Playing makeup, wearing guitar

It should come as no surprise that my all-time favorite song in the history of songs is “I Will Dare” by The Replacements. I love this song with a passion that borders on creeping me the hell out. I hear that opening jangly guitar bit and my heart immediately starts to smile. Seriously. I can feel the change right in the middle of my chest. It’s exhilarating and wonderful, and it makes me happy that a single song can make me feel physically different. It seems to prove to me that I am alive in a way that I often forget about. Art can do that to you, that’s why it’s so magical.

And even though “Can’t Hardly Wait” by The Replacements is my second-favorite song by them (which is different then my second all-time favorite song in the history of songs), lately “Left of the Dial” has been giving me that heart-happy feeling.

I don’t know why this comes as such a surprise to me, because when it comes to the all-time Replacements’ triumvirate of songs that shake my soul, it’s always I Will Dare, Can’t Hardly Wait, and Left of the Dial.

But for some reason, since I got my guitar, I have clicked into “Left of the Dial” like I never have before. Whenever my hands are aching from trying to strum a stupid chord on Lucinda or from practicing some scales, my mind leaps to the day that I can play “Left of the Dial” and scream out the line “pretty girl keep growing up, playing makeup wearing guitar” and I get goosebumps.

So now “Left of the Dial” is infused with this whole dream-coming true, realizing potential thing. And that just makes me giddy because not only does it remind me of the whole heart-art-moving-happiness, but it also reminds me that at 34 I still have dreams that I can make come true.

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  1. PoeticaL 18.Jan.07 at 10:04 pm

    My nipples just got hard…..and no it wasn’t lesbian thoughts about you….it was all Paul. I always say my favorite song is “Valentine”…the opening line makes me want to cry, laugh, jump up and down, hug myself….and on and on and on and on….

  2. John 11.Apr.07 at 4:21 am

    Having just purchased a new (to me ) convertible, I pondered long and hard what song would be chosen to christen my new automobile. After being told using a Beach Boys song would be “dating myself” (another reason for purchsing a convertible , btw) I opted for “I Will Dare” (probably due in large part to the cost of the car, which required a bit of a dare on my behalf). Good luck on learning the chords .


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