Great songs, embarrassing moments

With Valentines Day coming up, I know many of you probably had that special song that you remember in the back of your mind. Admit it fellas, you know you have some memories stuck to a song, I know the ladies probably do.  You know… back in the days of HOT I-94 and the “Slow Jams” you’d call in dedicating that super gay song for so & so.  Yeahhhhh you remember…thoooose lovey dovey songs.

For some reason you can always attribute a song to a time in your life.  Maybe it’s because of the crush you had, or because it was a transitional period for you, in any case there was always something you may have connected to in a specific song.  Well whatever, it wasn’t always a slow jam of course but that would defeat the purpose of a Valentines Day theme and it probably wouldn’t be as funny or embarrassing.  Here were a few slow jam songs I’m embarrassed to remember along w/ the silly memory attached to them…don’t tell anyone…seriously…

Embarrassing song #1. Jefferson Starship – “Sara.” It was 1985 and I was in the 3rd grade.  Had a major crush on a gal name Lara N.  I don’t know how they found out but my parents would always tease me about the fact that I had what was really my first crush.  So much that whenever this song started playing on the radio, in uncanny unison, they would start singing “Lara.”  Yes, they replaced the name Sara with Lara.  Clever aren’t they…?  My parents…such the practical jokers….and you wonder where I got my sense of humor.

Embarrassing song #2. It was a blockbuster hit in 1986 on the soundtrack of a blockbuster movie that will forever be a classic and top 25 movie of all time for anyone.  Every child of the 80’s will remember this song. I’m sure people were either dancing to this song or planting kisses somewhere in the world when it was on the radio.  Top Gun’s “Take My Breath Away.” A cult classic that still echo’s in Karaoke bars across the island.  Of course I was too young to have a girlfriend and the only stupid reason why I remember this song was because “Goose” dies in the movie and that was the first time I’ve ever gotten “misty eyed.”  Oh sure that sounds gay but admit it fellas, you know this movie is on the list of features that any guy has shed a tear over….besides “Cool Runnings” and “Marley & Me.”  Not that I ever cried after watching those movies though…really.

Embarrassing song #3. 6th grade dance. First dance I ever attended.  The girl was Cheryl K.  I had liked her for the longest time, she was the most “popular” girl in the class.  “Eternal Flame” by the Bangles played, but the moment past.  Too chicken sh#t to ask her to dance to what was voted the “song of the year” by the Waialae Elementary School graduating class of 1989.  Crap.  Not long after though, she did become my very first girlfriend….for a week… then she dumped me for Lee K. because he knew how to break dance better than me…  I’m still bitter about that.

Embarrassing song #4. Summer of 1991, transitional year between intermediate and high school. I was a junior leader at the YMCA which back then and maybe still is…the cool thing to do.  Decked out in my baggy Cavaricci pants, Stussy shirt, “Bolo w/ Bangs” and FloJo’s, this song, “More Than Words” by Extreme was always on the radio and always played at the YMCA dances.  Never got to dance with the one I wanted to though.  Honorable mention that year, “(Everything I Do) I Do it for You” by Bryan Adams.

Embarrassing song(s) #5. For some reason high school was a blur and really the only “slow jams” that stand out in my mind were “A Whole New World” from the Aladdin movie and Shai’s “If I Ever Fall in Love.” I suppose it was because my taste in music really shifted more towards Alternative and “Poppy” punk music.  In any case, both songs of course were tied to high school crushes.  Note the plural tense.

Embarrassing song #6. “Dance With Me” by Intrigue.  First “serious” relationship, most memorable slow dance, best kiss and most difficult parting.

Embarrassing song #7. What’s with all this dance music?  Anyway, Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance.” I’m always reminded of this song for a gal I adored for the longest time.  Can’t say she was the one that got away though cause I guess you can only say that if you were ever with that person.  But I always hoped she would “dance,” with me….uh yeah,  that was sappy.  Honorable mention, “Goodbye to You” by Michelle Branch.  Well obviously I had to move on from this girl ha!

I don’t consider this a slow jam but one of my all-time favorites is “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure.  Great song to be played for any occasion whether you’re in love, driving on the freeway, singing karaoke, partying, drunk, whatever.  Fun song.  Okay so I spilled…probably a little too much.  Next time you see me you’ll probably give me sh#t about this but deservedly so.  Anyway what are some of yours?  There’s a bunch out there that I could keep going on too but I can’t type forever, it’s your turn.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Ahh….memories. I’ve called the radio station to make a few dedications myself.

    These songs bring back a lot of memories…most of them bring me back to a specific time period or reminds me of a specific person too.

    Off the top of my head…One More Try, Saving Forever for You, Promise Me, If Wishes Came True…

    omg now I want to find all these songs and listen to them again! LOL!


  2. Posted by @nanigurl on February 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    What a blast from the past – I gotta go find those songs on iTunes now! Brings back so many memories of the good old carefree days.


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