Ever since I was a kid, it has happened sporadically that I’ll know what song is about to come on the radio. I’d be walking along and as the current song was ending, I’d get a sense of what would play next, and then it would play. It didn’t happen every time, but on occasion. Once per every five or six hours of listening, maybe?
On other occasions, I’d wake up in the morning thinking of a song I hadn’t heard in months, and later that day it would play, once again to slip into obscurity.
My personal theory in both cases was that my guardian was telling me, for whatever reason. Why? No clue, really, except he knew I liked music and he wanted to tell me? It’s hardly prophecy, that I knew at 11:53:25 what song would play at 11:53:40. But it was a connection, and I liked it, and it didn’t cause any harm.
On Friday morning, I woke up thinking about songs that have been overplayed, and then I remembered how one September I returned to college to hear everyone complaining about a song called “Achy-Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus.
I had never heard the song, and I said so. Everyone to whom I said this then groaned and said I was lucky. Either that or I never listened to the radio (not true!) because the song had played pretty much continuously for the entire summer on all sorts of radio stations.
So Friday morning I remembered this song, and I had a brief thought that although I like the Weird Al parody version, I’d still never actually heard the real song in the 18 years since then.
That afternoon, while driving one of the kiddos home from an activity, I heard it.
For the first time in my life, only six hours after I’d suddenly remembered the song existed at all, and after having missed it completely during the summer when nothing other than that song played on the airways, I heard it.
It was cool, and I was thankful (as if it had kind of been done by-request) and it made me feel warm inside.
I confirmed to my satisfaction that I really had never heard the song before in my life.
I also discovered I didn’t like it very much (sorry!) so I had to cleanse my palate with the Weird Al version (which gives me a huge smile, and my kiddos are now loving it too.) Enjoy!