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Hearing an Old Song for the First Time

I work in a restaurant that plays music videos to keep our customers entertained. We have a pretty extensive collection of artists and songs and I’m constantly searching for songs that I’m not sick of or haven’t heard yet. I recently stumbled upon a song called “Barbie Eat a Sandwich” by a band called Care Bears on Fire. It’s catchy. And funny. So I started playing a couple of times each shift because I want as many people as possible to acknowledge it and appreciate it. It’s such a good song that I thought I would write a post about how awesome it is. Then I did some research and found out that it was first released in 2009. It’s 2015. I’m kind of behind the times. Hearing an old song for the first time puts you in a weird place. It gets stuck in your head, you find yourself humming it, singing the chorus, and wanting to share it with the world. But you know you can’t because you’re late to the game. It’s like telling your dad about The Beatles. He already knows about The Beatles. He wonders why you don’t know about The Beatles. He wonders while you’re telling him about The Beatles because it’s common knowledge to him. I’m not comparing The Beatles to Care Bears on Fire; I’m just trying to prove my point with a metaphor. Well, technically it’s a simile, but a metaphor is like a simile.

Critically Rated at 8/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker was another celebrity that we lost in 2014. He was an English singer best known for his gritty voice and spastic movements. I was born in 1985, a product of the 80’s and 90’s, and grew up hearing his cover of The Beatles classic “With a Little Help from My Friends,” which I knew mostly as the theme song to The Wonder Years. He took a Beatles song and made it his own. That’s impossible to do, but he did it. Over the years I heard more and more of his songs, I bought a few of his albums, and I even go to see him open for Tom Petty back in 2010. He put on a good show, but I wish I could have seen him in his prime when he could hit all the notes and spasm to the beat like he did in his iconic Woodstock performance. Joe Cocker deserves to be remembered, so please do.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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