Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2004 | 6:04 p.m.
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Middle of the Road
Today I was tooling around after lunch, enjoying springtime in Illinois. The trees are blooming, the birds are singing, the worms are wiggling deep in the earth. The drumbeat of nature coming back to life is beating loudly today under a bright, springtime sun.
I had the windows rolled down in the ol' minivan, scanning the stations for a rockin' tune. I know, it's hard to be cool in a dark blue Chrysler minivan, but what the hell, I was having a good time anyway.
Then it came on. That song. The one I thought was so cool when I was 13 from the band with a lead singer I wanted to be, even though she looked a hell of a lot like my mom. What song? "Middle of the Road" by the Pretenders.
Remember that song? Let me remind you.
The middle of the road is trying to find me
Now come on baby
In the middle of the road you see the darndest things
Oh come on baby
The middle of the road is no private cul-de-sac
Baby, get in the road
As I belted out that line in the last verse -- "I got a kid, I'm thirty-three, bay-beh!" -- I stopped, almost biting off my tongue. Stopped breathing for second.
The first problem? Hello! I'm listening to a classic rock station NOT, my friends, to listen to the music of my parents' generation, but because I stopped on a song from MY generation!
The second problem? When I sang this song at 13, yes, that would be twenty years ago, it was rockin', yes, but hitting close to home? Not even a little!
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