bring your love down (didn’t i)

“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.

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17 Responses to bring your love down (didn’t i)

  1. Anonymous says:

    And behold – you have turned out to be the coolest of them all! Life is sweet.

  2. What’s cool is that you never knew how cool you were.

  3. marikanola says:

    M? Is it one of the other M’s? Well… I don’t know how I feel about this, exactly how many M’s do you have Timothy … and bare in mind, I know of at least one other M that has the same vowel. I am so troubled by all the M’ness.

    I can remember in early teenhood, listening to Upstairs at Eric’s, upstairs at Heidi’s. I love Yaz … and later Alison Moyet’s solo work …I tried to decide what is my favorite song off of Upstairs at Eric’s, and I couldn’t decide, they’re all so good. It’s definitely music that has strong memories attached. Sometimes I wonder if the music is really that good, or if the memories are, then I decide it’s both.

    • “Sometimes I wonder if the music is really that good, or if the memories are, then I decide it’s both.”

      I feel the same way about that album. But I do think it’s really good. It’s minimalism at its best.

    • Look, you can’t always be someone’s only “M.” We all have “M”s in our past, but every “M” is beautiful in its own way. Except for that one, but that’s my “M” to bear.

      You’re probably the only “M” with a Dash, though. An em-dash! I crack myself up.

  4. markgharris says:

    Just like Marika, I remember so fondly Upstairs at Eric’s. Oh, yeahhh.

    My computer never played me a start-up song! It did, however, used to say, “Oh, her again.”

  5. kdegroot says:

    You have to tell me who you were in the car with-If they were cool back in the day then I’m sure they’re a bunch of losers now.

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