Saturday, January 19, 2008

"Make Me Lose Control..."

Once again, it is time for a post that has nothing at all to do with politics. I hope you enjoy, and tune in again soon for some fresh political debate. I have written from time to time that I am a member of the Blog Ninjas. This group formed from the "Mystery Topic Challenge". I have met a lot of very good bloggers in the Blog Ninjas forum. I hope this submission is up to their level of writing.

The latest challenge from the Blog Ninjas is this: You know how you can be driving along, just minding your own business and suddenly a song will come on the radio that transports you through space and time so clearly and throughly that you miss your exit or rear end the car in front of you?

Here's your topic: What song transports you through space and time, and where do you go?

"I run a comb through my hair
And step out in the street
And the city's the color of flame
In the mid-summer heat..."

Eric Carmen's "Make me Lose Control" is one of those songs that really transports me through time and space. When this song came out, my Stepfather really liked it. He bought a copy of the single and would play it over and over and over and over (you get the idea) in our house as loud as we could stand it.

"Jennifers got her daddy's car,
Shes playing uptown on the stereo
We go cruisin' so close,
The way they did long ago
My darlin..."

I didn't always get along with my Stepfather. More times than not, he and I simply didn't see things the same way. He pushed me a lot, and there is no doubt that I am the person I am today because of his influence (good or bad). Most of my memories are not pleasant of him. However, listening to this song for the fifth or sixth time in a row on a Saturday is one of my best memories of him. Whenever I hear it on the radio, I can't help but smile.

"(turn) turn the radio up for that sweet sound
Hold me close never let me go
(keep) keep this feelin alive
Make me lose control
Baby, baby..."

My stepfather has been dead since 1995. I hadn't heard this song in many, many years. Then one day, after work, I had my four year old daughter in my lap driving around our block. She had her hands on the wheels, I had my foot on the gas (or break). I wasn't paying attention to the radio, until I heard the first two or three notes to this song. Then I think I sang the entire thing while we drove around the block. I don't know if I had more fun singing it, or my daughter had more fun laughing at me singing it. After the first chorus, she started singing along as well. I hope when she is older, if she hears this song, she thinks of me driving around in the car with her and both of us singing as loud as we could.

"(when) when I look in your eyes, I go crazy
Fevers high with the lights down low
(so take) take me over the edge
Make me lose control"

I hope you enjoyed my entry into the challenge. If you decide to vote for me on the Mystery Topic Challenge, I am listed as andycivil. Thanks and go check out the other post as well.

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The Moose said...

Wow - this song brings back memories - usually involving girls laughing at me at various dances. Good luck to you

Bun-Girl said...

Awww... how sweet! Great one Andy!

Jayne d'Arcy said...

I think this will be one of many wonderful memories for your daughter.

jan said...

Great that a song can go across three generations and make new memories.

Jester said...

I have great memories of this song, too. And now my band performs it. It's as much fun to sing at parties and weddings as it was at the roller rink!

Biologisvensk said...

I love it! I am glad your daughter got to see this side of you. It at least showed her to never be afraid to be who she was, and let loose when the right song is on. =)

Romi said...

That's so cute; the song is being passed through the generations ;-)

Killer said...

Those are the memories that, when she is a surly teenager and slamming a door in your face, will keep you from killing her.