Tuesday, March 11, 2008
OK, ever since Luke Menard sang "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" on American Idol, our entire family has been singing it. It's like a worm in our brains. I think I heard our dog humming it. I also have that Zoolander gasoline scene looping in my head. Thanks, Luke.
WHAM! has particular significance to me because my husband's true full name is George Michael, although I often call him "Jorge," which, for my fellow Hoosiers, is pronounced, "Hor-hay." Stalkers, stay away. This George Michael is straight and mine.
Anyway, I was sitting here at the computer and "George Michael" was in the kitchen, and we were singing together, although in separate rooms, a rather enthusiastic and magical rendition of "Wake Me Up" for the listening enjoyment of our teenagers.
So we got to the line, "You make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day," and suddenly, Jorge calls out to me, "That's a neat line!"
I yell back, "Really? Because I really, really like that lyric! I think it's clever!"
And he shouts again, "Yes, I was being serious!"
"Really? Me TOO!" (Now it's like we're IN that Zoolander scene.)
And then, little cartoon red hearts floated out of my head and into the kitchen where I'm sure Jorge snatched them out of the air and tucked them into his shirt next to his heart.
But then our daughter ruined the moment by saying, "Who is Doris Day?"
Once again, I see that I have failed as a mom.
I replied, "She was a movie star in the 1950's, very ... light, happy, sort of a girl next door ...."
Then Jorge interrupted from the kitchen with a lilting, "I'd say the word you're looking for is 'effervescent.'"
Cracked me UP. Oh, how I love this Goofball.
Our kids? Not so enamored with either of us. I'm sure Elijah Blue and Chastity didn't appreciate their singing parents, either.
Now, you know you want to hear it ... you know you want to sing it ... you know you want to see those rockin' 80's fashions ....
So here is George Michael and ... that other guy (?), singing the apparent theme song of my marriage. Notice please WHAM!'s and the background singers' costumes: all white with "Choose Life" written in large sized letters. What in the world was that about?
Also notice please, that the background singers have white Choose Life t-shirts on with long tulip-like skirts, which is a sort of a scary cult look. You will see these long skirts best at the end of the video. Those long skirts must have been rather restrictive and kept the background singers from leaping about like WHAM! does during this entire song, when they're not smiling in a close-up like a Pearl Drops Tooth Polish commercial.
Also notice please, the hair of the fans in the audience. They loved George so much they copied his hair and makeup. And do not miss Other Guy's mullet hat, which my son particularly enjoyed pointing out.
But, of all things you must notice, PLEASE don't miss the boys in their shorts at the end.
And remember, you heard it from Paula Abdul herself, she choreographed this tour.
The worm in my brain has been fed AGAIN in posting this for you. But it was worth it. And just so you know, this is my favorite post ever.