Monday, July 12, 2010

Monday Musings - The one that (almost) got away

Ever become so obsessed with a song that you just had to try and find it? Only problem is, you don't know who sings it, let alone the name of said song?

But it haunts you, sticks in your head and refuses to let go. And so you surf every radio station, trying in vain to hear it again. And then one night you finally do, but it's right at the tail end and wouldn't you know, the blasted announcer plays another song (one that you really don't like), and then another, and another and by the time the crappy-song marathon has finally come to an end, there's another DJ on the air and he's doing this gospel hour program and never bothers to mention the names of the previous hour's worth of music.

So then you go to the CD store to try to explain it to the blatantly uninterested, detached sales clerk who has no idea what you're talking about and does little to hide the look of sheer disdain on his/her face.

This happened to me when I returned from my honeymoon twelve years ago. We were in Ireland and we'd rented a car to travel along the beautiful countryside. After sorting ourselves out with the whole driving on the wrong side of the road thing (thankfully it was during the 1998 World Cup, so NO ONE was driving, or we likely would have gotten ourselves killed), my first order of business was to find a decent FM station to listen to.

It didn't take long before we found a hip station called Today FM. There was a particular song they played - a remix of an old Jackson's song, Can You Feel It. I know, I know, not the kind of Indie Rock stuff I usually go for. But it was funky and dance-y, reminded me of some part of my childhood, and there were these bells...I don't know what came over me. I just really dug the song.

But, I could never catch the name, what with our constantly getting out of the car to kiss ancient stones and traipse around crumbling castles.

I forgot all about it for the last few years. Having a child will do that to you. It wasn't until Michael Jackson died last June, that I started thinking about the song again. The search was back on!

So, with the Internet being that much more advanced and having YouTube on my side this time - I think I found it! I'm almost 99% certain this is it - at least it's the closest one to my recollection. There seem to be several remixes of this song.

Before I "show" you the video, just be warned, it reeks of cheese. And now I can totally admit, so does the song. But there's something about those bells - they get me every time!

And if I close my eyes I can picture the misty, Irish morning dew as we race down narrow, winding roads, (me) singing at the top of my lungs. Young and carefree and full of energy and adventure and not yet the tired parents of a four-year-old boy.


Cheryl said...

This REALLY made me smile!

I have to say, I'm grateful for shazam on my iphone. You just point your iphone at the radio or the speaker at a restaurant or whatever and it tells you the name of the song and the artist. Brilliant!

Shayna B. said...

HAHA! I swear they still play this song occasionally during old school/euro 103.5 nights.

I can't believe you like this cheese, but I love that you do! Not what you'd expect to listen to on the winding Irish roads, though, lol.

Also, Cheryl, Shazam sounds like the greatest app ever invented. No joke. Need. iPhone.

Anonymous said...

You went to Ireland on your honeymoon?! Super jealous!

My Momma Drama said...

I'm with mombshell - so jealous.

That's sweet!

I hate having those songs stuck in my head... but now that we have the internet, I just type in the words I can remember and it pops up! I love the internet.

Meesh said...

Your post made me think of this Crank Yankers calls - it's very politically incorrect, but relevant !!

Heligirl said...

Dude, YouTube yanked the video. It's not there anymore. :( I've so had those moments. Thank God for the websites that let you search for lyrics to find the song. Otherwise I'd go insane!

Guess what, you're a winner! I'm sharing the Versatile Blogger Award with you today:

Pamela said...

Aw, man! They did yank the video - after all this time...a-holes! Thanks for letting me know Heligirl & for the awesome award too;)
And yes Cheryl & Shayna, I totally am in need of that shazam app (not to mention an iPhone!)
Mombshell & Momma Drama, yes I did honeymoon in Ireland & Scotland - it was amazing, although the driving situation was a bit insane.
Meesh, I'm looking forward to that politically incorrect video when I get home tonight:)

Sandra said...

AAACK! When I clicked to see the video, it said "This video has been removed due to terms of use violation" so what now? See, maybe it wasn't traffic court that put you in stripped pyjamas, maybe you used this video "inappropriately"...hmmmm...I wonder...
Ok, no, I'm sure it's just my techi disadvantage that made it such that I can't even click on a video properly...

Pamela said...

Yeah, it seems the "official" video was pulled from YouTube. I will now once again defy The Man & replace it with another vid. 'Cause I'm badass like that! Let's hope they don't come after me, but really, I have like 3 people reading this blog, so, I'm not all that worried;)

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