"Jennifer's got her daddy's car. She's playing Uptown on her stereo. We go cruising so close. The way they did long ago." Eric Carmen "Make Me Loose Control"
"You can run and can you hide. But I'm not leaving unless come with me. We had our problems but I'm on your side. You're all I need. Please believe in me." Phil Collins "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven"
"I can make tonight forever. Or I can make it disappear by the dawn. I can make you every promise that has ever been made. I can make all your demons be gone." Air Supply "Making Love Out of Nothing at All"
My Song. I revelled in its awesomeness allowing the Sad Songs to wash over me. I continued to belt ou those lyrics for months to come (hell, I still do). Even now, I cannot quite explain why I loved it then or why it still makes me grin now, but there it is. Of course, Carmen's Make Me Lose Control is a bit more personal, I suppose. Like the previous story, I really don't remember the moment I first heard the song. I do recall watching the Music Video (click here, you know you want to!). Once again, my family bought the CD. I'd lay awake, with a breeze from the box fan in our kitchen pulling air through my bedroom window, as Make Me Lose Control would play over and over again along with R.E.O Speedwagon and Air Supply. While I knew the words to each and every song, that particular one held a special place in my heart because the lyrics included my name. Somehow, I believed it was written especially for me, and every other Jennifer alive. The Jennifers of the World, I thought, had a special calling. One fine day, we'd all leave home, go cruising, and then lose control. Yep! That's the image I'd drift off to sleep with each night...me "losing control" with "radio up" doing something unspeakable with my Baby. Listen, I'm not arguing either song was particularly good or meaningful. What I am saying is that they meant something to me. Helped me find a way to understand my world. Brought peaceful moments to my family. And for that maybe I owe the musicians a small thanks both for the happy memories and the dreams I once had.
*The only other song that has as much affect on me as the previous two is Steve Winwood's "While You See a Chance Take It". Maybe its because even now when I hear the words "Stand up in a clear blue morning until you see what can be alone in a cold day dawning. Are you still free? Can you be?", I remember the hopefulness of my childhood...there are still chances and I simply need the courage to take them.