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November 22nd, 2002

The High School Song

As we go through our lives, music becomes an integral part of what we do. Emotions, feelings, and thoughts begin to get “attached” to songs or artists… and they tend to stay put for a long time.

When I think about high school, I can only think of one song: Modern English’s “Melt With You”. I was at a local private high school that was my worst educational experience ever. It was all boys at that point, and during my freshman year, we did extremely well at our Homecoming game. Extremely well. So, naturally, Homecoming was an important event.

We had a live band in our large gymnasium, and the band was simply passable. But. The minute “Melt With You” started to play, the entire floor started to scream and shout – and dance, and applaud, and generally cause a ruckus. I had never heard the song before (still new to music, y’see), and I just didn’t know what the heck was going on. But everyone around me was dancing, so I started dancing. Whenever I hear that song, I think of the Homecoming dance… boys’ ties flying through the air, trying to keep up with their dancing… odd-smelling fog from the fog machine… and seeing four guys, around my age now, on stage playing some song that wasn’t that extraordinary.

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FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday November 22, 2002 -- 9:39:18 am
I'm embarrassed to say, but due to teen angst, I associate a lot sappy early-90s R&B with high school... especially Glenn Jones and no-names like Raymone Carter (and no, the original release date definitely was not 1971).

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday November 22, 2002 -- 10:18:34 am
Dirty Laundry by Don Henly. The year was 1983, the place, Dugway Utah. A god forsaken hole in the wall out in the Great Salt Lake Desert. My dad had moved there about 6 weeks ahead of us and had shown my picture to his bosses daughter, who would be in 10th grade with me that year.

Naturally, she developed a huge crush on me and by the time I actually got to Utah there was somewhat of a buzz surrounding my arrival. I very quickly become one of "the cool kids" and the dance the weekend after school started was the pinnacle of my high school "status" accent. That song always brings me back to that time.

Alas, I also quickly realized that I was not one of the "cool kids" and the cool kids pretty much realized the same thing. I was quickly ostracized from that crowd and went back to the crowd I belonged in, the geeks :)

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday November 22, 2002 -- 7:10:10 pm
Smashing Pumpkins' "Rocket" reminds me of high school in that bittersweet (much more bitter than sweet . . . in fact, there was very little sweet at all) way.

FROM: jk
DATE: Friday November 22, 2002 -- 9:29:17 pm
Anything by Duran Duran or Pat Benatar takes me back, but what I really remember is Soft Cell's Tainted Love playing at a dance freshman year, which is also probably the last year I ever went to a dance! I even remember the boy I liked....Matt...he was cool because he was in a band.

FROM: Monica
DATE: Saturday November 23, 2002 -- 3:48:50 pm
"this is how we do it, it's Friday night, and I feel alri-i-i-ight..." whatever that song was (I don't know the title/band) that'd be playing on the bus radio EVERY MORNING at the SAME TIME. The radio station was WPGC? WPGX? Something like that.

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