Last week at church our sending hymn was “Joy to the World.” You’ve probably heard that one. It’s a pretty popular Christmas Carol. I knew the song but for some reason, I just couldn’t place it. So I spent the entire service thinking we would be closing with the Three Dog Night song that begins with “Jeremiah was a bullfrog!”
You have no idea how disappointed I was when the organ didn’t pound out those chords and the congregation didn’t bellow that line.
Disclaimer: While this song has a nice inclusive message of how America is a melting pot of peoples from all around the world, right now might not be a good time to come to America.
Today we celebrate John the Baptist.
Don’t lose your head.
Yet another Easter; yet another chance to reflect on the fact that there are a million and a half Christmas songs and no Easter songs.
Wait… What is this? Band named after our Lord and savior? A song about rising? Could this be the perfect Easter song?
Happy Easter everyone. Enjoy the chocolate bunnies and colorful eggs.
This will be my first Valentine’s Day without a date in several years. My girlfriend passed away a few weeks ago. I know I’ve written about her on here before so you may have heard about some of her health struggles. Still, it was a shock. Even with all of her medical problems I still expected her to live a longer life.
But enough about that. I didn’t want to write this post to reflect on that, but because it actually leads to a somewhat humorous music story.
I don’t know how many people reading this have lost loved ones, but have you noticed a lot of strange thoughts popping into your head immediately after? Among all the thinking about who I needed to call, how I was now in charge of scooping the cat box and wondering what was going to become of the department store that was her wardrobe I got the Vandals’ “My Girlfriend’s Dead” stuck in my head.
I know what you’re thinking. What the fuck? You sick bastard! That’s so disrespectful! Why would you think of that song! Have you no shame? Or at least I imagine you’re thinking these things because the first day I was thinking the exact same thoughts.
Then I remembered something: She loved that album! We were in the car a while ago and it was playing. I went to take it out because I have listened to it already but she stopped me. There are a lot of great tracks on Hitler Bad, Vandals Good. I remember posting “If The Government Could Read My Mind” on her Facebook wall when we were first dating. And she told me a college friend suggested to her that “F’d up Girl” could have been written about her.*
There are a lot of other songs that’ll make me think of her. I know when I got the Descendents I Don’t Wanna Grow Up she said “Silly Girl” was about her. “That’s about me,’ she said. “I’m a silly girl and you’re in love with me.”
Her dad asked if there were any good songs we could play at the funeral and I had to pass on any suggestions.
But even though it’s about a guy lying about a breakup I think “My Girlfriend’s Dead” will probably be our song. Strange as it may seem, I think she would have wanted it that way.
*He was right.