Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Most people in my office have music playing at their desks during the day. The guy a couple cubes down enjoys a sort of fusion of pop/punk/rock, while the girl who used to sit behind me preferred R&B. Brian, whose cube is next to mine, usually alternates between Howard Stern, Phillies games, and classic rock. And if I don't have my own music playing, I can still usually tune out the surrounding noise.

Yesterday, as I was going about my business, I suddenly felt a little subconscious thrill of excitement. As I tried to figure out what could be the cause of this reaction, I focused on the sound coming from Brian's speakers - it was the intro to "The Heart of Rock and Roll" by Huey Lewis and the News. Much like my Pavlovian response to Mannheim Steamroller, hearing this song caused a flashback to childhood glee, when my Dad would put it on for us kids to dance around to. I would be sitting in the family room or somewhere in my night gown, and from the living room there would suddenly come the deep, steady pulse of the heartbeat. The volume would be cranked up so you could hear it from pretty much anywhere in the house. The excitement it created was immense. We'd scramble into the living room from wherever we were, and jump and dance around in anticipation of that first huge swell of synthesizers that never failed to whip us into a frenzy.

I guess it proves Huey's thesis that, all these years later, "It's still that same old rock and roll music / That really, really drives 'em wild."


  1. Ah, good times. What could be better than a bunch of wound-up kids just before bedtime? Your dad had the midas touch.

  2. hey! i love reading all your great things you have to say! and maybe i'm kinda missing you? love love!

  3. Ha ha! That's rad. And that is one killer tune as well! I remember my mom listening to it all the time. :)

  4. These are the memories I'm glad you're putting on your blog, instead of times like when I pulled your arm of its socket or offered to pay you to not sing for a day.

  5. Don't worry, I'm saving those for a special "Best of Jeff" post.

  6. Ha Ha-that is so funny...I was going through old CD's today and found my Huey Lewis and the News "Sports" Album (actually it was my parents but I stole it). I love that CD, and that is a great song. Brings back lots of memories for me too!



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