Songs from the Night I Met My Wife - A Tribute

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It was May 29, 1991, and I was a junior in college.  Two of my friends wanted to go out and party in Austin (we lived in Georgetown, about 30 minutes north).  I was the one with a car, and I really didn't want to go out.  They convinced me, and I told them that if we were going out, we were going to stay out LATE (such is the logic of a 20-year old dude).  It was a Wednesday, which meant that there was really only one good choice - The Sanitarium, which played early 80's music every Wednesday night. 

Around 11:30 or so, I was on the rather crowded dance floor (well, really it was more like a stage) and my future wife came up to me and said, "You dance really well."  The rest is history.  Three children and over sixteen years later, we have had a terrific time and life together since that fateful night.  I always like to joke that my wife picked me up in a club.  My wife is tall (5'11") and she tells the story this way to our friends (and I quote): "I was bored because my friend Amy had gone away somewhere to talk to a musician she met.  I saw a tall, cute guy dancing (Editor's note: who would that be?), so I decided to talk to him." 

Before you bother to make any humorous comments about the fact that she was bored and had nothing better to do and that's why she approached me, believe me, I have heard them all before. 

The points of this tale are:

A.  I am a good enough dancer that I managed to score a tall, beautiful woman as my wife by using my mad dancing skills.

B.  I will never forget that night as long as I live.

That being said, I wanted to commemorate that night with a selection of tunes that we danced to, and also give some other memories along the way.  I hope you enjoy this one.

 

Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners - This was one of the more memorable songs from that night.  We even danced like the lead singer does for a few seconds in the last half minute or so of this video (arms behind our backs flapping elbows to the sides like wings).

Yes, I am a shameless fool on the dance floor when there is a song that I like playing.  By the way, what was the deal with this band anyway?  The video depicts them as some type of roving band of ugly English hillbillies.  Some of the choreography honestly reminds me of the Jets vs. the Sharks in "West Side Story".  How did this song manage to make it in the era when video was everything?  It is just doggone good - I still like hearing it.

 

Erotic City - Prince - Sorry - I couldn't find a good video for this one.  We were standing outside the club trying to cool down (it was a large club with like one window unit for cooling the whole place) when this song came on.  This lovely girl I had just met said, "We have to dance to this!" and we went back inside for more. 

 

Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins  I don't have any major memories of this one, other than I feel sure we danced to it that evening.  This song has become one of my all-time favorites, since it is linked to both my wife and the very first time I spent the night at my best friend's house in junior high.  As I recall, that was back when "Friday Night Videos" was on, and he and I watched this video on his living room floor.  A song gains a certain hook in your brain if it has multiple good memories attached to it.

 

99 Red Balloons - Nena   I had a similar experience with this song.  It reminds me of my wife, and it also reminds me of being 12 years old, and listening to this tune repeatedly on the patio of our house in Dallas on a RECORD PLAYER (how old am I anyway?), trying to learn the lyrics in German and in English. 

We also heard Yaz ("Situation").  Whenever I hear the opening lyrics to this particular song, it instantly transports me back to my youth, and I hope it always does.  Here is a sampling of additional tunes, so that you can feel like you were there with us:

 She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby  I hesitate to admit that this video actually used to scare me a little bit when I was young.  Who am I kidding?  It still scares me watching it today.

Don't You Want Me Baby - Human League  This song actually has the quintessential 80's video - mascara-wearing androgyny on display, techno pop tune, very literal story-telling.

I Ran - Flock of Seagulls  Ugliest lead singer ever?  Perhaps.  However, I still jam (is that still a word used in common parlance?) when this song comes on

Here Comes the Rain Again - Eurythmics  My wife and I actually both hate this song, but for different reasons.  She hates it with the pure hatred of someone who loves the band, but only dislikes their one huge hit song.  Much like Rolling Stones fans not enjoying "Satisfaction" (too commercial) or Deadheads not liking "Touch of Gray" or Doors fans not liking "Love Her Madly".  Actually, I got that last one about the Doors from a skit on "Kids in the Hall".  If you are not following my logic, don't sweat it - this post is really for my wife anyway.

Thanks for coming along on my journey.  This was fun, at least for me. 

I decided to write a new post about music, since my others got a good response:

Radio Ga Ga - The Jukebox of my Mind and Life (The Early Years)

MORE song stuff - Am I hard of hearing? My Lazy Ear Syndrome

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Jason, I clearly lived in a different place and time than you because I don't know any of your songs!  My daughter was a hard-core punk turned to alternative music fan so I know a lot of that music and whatever else was going on in So.Ca.  But, I think it's a great story and I am so glad you are so happy!
Oct 24, 2007 01:25 AM #49
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What a tribute. I'm seeing someone right now and i hope 15 yrs from now i can do the same thing. Thanks for the post. She should be very blessed to have you in her life. Men should always honor the woman in their life. Thanx for the post.
Oct 24, 2007 03:48 AM #50
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DIANE - I can certainly understand that.  I didn't expect this post to resound with everyone, but I really wrote it for my wife.  She said, "It gave me chills." which tells me I did something right!  Thanks for taking time to read and comment on this one!  I look forward to your royalty check arriving soon for that photo of my abs on your post.
Oct 24, 2007 06:20 AM #51
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ROBERT - Thanks for your kind words here.  I also hope you have the opportunity to do something for your special lady.  I agree - honor is a lost art in today's world.  Thanks for stopping by to comment on this!
Oct 24, 2007 06:22 AM #52
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Jason...  What a beautiful post...and it's not even your anniversary!  Nice...

Gotta love a dude who "will never forget that night as long as I live"...  Plus, you get points for appreciating tall, beautiful women!  Smart man!

Oh and I will never forget the night I met my husband (he picked me up in a bar)...  September 13, 1990...  Our son was born 4 years later...to the day...

Anonymous Commenter...  What Paul said!!!!  (Sorry Paul, I can't top that) ;o)

Oct 24, 2007 03:51 PM #53
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Jason- Thank you for sharing how you met your wife. Makes me want to write how Nestor and I met. I was too busy raising children during those years in the 1990's so I was not listening to any popular music of that day. I was teaching Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and then church songs and patriotic songs with the kids. Katerina
Oct 24, 2007 05:38 PM #54
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LISA - Thanks for your nice compliment.  I actually subscribed to your blog today after seeing that you are friends with Jennifer and after reading the post about your son.  I am glad you liked this one - it came from my heart. 

You're tall, too, I assume?  That is very cool that your son was born on the same date that you guys met.  How cool is that?

I also can't top Paul on this one.  Paul and I actually share a brain - just ask him!  We have discussed it.

Oct 24, 2007 05:58 PM #55
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KATERINA - You should write that story.  I would love to read about it.  I didn't expect everyone to enjoy this music, but I wanted to give a feel for that night.  Take care and God bless!
Oct 24, 2007 06:00 PM #56
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Jason...  You're most welcome...it's deserved...  Yeah, that little girl takes me places... ;-O

Oh yeah... 5'10" since grade school...

Yes, I remind my husband (especially when I'm mad at him) that God obviously had a plan and THAT is why I married him... [grin]

Oct 25, 2007 04:50 AM #57
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LISA - My wife was 5'11" at age 13, and she used to get hit on all the time by grown men.  I have two daughters now (and a son), so I guess I need to buy a shotgun to keep the guys away!  Yes, God indeed has a plan, which is why He led me to my wife.  I am a changed man because of her.
Oct 25, 2007 06:40 AM #58
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Jason...  Elvis can afford a private security detail...  Oh heck, buy the shotgun anyway!  [grin]

haha...she must be my long lost dark haired sister!

Oct 25, 2007 12:54 PM #59
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LISA - Actually, her hair isn't that dark (more of a light brown).  She and I were both blond as kids.  Despite what you may have thought, that is not an actual picture of us dancing above.  :)

Oct 25, 2007 12:58 PM #60
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Okay then...we could be related...

Good thing!  It didn't do you justice...

Oct 25, 2007 01:10 PM #61
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No, Travolta isn't half the dancer that Crouch is.  Everyone says so....He rivalled some of my moves when he was in "Saturday Night Fever", but not since.

Oct 25, 2007 01:12 PM #62
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Thanks for the flash back.  My wife and I met in 1990 and we mostly would end up at Miss Kitty's a nd we wouldn't even get ready to go out until about 9:00.  She loved the music you played and she only went out with me because I could two step and line dance!!!! 
Oct 25, 2007 01:15 PM #63
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DAVID - You are welcome, my friend.  Glad you liked this post - it was from my heart.  Do you mean that you played the music from this post for your wife today, or that she liked this type of music back then?  Just curious -
Oct 25, 2007 03:11 PM #64
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Jason: 

Yeah I remember this one!  Just wanted to make sure that I didn't miss one.  I might discover another "Pour some sugar" or "Grand Prix".

You rock man!
Nov 03, 2007 01:02 AM #65
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JESSICA - Here's a list of my best posts to date and the points they earned, in case you are interested:

Blog Entry: Which Blog Posts are "Selling" in Active Rain? How Posts are Like Listings

Thanks for your continued support.  You also rock!

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Jason, I was totally going the same thing with my record player- trying to learn both English and German words to 99 Red Balloons! Thanks for taking me waaaay back. Those songs also hold many memories for me. It seems that the songs from the 80s when I was in junior high and high school have more memories for me than songs from the 90s for some reason.

Feb 14, 2009 04:34 PM #67
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Libby - I feel the exact same way!  Those songs are close to my heart, I guess.

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