...for a different kind of girl

silent surburban girl releasing her voice, not yet knowing what all she wants to say about her life and the things that make it spin. do you have to be 18 to be here? you'll know when i know.

Friday, February 29, 2008

do you ever think...

  • Rick Springfield ever gets tired of singing "Jessie's Girl" for a bunch of 40 year old women who don't so much care he has a new album coming out as they simply wish to relive the glory that was 1981? *
  • Sitting in a perfectly quiet room with just the sound of the clock ticking is the best. thing. ever. And that it might be considered extreme if you were to take said clock and perhaps, oh, I don't know, smash it so you didn't even hear that?
  • Perhaps five - OK, maybe five - hours of sleep a night for the past, oh, three nights barely scratches the surface of what someone, let's call someone "me," needs to still be sane in the morning?
  • Writing things with a period between every word (i.e. "best. thing. ever.") gets a little annoying sometime?
  • Talking to yourself is much more fun when done in an Irish accent? Is that just me? No, wait. "Is that just me, laddy?"
  • Seriously. Rick Springfield had more than one hit, people. Let's let "Jessie's Girl" get some rest.
  • You should apologize to any actual Irish readers (I know you're out there. You can come in. I won't put on the bad fake accent for you, I swear!) for thinking you can sound like them, but it's really a sitcom voice at best?
  • Mother Nature is a tease when one day it's 40 degrees out and you're whistling a happy tune at the car wash, and the next, it's snowing and you're regretting ever telling that bitch you loved her?
  • You should just apologize openly to everyone you owe emails to because, well, good intentions can be easily clobbered when you sit down to respond and find 3 hours of "Family Guy" episodes on your DVR and suddenly it's like an hour later and you're in a bit of a stupor?
  • Life is too short not to just say screw it about the cake and dive right into the container of frosting?
  • Enough "Jessie's Girl" already! You want to hear "Bop 'Til You Drop" sometimes?

* I hope not because, hello? I love you, Rick Springfield!

I. Love. You.

This picture barely scratches the surface of the Rick Springfield items I proudly own. All the LPs - all of them! - and my huge posters are stored at my Mom's. Note that these items (I'm sure my 45 of Jessie's Girl is an antique) rest on a concert Tshirt which I proudly wore while fighting my way to the front of the stage when Rick came to play live for me here in 2000, and whatever, I let hundreds of people in to see, too, because it was hot outside and I felt bad that they had to stand outside.

So sing Jessie's Girl on a continuous loop for me, Richard Lewis Springthorpe. Perhaps while naked. I mean, only if you're OK with that.

I love you.

Call me.



Blogger Sailor said...

hmmm. For many of these- Yeah, it's all just you. :)

But not for "Jesse's Girl". Give that one a rest, I agree.

Friday, February 29, 2008 11:21:00 AM  
Blogger Laura B. said...

Now...I'd love to be in a room all by myself with a fan blowing...none of the clock ticking stuff. I'd have a ticking clock smashed in a matter of minutes. Now a blowing fan helps drown out the voices in my head....


Friday, February 29, 2008 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there, first time visitor, followed a link from another blog. I like what I've read and will be stopping by again soon.

For what it's worth, as long as he's getting paid for it, I don't think Rick Springfield will ever tire from singing "Jesse's Girl". And for that matter as long as it's getting him the female attention I wouldn't either.... :-)

Friday, February 29, 2008 12:50:00 PM  
Blogger FTN said...

Picture: FTN is eight years old, and his cousin has just pulled out an album he got from the library (yes, you could get albums from the library, because who has money for albums when they're eight years old?). It's Rick Springfield. Bop Til You Drop. Great song. Good times, that.

Picture: FTN is twelve years old. He's more mature. He's in junior high. And he's progressed on to cassette tapes, albeit dubbed ones from his older brother, cuz still? Money is in short supply. Rick Springfield has attempted a career comeback with "Rock of Life." It instantly legendary top-shelf status in my tiny library of dubbed cassette tapes. Up there with Belinda Carlisle and Richard Marx. Classic stuff.

Now, I just picture the scenes in "Music and Lyrics" where Hugh Grant's character is playing 20-year old songs at amusement parks to groups of middle aged women.

Friday, February 29, 2008 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger Nanette said...

I think I'm guilty of perpetuating the Jessie's Girl one hit wonder phenomenon! But.I.love.Jessie's.Girl!
Family Guy can trump emails any day o' tha week lassie, in my not so (h)umble opinion.

Friday, February 29, 2008 1:27:00 PM  
Blogger Desmond Jones said...

Well, you know, Blaise Pascal once said that the biggest problem of modern man is that he doesn't know how to spend 20 minutes quietly, alone in his room (no, really; he said that!)

So, you're ahead of the curve on that one, eh?

I never particularly paid much attention to Rick Springfield (is he related to Buffalo Springfield?), but the notion of 40-somethings shelling out cash to listen to 20-year-old songs just makes me smile, and think about going to see Sir Paul. Only that was 60-somethings shelling out BIG money to hear 40-year-old songs. . .

Friday, February 29, 2008 2:06:00 PM  
Blogger Edtime Stories said...

where can I find me a woman like that?

Friday, February 29, 2008 3:33:00 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

If I didn't know any better I'd think you had the hots for old Ricky boy. Either that or you watched Oprah recently...

Friday, February 29, 2008 4:46:00 PM  
Blogger Bee said...

Me and mother nature will come to blows soon. Only one of us will survive. I'll tell her you said "Hi" will I'm choking the life out of her.

Friday, February 29, 2008 7:36:00 PM  
Blogger The Savage said...

I lust you.... The Irish accent thing... oh yeah.. I am so digging that! I do it too but with a really bad (on purpose bad) Irish accent....

I would so make homemade pink icing by the tun (look it up.. its bigger than a barrel) for you....

Friday, February 29, 2008 8:33:00 PM  
Blogger 1blueshi1 said...

don't worry, no matter HOW you feel, you are now and forever crowned Sexy McSexerson for me!

it does feel kinda weird typing that as countless numbers of children swarm my home yelling at each other through their Optimus Prime voice-changing masks....perhaps I can persuade them to begin threatening each other in Irish accents?

Friday, February 29, 2008 9:38:00 PM  
Blogger kimmyk said...

man i remember listening to rick back in the 80's [cause yeah i'm that old] and i loved "don't talk to strangers" [are you singing that in your head now? jus' checkin'!]

Paging Dr Noah Drake...Paging Dr Noah Drake...STAT!

Okay so, I'm Irish..and that's all I got to say about that.

Saturday, March 01, 2008 5:24:00 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Mother Nature is totally on my sh!t list right now.

I want to hear "I've Done Everything For You"!!! Dr. Noah Drake . . . *swoon*

I talk to myself in a British accent mostly, though I do haul out the Scot and German accents for special occasions.

Saturday, March 01, 2008 6:21:00 AM  
Blogger Scarlett Wanna Be said...

I am going on 5 hours for the past 3 days and basically, I am worthless right now.

My friend got hit on by Rick Springfield. He invited her back to his hotel room. She didn't go.

I have email problems. I don't know what to do about it. I've got peeps everywhere waiting on a response but Big D keeps distracting me with his big eyes and long lashes.

Saturday, March 01, 2008 8:19:00 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

I stumbled here via Mike - "I've Done Everything For You" was Rick's finest song in my opinion.

Saturday, March 01, 2008 10:15:00 AM  
Blogger Choppzs said...

Love the ticking fan (sorry, but i do, it's soothing to me)

Love Family Guy!

Love Irish accents. Any man with a good irish accent (not some fake imitation) could have me just with his voice!

Haven't heard Jessie's Girl enough to hate it, but can guarantee if I heard it a couple times, I just might get sick of it! lol

Saturday, March 01, 2008 10:42:00 AM  
Blogger Choppzs said...

I meant ticking clock! Damnitt! lol

Saturday, March 01, 2008 10:42:00 AM  
Blogger Tom Allen said...

Absolutely. Freakin'. True.

Saturday, March 01, 2008 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Mother Nature and I had words the other day, but she had the stronger argument (something about Michigan and February and what did I expect). Bitch.

Saturday, March 01, 2008 3:14:00 PM  
Blogger Chag said...

Actually, I'm sure Rick enjoys reliving the glory that was 1981, too. And I agree with bunny -- I've Done Everything For You was his best song.

Saturday, March 01, 2008 8:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love rick too. he was on Oprah the other day....singing You Bettah Love Somebody! and Oprah's all trying to act like she even knows who the hell Rick is as they flashed the camera on her and she's mouthing the wrong words!

Oh, and Rick on General Hospital-yum yum. Does the man ever age? nope. me thinks not, laddie. :)

Have a great sunday,my favorite different kinda gal!

Sunday, March 02, 2008 6:48:00 AM  
Blogger Mandy Lou said...

hmmm, a quiet room makes me a bit edgy, but Rick Springfield makes it better, and an Irish accent just makes it perfect!

Sunday, March 02, 2008 6:54:00 PM  
Blogger for a different kind of girl said...

Sailor - I tried. I really tried to give "Jessie's Girl" a rest, alas, I had a bit of a Rick Springfield dance party in my kitchen Saturday. It's pretty much always the first RS song that gets played!

Laura - I may need an industrial sized fan to entirely blow out the sound of the voices in my head!

Chexmate - Thanks for following a link and hanging out! No doubt that "singing to admiring women"
is part of the secret of Rick's success!

FTN - You and I would have gotten along just fine as kids. Except for the side fact that you are younger than I am and it would have been a littel weird having you tag around me when I was trying to get the attention of boys my age, Rick Springfield dubbed tape fan or not.

By the by, I was one of those middle age women screaming for Rick Springfield at a giant - and sold out - concert hall a few years ago.

Now, you know what would rock? Some RS for GH!

Nan - You should have been here for my Saturday kitchen dance party! RS' greatest hits cd, me, 20minutes with no "hey, mom"...bliss.

It. Was. Bliss.

Des - Lord, if I ever got 20 minutes of quiet, I think I'd actually have to be in a coma!

Ed - The key is to be funny, to be cool with the lines!

Chuck - Oh, I most definitely have the hots for Rick! Ask Nan, with whom I was chatting when I saw a commercial that said he was going to be on Oprah, and I may have screamed it in an IM kind of way!

Bee - You tell Mother Nature "Take that!" a few times for me. No mercy. Sweep the knee. Sweep. The. Knee.

Savage - My, but more than 250 gallons of pink frosting, eh? You've got yer work cut out fer ya, laddy!

1blueshi1 - I've tried that whole Irish accent thing with the Darth Vader voice changing masks my boys have. SEXY!

Kimmy - Rick (Why hello, Dr. Drake. Are you here to perform open heart surgery? Because my heart is racing!) speaks what I'd tell everyong. Definitely don't talk to strangers. They'll only use you up. Gross. I've known some really gross strangers.

You're not a stranger, though. Strange, maybe, but that's in line with me, baby! Woo hoo! Get over here and make my half Irish eyes smile!

Bunny - Sometimes I think I make up accents completely unknown to the world. Um, I also act out one-man plays in my head sometimes. I shouldn't even admit that, but seriously, I think I could win awards, I'm *that* good!

Know what else is good? "I've Done Everything for You"!! That is definitely good!

Scarlett - I'm writing this to you know basically in a zombified state. I need sleep. I need silence. I need a drink.

I have a friend who rode in a car that took Rick Springfield back to the airport once after a show. So, by a degree or two of separation, I've basically shown Rick Springfield my boobs. I blame *his* dreamy eyes and long lashes!

Sandra - Thanks for stumbling in and commenting. I enjoy seeing new people visit! I totally agree with you on your song choice, too!

Choppzs - I wouldn't even pack up if some nice man with an authentic Irish accent knocked on my door right now. I'd throw down the remote on the episode of "Family Guy" and be off!

Tom - More new faces! Or should I say: More. New. Faces!

Either way - So. True. Right?

Melissa - Want to know what that bitch pulled today? I'll tell you. Sixty four and sunny all morning. Get outta church? What's that? Rain. No, wait. It's sleet. WTF? SNOW?! I'm kicking that bitch the next time I see her!

Chag - I say whatever bankrolls the nice house in Malibu would be what I'd sing over and over again!

Katie - Oh, how I love "You Better Love Somebody"! And I loved me some young Dr. Noah Drake, but I totally tuned back into General Hospital when he did a return stint as the good doctor a couple years ago. I will follow RS to the ends!

Mandy - Yeah! It's Mandy! I just wish I could get 20 minutes in a quiet room. I had it briefly yesterday, but I caved to the silence and made do with my version of having Rick Springfield in there with me - his greatest hits blaring in my house. Perhaps I danced an Irish jig. FYI - and Irish jig doesn't really jam it to the Rick!

Sunday, March 02, 2008 6:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Lady Calliah said...

For me, it was Air Supply. I owned everything. I have a PATCH to sew onto my imaginary denim jacket, for god's sakes! Before them, it was Shaun Cassidy. After Air Supply - MICHAEL pleaseletmecatchasinglehair BOLTON :D

Monday, March 03, 2008 8:13:00 AM  
Blogger ClaireBoe said...

I'll share him with ya. He sang the sound track for my first love, so I simply must have him...but I will share. :-)

Monday, March 03, 2008 10:11:00 PM  
Blogger for a different kind of girl said...

Lady C - I still own all my Shaun Cassidy albums and posters. I shouldn't complain about my kids' taste for cover tunes when I think about how I was mad for Shaun's version of "Da Do Run Run".

Claireboe - I am sure we can work out an equitable custody arrangement!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008 8:53:00 AM  
Blogger Kimmie Kay said...

First time visitor here sent over by Katie from Cuppa Joe cause I AM Jessie's Girl, LOL! I have been in love with Rick since I was 13 and man he IS still yummy! I have to say as one who goes to lots of Rick concerts still, "I Get Excited" is the most fun live song, but me and my peeps have always had a soft spot for "Love Somebody". It's the soundtrack to our 80's "good times" days. :) Nice to meet you, love the blog!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008 9:07:00 PM  
Blogger for a different kind of girl said...

kimmie kay - Thanks for coming by. Hope you'll come around again! I didn't get to see Rick in concert until 2000 because my parents never wanted to take me as a kid! They didn't understand why I spent the bulk of a family vacation on a search for the "Working Class Dog" album because I couldn't find it anywhere where I lived! So seeing him finally (!) as an adult was just as insane as if I had been 13! The tank tops. The roses. Yes. Yes. Yes!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008 9:51:00 PM  

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