Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cusp Song of the Day: Feelings

Reminder: You can find the Cusp Songs of the Day by selecting any of the three options on the right side of the home page - iTunes, Spotify or Amazon. Just scroll through the selections to find the one you want.

"Feelings" is the title of Chapter 7, but not just any "Feelings": it's the one-of-a-kind song by one-hit-wonder Morris Albert. There was no escaping this overwrought melodrama in the summer of 1975, and no way to resist singing along to its lyrics: "Feelings, whoa, whoa, whoa feelings." 

Of course, you didn't feel good about yourself when the song was over - "I can't believe I know the words to that!" you'd think, as you pushed a radio pre-set, desperate for some Springsteen to clear "Feelings" out of your ears. So imagine Karen's reaction when her friend Craig swept into the diner where she was trying to impress a potential new boyfriend and selected "Feelings" from the tabletop jukebox: "What is he thinking? He’s going to embarrass me in front of Mark! I try to catch Mark’s eye to let him know I am not in favor of this selection."

Anyone who ever tried songwriting in high school recognized the skill level behind "Feelings." The song states the obvious in a going-through-the-motions kind of way: "Feelings, nothing more than feelings, trying to forget my feelings of love." Who's trying to forget now, Morris?

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