Friday, January 9, 2015

"The Introduction"

(move cursor to 1:14 for Billy Joel's song he performed on Oprah "Only the Good Die Young"

The Introduction

His hair and eyes were surely as dark as the devil's
but his laugh made me forget
he was no saint -
was pretty sure 100 mph
with windows rolled down and speaker cranked
was a sin on any back country road...

I learned summer nights
could be exciting; even dangerous
for this Catholic girl.
I did fall in love that night,
but not with him.  Just now,
had to think hard to remember his name,

but Billy Joel's still a favorite on my playlist.

by Margaret Bednar, January 9, 2015

This is a true story - some details have been left out as I'm sure they would bore everyone :)  … I do remember running out the door before he could get out of the car - I did not want my mom and dad to meet him.

If you love Billy Joel, you might find THIS l-o-n-g article interesting.

This is for "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Herotomost's Friday Challenge - Road Trip"


Björn Rudberg said...

There are those music tied to cara.. Oh.. Riding 100 MPH with the wind in the hair.. Sounds so fine..

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Love the memories this invokes.

Wolfsrosebud said...

ah... music seems to last an eternity while all else falls away... nice take

Anonymous said...

There are definitely songs that one associates with times and cars--wonderful. k.

TexWisGirl said...

that's awesome. :)

hedgewitch said...

Music is at least as personal and as evocative of our pasts as our vehicles. Not to mention Billy Joel more worth listening to than the average conversation of a teenage date. ;_)

Anonymous said...

Billy Joel does bring back certain emotions and era. Wonderful job with the poem.

Susie Clevenger said...

I think music ties us to so much, so many drives, boys we forget. I had a blind date once and most of what I remember was wanting to get out of his car and Frank Sinatra singing Strangers In The Night.

Herotomost said...

I love the way this sews together so many nostalgic threads. Music, cars, dating. That's the whole potato and it made me feel young again. Great job Margaret. Thanks for writing!

Ginny Brannan said...

I like this "confession" of sorts— the thrill of dating the "bad boy!" I can relate. And the song by Billy Joel, one of my all-time favorites! Saw him in concert September 1978 at Boston Garden right after "The Stranger" album came out. 'Come out Virginia, don't make me wait…you Catholic girls all start much too late…" With "Virginia" and "Catholic"…swore he personalized that one just for me!! Enjoyed this Margaret, and thanks for taking me back to those days of my own youth!

Jim said...

I always liked that song, Margaret. Love even better your poem, it brings back all sort of memories. I'd like to have known you "back then", sounds like my theme (I had a VERY hopped up '52 Ford--it out ran '55 and '56 Chevy's). The theme continues, before I bought my used Mustang (GT Black '98 convertible) for my retirement gift I took it to 140 MPH on our Beltway to make sure it would run FAST. It did and it slows down fast too!