I’m back from my hiatus. Well, I don’t know if hiatus is the right word, considering I started a second blog during that time. I’m not sure if I’m ready to share it yet… we’ll see.
Instead of something deep and earth-shattering, this is going to be one of those posts about a song from my past. I rediscovered this one a couple years ago, but it just hit me recently why I like it so much.
We had this album on vinyl back when it was new (1984). I remember my mom really liking it. Wikipedia says that six singles were released from the album, but I really only remember four. The first two (one, two) are very well remembered and today are considered classics of 1980s pop. A third one I mostly remember just because I found out many years later, as an adult, that it was about masturbation. I found this hilarious because my mother, who came from the kind of background where sex was never talked about, and who also has a tendency not to pay attention to lyrics, loved the song. I don’t know what she thought it was about… dancing, probably. I had no idea what it was about either, but I had an excuse because I was eight years old and knew nothing of female anatomy. Mom, I know you read this, and I hope you don’t think I’m making fun of you or anything, but all I just did was state facts, and I believe we had this discussion years ago.
Anyway… back to All Through The Night. This one isn’t about masturbation. It’s a nice little song about the excitement of new love. And unlike many pop songs about love, this is one I can relate to better than most.
Being performed by a woman doesn’t make this song harder to relate to as a man. The lyrics work for any combination of genders and sexual orientations, and in fact the song was written and originally recorded by a man, even though Cyndi Lauper’s version is much more well known. The reason I feel like I can relate to this song more so than most pop songs about love is because I’ve been there.
As I’ve written before, I haven’t exactly had a good history with romantic relationships. I haven’t had many of them at all, and most of the ones I’ve had were bad, leaving me with the feeling that I have experienced all of the heartache surrounding relationships but little to none of the good experiences. But the excitement of new love… that is something I have felt. Every relationship starts that way, full of hope and excitement and anticipation. It’s a great feeling.
Of course, I haven’t felt that excitement and anticipation all that often over the course of my life, and most of the time it just sets up a new horrible way to be lied to, ignored, or accused of something. But that’s life. And going through all that crap just makes the excitement and anticipation and hope even better when it has happened.