This week’s forgotten song didn’t come about on the Ipod on the bus or treadmill. I didn’t hear it in the grocery store, which are surprisingly awesome sources of forgotten songs from the 70s and 80s. I didn’t see a Vh1 special on one hit wonders (Dated! Do they still have these?).
Instead, the forgotten song for the week was inspired by a bar conversation about songs I could put on a friend-a-versary mixtape for our pals growandresist and her ladyfriend. Yep, we celebrate friend-a-versaries. Double S and I got to talking about Michael W. Smith’s classic Christian (rock?) song “Friends,” while downing red beers (mmm, beer plus tomato juice) and eating hot pretzels and sliders at the Heartland Cafe (recommended!).
Anyway, Double S and I did run home and look at the you tubes for Mr. W. Smith’s “Friends,” (Yeah, we did! What?) and we found mainly weird quasi-inspirational fan made montages. Here’s one which not only has Mr. Smith’s fine Christian croon, but also some other horribleness, like a trend that we’ve all allowed to go unabated too long: babies dressed up as heterosexual adults, kissing and getting married and wearing fedoras and what not. Why, Anne Geddes? Why?
“Friends” is not the forgotten song of the week though, because I fear that if you didn’t go to Catholic school for 14 years like yours truly or you weren’t a Lutheran youth group/camp nerd like Double S, you can’t forget a song you prolly don’t remember in the first place. But Double S and I did some serious bonding over it, and had a rousing round of “Kumbaya” during the car ride home. Double S knows the funky version, made to attract the youths, so we sang that one.
To my high school friends (is this thing on?), the first notes of “Friends” will probably make you start running and screaming, thinking you’re going to be forced to go to an overnight class retreat, where a nun will make you to listen to Christian rock, cradle your friends and write letters to your future selves about how much high school meant to you. We also had the joy of making self-congratulatory banners for our classmates to sign to keep forever and ever. I got a bunch of “I wish I would have gotten to know you better.” Tears. Old, old tears.
No, folks, the forgotten song this week is only tangentially related to Michael W. Smith. It’s 1986′s “The Next Time I Fall,” by Peter Cetera and Michael W. Smith’s fellow Christian rocker, Amy Grant. Yep, Double S and I tipsily bonded over Michael W. Smith AND Amy Grant. Don’t you wanna hang out with us?
This song, well mainly Peter Cetera’s falsetto, will get stuck in your head like none other. Perhaps making you sing it really loud in the shower. It’s Peter Cetera. I truly couldn’t help it.
Amy gets a bit of the short shrift in the forgotten song, so let’s talk about Ms. Grant. Christian rocker, and finally in the late 80s and early 90s, successful crossover pop artist. Her early 90s mainstream hits were happy little pop songs, with videos that are all blazers and curls and videos with John Stamos look a-likes. I think maybe my thing for women in business suits comes from the early 90s oversized blazer trend. I was young and impressionable, what can I say? That or the whole being a lawyer thing, but if you’re in legal services, the business suits on said ladies are pretty ill-fitting, crumpled and Judge-induced sweat stained, but still. See id. Both of these have to be watched on Youtube, btw. Do it, you won’t regret it!
And see this id.
Double S likes to drive like Mario Andretti, I like takin’ my time. True story!
I love the hat, the multiple blazers and the tie dye! And, I’m not afraid to say it, Amy’s looking kinda hot in an early 90s memories from high school kinda way in these videos. What? She COULD really rock an oversized blazer.
The early 90s were a simpler time weren’t they?
Anyway, let’s go back to Amy’s duet mate, Peter Cetera. Peter…is there anything you can’t do? 80s Peter Cetera could sing the phone book and I’d be out buying the cassingles. Peter had a string of massive hits with the 80s incarnation of Chicago, and as a solo artist, often with love theme-y duets. If you saw a video on MTV and it had this in the title: (Love Theme from Some Movie), Peter might have been involved in it somewhere. Let’s see, “After All (Love Theme from Chances Are)”? Yes!
Chances Are, man! What a great movie! Double S hasn’t seen it, so we’ve gotta queue it up. And then, of course, Peter sang the the greatest movie soundtrack song from all of the 80s. I don’t need to tell you what it is…but I will, “The Glory of Love.”
OK, may these Christian and romantic songs guide you through your weekend. Happy Friday, everybody!