song...

It's a song from my childhood that used to make me think about childhood, recess, and campfires. I remember loving this song as an 8 year old, singing it at Brownie Camp and with my friends at school. I always thought this was some southern folk song (turns out it's Cajun), but Now I don't know what to think.

Ignorance was such bliss.


  • At 10:23 AM, Blogger Suldog said…


    Blue Swede. Pure Genius.

  • At 10:25 AM, Blogger Melinda said…

    I totally agree and will be humming that song for at least the rest of the day ;)

  • At 10:05 AM, Blogger Jai said…

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  • At 10:10 AM, Blogger Jai said…

    lmfao....OMG Mel...that was a funny post! If you wish to be positively freaked out, check this out:
    Scary, right?


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