General Non-Fiction posted September 19, 2021

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Blast from my past: song invokes memories

Amusing Musical Diversion

by Elizabeth Emerald

I attended a farewell-to-summer concert this evening. The band featured a solo male vocalist, who sang several classics made famous by (if not written by), female singers. Respect (Aretha Franklin); Proud Mary (Tina Turner); Piece of my Heart (Janis Joplin); Go Your Own Way (Stevie Nicks).

He wound down with Tell Me Something Good, by Rufus and Chaka Khan.

The song brought me back sixteen years ago, to my ill-fated stint not selling Sleep Number beds. Per corporate mandate, we had to endure an endless loop of their insipid mix of pap (not a typo) music. 

The first day, as I was doing my best to tune out the tunes, I was jarred to attention by a chorus of blatantly lustful panting, interspersed with suggestive lyrics, one of which was: I got something that'll sho' 'nuff set your stuff on fire.

Repeated throughout was the title line: Tell Me Something Good. 

With each cycle of the loop, the song would repeat. Every two hours, I enjoyed a private giggle hearing the naughty tune amidst the pablum. My chuckle breaks were welcome respites amidst my fruitless attempts to entice customers.

I would wonder whether the song was inadvertently included in the playlist by a clueless programmer, or whether it was slyly inserted by a prankster.

I never learned the answer; regardless, I found the scenarios equally amusing.

To this day, I recall the lyrics.

The wordless ones in particular.



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