When I was a senior in high school, my family took a trip to Scotland. My grandparents were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, and all my various aunts, uncles and cousins descended on the small village where they had gotten married all those years ago.
It being a small Scottish village, we spent pretty much every evening at the local pub. All the cousins on that side of the family are relatively close in age, and as we hung out we got to know some of the local teenagers. It ended up being really fun.
As it happened, our visit coincided roughly with the UK release of the Annie Lennox hit “Walking on Broken Glass.” It hadn’t yet been released in the US, and I’d never heard it. However, Annie Lennox being Scottish and that song being awesome, our new chums played it on the jukebox… a lot. Like, really a lot.
At some point after our return to America, the song was released here, too. And it was on the radio a lot. It was a big hit, and like all big hits got lots of airplay. Further, I got “Diva” (the album containing that song) for Christmas (on cassette tape!) and listened to it over and over and over. (I can sing every single one of those songs from memory to this day.)
I love Annie Lennox. I’ve said this before, but if there is a heaven and I go there and we still get to take naps (and how would it be heaven if not?), then Annie Lennox will be the one who sings me to sleep. (Phylicia Rashad will read me bedtime stories.) And “Walking on Broken Glass” may be my favorite of her songs, though it’s hard to say.given how much I like her singing.
The other day, “Walking on Broken Glass” came on the radio and I lingered in the car after reaching my office to hear the whole thing, even though it made me a little late getting started on my day. (Only by a minute or two, patient advocates.) This despite being able to listen to that song any time I want to on my computer. It just seems more special when it’s unexpected.
So that’s this week’s Question — do you ever linger in your car listening to songs you like? Even if you have them on CD (if you’re a fogey like me) or Spotify or iTunes or whatever? If so, what was the last song you listened to? Or if you can’t remember, what’s one song you would listen to, tardiness be damned?