Tuesday

That Thing That Thing That Thi-i-i-ing

I was driving to the YMCA, and I turned on my local Hip Hop station to get psyched up, and they were running this segment called Throw Backs. It's where they play an old song, quote unquote, old...older. From '98, they played Lauryn Hill's Doo Wop (That Thing). And you know what? I was thrown back. I heard this song a lot in those days. I heard it on the dance floor...yeah - the dance floor, I actually was on the dance floor...or on the edge of it...but sometimes I'd get on the dance floor...like if I'd had enough to drink and it was crowded enough and somebody grabbed me by the hand and dragged me. I'd go out there. But I remember hearing it this one time, I was walking into the 7-11 to buy a twelve-pack - this guy was coming out of the 7-11 with a twelve-pack - and he was singing it. He was singing it well. And he was smiling REAL BIG. And he had it right. That song was in the air everywhere, you understand. And it was Friday evening, you know, The Big Quitting Time. And I just remember how terrific and awesome that night was...a great song on the airwaves...got my twelve-pack...was going to be meetin up with people later... You know what? I HOPE THAT GUY WON THE LOTTERY. Here's why: Because life is a party. Life is a workout. Life is a lottery ticket. And you do have to watch out. But you can still have some fun too though see.

Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill

18 comments:

Tara said...

Wasn't Lauren Hill part of a group where they sang a remake to "Kiling Me Softly"? I loved that remake. Good beat to it.

Bobby said...

She has a lot of songs - I didn't realize. When I was searching this song, I came across a lot of her stuff. Yeah, she's got a great voice.

Don said...

That's a good song.

Celticspirit said...

So.... let me get this straight....a song from "98" is an older song? An older song is when you remember Disco Fever and you used to dance to it as a teen. Now that's old.

NoRegrets said...

Woo hoo!

foam said...

shit! that's an old song? dang, but i'm feeling ancient now. a veritable crone. thanks a whole bunch!!
(just kidding......!!!!) but i do know what you mean about certain songs. walkin' on the wild side by lou reed does it for me....

laura b. said...

I love that song! And isn't it great being able to call up a memory like that, right down to how good it made you feel, and to feel good all over again? Awesome.

Bobby said...

that thing that thing that thing - that's not an old song!

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

good song... haven't heard it in awhile...

JR's Thumbprints said...

1998? That's like yesterday, isn't it? I like to go back further. How about at least the 1980's? Or am I acting too old?

Indigo said...

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movin' down the road said...

Oh wow. I forgot about Lauren Hill

Bobby said...

I should say something like: Good music is timeless, dammit.

Pacian said...

I was 15 in 1998.

For some people life is like the lottery in that old story where when you win they sacrifice you to pagan gods - and the party is to make you not feel so bad about it.

Radiohumper said...

Like Rimbaud's dream of art merging seamlessly into life and back again. Only yours is with better music. And writing. :)

Geosomin said...

I'd forgotten about that song...it *was* good.
I"ve been on a "retro" kick lately. I've been hitting up used stored for electronic music and remixes from the late 90s...there was some good stuff back then I missed first time around :)

Billy said...

that thing man. that thing. the only thing. great song. infectious song. am a get me a 6 pack.

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