“You play your games but the fact remains
I’m the only one that can hold your reins”
After my computer powered up this morning and my start-up song began to play, I remembered the first time I’d ever heard it. I was a freshman in high school I found myself seven or eight people deep in a car that was designed to seat four comfortably. The car was flying over the twists, turns, hills, and drops of deep country blacktop on a dark early evening. I could barely breathe and someone’s elbow was grinding into my ribs, but I didn’t care, because I was a geeky nobody in a car full of people far cooler than I could ever hope to be. “I love this song. Turn it up!” someone demanded. Someone complied and “Bring Your Love Down (Didn’t I)” by Yaz reverberated throughout the genuine naugahyde lined interior. I’d never heard of Yaz before, but I didn’t want anyone to know, so when asked if I liked them, I said, “They’re alright,” as nonchalantly as possible, as if voicing my preference for braised quail over roasted pheasant.