Sometimes the Man and I will have a conversation about something, and one of us will make a reference to something that happened 10+ years ago in the history of our cultural lives …and the one who is telling the story suddenly gets a blank stare from the other one. Huh?
When you live with someone who didn’t grown up in the same country as you did (in our case England and the U.S.), there are bound to be times when you discover that something that had quite an impact on you years ago, did not have the same on the other person not only because they didn’t feel the same, but because they weren’t aware it existed.
Case in point, we were discussing the weather and the Man said something about the rain lasting ’til Tuesday…and because of the way my brain works, I responded with something to the effect of:
Oh, he wants me
But only part of the time
He wants me
If he can keep me in line
His response was the blank stare.
“You didn’t have that over there? ‘Til Tuesday? No?”
More blank stares and a shaking of the head. I immediately grabbed my phone and searched My Music so he could have a listen. Aimee Mann’s vocalizations on this song are classic. I’ve always liked it, and probably (for sure and totally) didn’t completely understand they lyrics when I first heard it in 1985, but what her voice does in the song is so distinctive, it’s not easily forgotten.
When I sang these lyrics, the Man had no idea of the band, though did know who she was so I played him the tune in its entirety…and here it is for you.
Another of her distinctive vocals can be found on this track from the movie Magnolia…which I also played him and can’t currently get out of my head:
Post script: I often schedule these posts ahead of time and when I was writing it, I could have sworn I wrote about this little cultural musical thing before but I couldn’t find it…and when I was looking at my posts from last March to share again on #archiveday – I found this one. I’m not crazy after all!