I don’t care what you say singing along to ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ is fun

So I just got off the phone with a distraught Sister #3. Her ex is being a total asshole and she doesn’t have any money and well, it’s all the kind of problems that are stereotypical of a single mother. The kind of problems that make me so angry I cry because I don’t even know what to do.

I will never understand the men who do not want to buy things for children, not willing to pony up to make sure they have some new pants for school. Whatever. I can’t get into too much because I don’t want to start crying all over again.

Once I hung up, I immediately dialed up some Billy Joel. It soothes me and reminds me of being a kid, when things were so much simpler.

Of course as soon as I think about Billy Joel, I start thinking about Elton John. Then Ben Folds. Then Rufus Wainwright. It just seems like a natural progression in my head. Then I got to thinking about how I’m generally a sucker for a dude on a piano.

Huh, that’s interesting.

I went back to trying to not be angry with my former brother-in-law, but my brain kept thinking boy with a piano boy with a piano boy with a piano, where did that start?

And then I remembered Joel Cole, the boy who lived next door to my grandparents on Apgar Street. Joel was a talented older kid, a friend of my Aunt Cathy’s (who is only two years older than I am, and obviously lived with my grandparents).

Joel played the piano, and I have a very distinct memory of him busting out Ebony and Ivory on a piano in my grandparents’ garage shortly after my Grandpa Cub had died. In my memory he was trying to distract us from the all the sorrow surrounding the house, the adults. In fact, Sisters #2 & #3 both remember it that way too.

And that, that right there was where my boy with a piano thing started.

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5 Comments

  1. Doug 14.Sep.09 at 11:41 pm

    “We Didn’t Start the Fire” offers the same sort of appeal as “American Pie” or “It’s the End of the World As We Know It”: Trying to remember all the words takes your mind off whatever troubles you had.

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  2. Tom 16.Sep.09 at 11:28 am

    Sorry brother, but I got to say, on a Paul Westerberg site I was surprised to see that someone mentioned the awful song “We didn’t start the fire”. It has to be one of my least favorite songs of all time right behind “You give love a bad name”, “Paradise by the dashboard light”, and “Summer of ’69”
    With cliche after cliche sung with such monotony it garners, perhaps the worst statement of anything creative; obvious.
    To each his own, at least you like the Replacements.

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  3. Jodi 16.Sep.09 at 11:44 am

    Just a point of clarification, Tom. This isn’t a Paul Westerberg site. This is a Jodi Chromey site named after a Replacements song.

    The Paul Westerberg site is over here.

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  4. Tom 16.Sep.09 at 3:35 pm

    Sorry there Jodi. I didn’t mean to be rude. I’ll just be happy you named your site after a great Replacements song. The first one I ever heard.
    T

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  5. Jodi 16.Sep.09 at 3:36 pm

    You were not rude at all. You’re totally free to be completely wrong about Billy Joel. I don’t mind.

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