Friday Funnies: Flashback edition

1 Aug

Anyone sick of Pearls Before Swine yet?



Look beyond the bazooka-toting, disco-dancing dog and there’s a very valuable lesson here.  We’ve all got dreams, right?  Hopes?  Aspirations?  There will always be a million little things standing in your way, and plenty of people to tell you you can’t do it, that you should just give it up.  But you can’t listen to the haters, man!  Flex that pointer finger, buff up that dance floor, and arm yourselves with the bazooka of positive thinking and perserverence!  There is a time to dance, and your time…is now.

All this talk of dreams reminds me of those sage words from the incomparable Debbie Allen’s Ms. Grant.  “You got big dreams?  You want fame?  Well, fame costs. And right here is where you start paying…in sweat.”  My sister, Madhousewife, and I spent many an afternoon in our adolescence at the piano singing along to such classics as Fame, Flashdance, Footloose.  Sometimes we’d do a duet with me at the bass clef and she at the treble (or vice versa—I was always at whichever end had less notes), and sometimes she would just play while I sang or sometimes she would play while we sang together.  These were good times, dear readers.  The best of times.

Well, on this recent trip to Portland Madhousewife bestowed upon me a gift—the value of which is, well, incalculacable.  She most graciously and generously bequeathed (I think it’s actually more of a loan, but “loaned” isn’t nearly as poetic) her Music from the Motion Picture Footloose Soundtrack piano sheet music to yours truly.  I’m sure I need not tell you, dear reader, of the tenderosity of this moment.

So I’d now like to commemorate this destined to be historic event with the first ever bythelbs’ virtual (pretend) piano-side sing along, Footloose style.  Footloose, as I’m sure you know, is a veritable treasure trove of classic 80s melodies, so it is somewhat difficult to choose just one for this momentous occasion.  But I’m sure you will agree that ultimately the only choice that could be made is:

Feel free to be Mike (Ren) or Ann (Ariel).  I, personally, enjoy flipping back and forth between the two.

OK, Mikes, here we go:

I thought that dreams belonged to other men, ’cause each time I got close they’d fall apart again.


I feared my heart would beat in secrecy.  I faced the nights alone.

And together:

Oh how could I have known that all my life I only needed you?

Whoa oh—almost paradise, we’re knocking on heaven’s door.  Almost paradise; how could we ask for more?  I swear that I can see forever in your eyes—paradise.

And second verse!  Mikes:

It seems like perfect love’s so hard to find.  I’d almost given up; you must have read my mind;

Sing it, Anns!

and all these dreams I saved for a rainy day, they’re fin’lly comin’ true.

Together now!

I’ll share them all with you ’cause now we hold the future in our hands.

Whoa oh—almost paradise, we’re knocking on heaven’s door.  Almost paradise; how could we ask for more?  I swear that I can see forever in your eyes—paradise.

Big finish, Mikes!

And in your arms salvation’s not so far away.  It’s getting closer,

Anns, come in like you mean it!

closer ev’ry day.  Almost paradise, we’re knocking on heaven’s door.  Almost paradise; how could we ask for more?  I swear that I can see forever in your eyes—paradise, paradise, (and one more time with painful bliss!…or just pain) paradise.


I just feel so close to you all right now.  Any requests for next time?


15 Responses to “Friday Funnies: Flashback edition”

  1. Susan M August 1, 2008 at 7:28 am #

    Man. I had no idea that song was by Mike Reno and Anne Wilson. What a trip.

    Next time, some Fame, please. And I’m totally sending you the Fame record I just digitized.

  2. bythelbs August 1, 2008 at 10:27 am #

    Done! You want to sing the body electric or are you in a more gospelly Never Alone mood? And thanks for the record. Lov. Ing. It.

  3. madhousewife August 1, 2008 at 12:13 pm #

    I need to dig out my Fame soundtrack. I know the sheet music’s around here someplace…but I don’t know if I can part with it quite yet. You’ve made me so nostalgic for the old days.

  4. bythelbs August 1, 2008 at 12:25 pm #

    I’ve been listening to the Fame soundtrack all morning–I forgot what a disco vibe it has. How could I forget? Too much awesome for one morning. Between rockin’ out to Fame and cleaning my girls’ room, I’m exhausted.

    Mad—I won’t ask you to part with it. But next time we get together we’ll have to pull it out and relive the glory days.

  5. Alison Wonderland August 2, 2008 at 11:51 am #

    I’m all about footloose, Fame, not so much. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Fame.

    I have to stop making these confessions (I’ve never seen Fame, i don’t love the office…) you guys are going to realize that I was the loser who didn’t even have a members only jacket in elementary school.

  6. Alison Wonderland August 2, 2008 at 11:55 am #

    Huh. That wasn’t supposed to be a smiley or a winky, it was supposed to be a parenthese. But I was thinking about a winky at the end.

  7. bythelbs August 2, 2008 at 12:07 pm #

    Alison—You don’t have to have seen the movie to appreciate the music. And you also don’t have to like all the same things to be a non-loser. You have enough of your own awesomeness going on. 😉 (intentional winky)

  8. flip flop mama August 2, 2008 at 3:12 pm #

    I love that song! I tried singing along to my half asleep husband, but he wasn’t impressed…So brings me back! (And I totally love your little commentary on the lyrics)

  9. Boquinha August 3, 2008 at 6:56 pm #

    Awesome. This post makes me want to share that we’ve found Trivial Pursuit 80’s Edition on a $10 clearance table. We’re so excited! 🙂

  10. Julie August 4, 2008 at 9:26 am #

    So, it’s Monday morning, my kids are all around me at the computer and we’re all rocking out to Almost Paradise. It’s over now and they’re begging, “Let’s listen to Hairadice again.” And from the do’s in the video…I think they’ve got it right.

    And I know I’m revealing myself as a wee little tyke here, but I had forgotten most of the songs from that movie besides Footloose. I WAS only 5 when it came out. Not to worry, though, I did watch it plenty on VHS…I think I’d like to watch it again. Soon. Thanks for the reminder. What a great song. Really.

  11. bythelbs August 4, 2008 at 10:16 am #

    Hairadice–love it! Hey, I was only 10 when it came out, but definitely old enough to recognize awesomeness when I saw it. And I’m thinking I need to scrounge me up a DVD!

  12. cheryl August 4, 2008 at 1:05 pm #

    The problem with viewing movies like Footloose, Fame, 16 Candles, Grease, etc. are that when I saw them as a child/tween, they were so flippin’ awesome! Now when I see them as an adult, I’m like: What the freak!?! These movies are so dirty!!

    Good Times.

  13. bythelbs August 4, 2008 at 1:12 pm #

    Watch your language, Cheryl! You know what kind of freaks I’ll have here with a word like “dirty”?!

  14. cheryl August 4, 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    Vaccuum Cleaner salesmen?? 😉


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