Monday, July 20, 2015

"I KNOW IT'S LATE"...

This was the subject/title of an email I got two weeks ago. It was an intro for an invitation that was extended to me and several other couples and I am sure the other people probably looked at these words and thought: Oh. How nice. A last minute party! 

I on the other hand took one look at these words and immediately my heart started to pound. Partly from precious memories of astounding passion and partly from just the sheer beauty of the song itself. It was like all of a sudden the world stopped for one brief moment as zillions of thoughts came flooding right smack back into my head.

For several reasons, Bob Seger's WE'VE GOT TONIGHT, almost more than any other song in history, holds very deep emotions for me. Right from the very first lyrics... I KNOW IT'S LATE. The reason the invitation began as it did btw, was because it came like on a Thursday let's say and the dinner party was maybe about 4 days later. Normally not a whole long lead time for everyone's schedule planning. Regardless... I was indeed thrilled to be invited but as I said... even more important was the fact these opening words alone, held so much weight.

Turns out about 20 years ago I guess, I enjoyed THE most romantic night I ever had in my entire life. Well almost, anyway. And I do have to say much of it was due to this song... We've Got Tonight. It had already been amongst my alltime favorite tunes but man. THAT night? The tune became sort of historic for me. For both of us, actually. In the meantime... no need for me to go into particulars here, but I will say this... to this day, Bob's entire album of Greatest Hits created one hell of an extraordinary change in the Land of Linda. Hence the reason a zillion memories popped into my head.

Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Kenny and Sheena did a great job in covering this song but make no mistake: nothing is like hearing Bob sing it. Besides... can you believe the lyrics?? I mean seriously... DEEP IN MY SOUL... I'VE BEEN SO LONELY. ALL OF MY HOPES FADING AWAY. I'VE LONGED FOR LOVE LIKE, EVERYONE ELSE DOES... I KNOW I'LL KEEP SEARCHING EVEN AFTER TODAY. WE'VE GOT TONIGHT. WHO NEEDS TOMORROW? WE'VE GOT TONIGHT BABE... WHY DON'T YOU STAY. Who the hell even THINKS of these lyrics? Besides... the quiet, rolling rhythm of this melody? Lordy. It's just soooo beautiful. So naturally...

As soon as I closed out the email I went straight to YouTube to listen to the song all over again. I can't even remember the last time I heard it so it was like a major treat. I began with Bob Seger, which by the way was fantastic when hearing the entire arena singing right along with him. Like who doesn't know every word to this entire song, anyway? Then I moved right smack into Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton and then into Kenny and Dolly Parton. THEN... I moved right into anyone ELSE who covered this song and bingo. Man. I was in total We've Got Tonight Heaven.

In the meantime, if you want a perfectly fabulous treat, check this out on YouTube: CLICK AWAY. I dare you not to sing along with it since according to the Linda School of Music, it basically can't be done. You hear the song. Whammo. You have to sing. Thank you Bob Seger, who is now 69 btw, for being the background to some astounding memories for me, many of which continued for yet another 20 years. 

Oh yeah... point of information: lest any of you imagine that Bob was Pete's son... boom. You'd totally be wrong. Just saying.

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