...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.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

why we can't decide if we should have another baby...

The following conversation randomly transpired between my husband and me last week as we were enjoying a child-free Friday afternoon. Pull up a chair and listen in...

Him: "I wonder what Dennis DeYoung is up to."
Me: "What?" (as in "What? Are you serious?")
Him: "I said I'm curious what Dennis DeYoung is up to."
Me: "Do you mean Dennis DeYoung as in the former lead singer of Styx or Dennis DeYoung as in someone you work with who just happens to have the same name as the former lead singer of Styx?"
Him: "Dennis DeYoung as in the former lead singer of Styx."
Me, while thinking that, aside from in his own home, this may be the most times Dennis DeYoung's name has been spoken aloud since 1984: "Is Dennis DeYoung a friend of yours? Does he owe you money? Are you thinking of childhood friends and the dreams you had? Why do you care?"
Him: "I'm just curious! I hope he's doing OK these days."
Me: "I bet Dennis DeYoung would be happy to know that you care so much. Also, somewhere tonight, I'm sure Richard Marx and Sheena Easton will sleep peacefully knowing you're out there."

(Scarily, the next day, I was reading the upcoming concert listings published in our newspaper and who do you think is slated to play here this summer? Dennis freakin' DeYoung! Hello, big time! I was a bit creeped out when I saw that because now I wonder if my husband isn't some kind of modern day Nostrodamus. If so, he probably sees us standing in the crowd this July, rocking' the Paradise, singing Come Sail Away. Good times.)



(I post this with nothing but respect for Dennis DeYoung. I just don't worry about him as much as my husband. So no need to bust my chops like when I questioned the power of Weird Al. Or for using a phrase like "bust my chops." Finally, while my husband may carry Dennis DeYoung in his heart, it's Tommy Shaw I'm worried about. If you have news on how he's doing these days, please let me know.)

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33 Comments:

Blogger Bogart in P Towne said...

While I have never wondered about Dennis and I worry about your husband doing so, the wondering about stars gone by does happen from time-to-time...usually, mine involve baseball players of times past.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 9:33:00 AM  
Blogger FTN said...

Tommy? Oh, I hear he's far from home. I can hear him crying. He's scared and all alone.

He must be in some sort of legal trouble, because I heard there's a high price on his head.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger Backpacking Dad said...

Why oh why did I click "Play" on that video? 8am is too early in the morning to throw up in my mouth.

And I let my daughter hear the song; I think CPS is on the way.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 10:13:00 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

Don't knock standing there singing Come Sail Away until you've tried it! LOL! Really, though Blue Collar Man is the song that drives everyone wild.

Oh screw it - I just read ftn's comment, and I can't possibly beat that.

I have seen STYX in concert three times, though. Recently.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger XI Summit said...

I ain't clicking, no sir, ain't gonna happen .... spent 3 college semesters next to the entire New York Styx fan club in my college days, that stuff punded through the wall 24hrs every day ..... pure evil, I says.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous TwoBusy said...

Wow. It's not just a music video... there's dialogue! It's like a major motion picture. Only much shorter, and with crappier music.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger Mandy Lou said...

Wow, it was worse than I remember, sad...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger Laura B. said...

The only thing going through my head was the "Dramatic Groundhog" Bum Bum Buuuummmmm when he took his shades off. Ha!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 12:12:00 PM  
Anonymous prom queen said...

You know, just a few years ago, some people - not you and your husband, of course, but your redneck alter-egos - were probably having this same type of conversation about Billy Ray Cyrus. Do we see the next Disney teen queen/daddy duo on the horizon? If so, well you saw it here first. I do not even know if Tommy Shaw and Dennis DeYoung have daughters, but never let facts get in the way of a good theory.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 1:26:00 PM  
Blogger Nanette said...

I love me a little Styx. :)

Maybe it was his tool man way of saying that he'd love to have another child as long as he can have another boy and name him Dennis. I know, I'm reaching here. ;)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 3:14:00 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Tommy was just here. He and JY played a local high school auditorium. I sh!t you not. Dennis DeYoung sang with our local symphony a couple years ago. Actually Tommy lives not far from me, near Ted Nugent's place. That's how they hooked up for Damn Yankees.

I love Styx (I still have my VINYL Pieces of Eight and Paradise Theater albums), but c'mon guys, it's time to pack it in.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 5:51:00 PM  
Blogger The Savage said...

And me? I wonder about Murray Head....

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 8:24:00 PM  
Blogger 1blueshi1 said...

ohmygod, I'm sitting here laughing out loud! "that may be the most times Dennis DeYoung's name has been spoken outside of his own home"--you are a riot, grrl! And I swear, the beer sitting next to my keyboard has NOTHING to do with it...hehehe.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 10:00:00 PM  
Blogger That girl from Shallotte said...

I think he's still pondering those summer nights when he was young and dreamed of things he'd never done at some place tragically named Desert Moon.

And now I'll ponder why, out of all the brain cells I have left from the 80s, I remember that song.

Like yer blog.

Thursday, March 13, 2008 1:06:00 AM  
Blogger Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Random conversations TOTALLY out of the blue rock my world!! They keep things interesting and give us stuff to blog about!

Halie :)

Thursday, March 13, 2008 6:25:00 AM  
Blogger Scarlett Wanna Be said...

This sounds like a conversation Big D and I would have. You know who I worry about? Tiffany. I know, she has been on "Where Are They Now" several times, but every once in a while, I do her hand dance and I think, "Wow, she had so much going for her...what a shame."

Thursday, March 13, 2008 8:50:00 AM  
Blogger Bee said...

As long as he didn't ask about David Lee Roth. I HATE David Lee Roth!

Thursday, March 13, 2008 9:57:00 AM  
Blogger Bee said...

Okay, that sounded harsh. I dislike him intensely... no, I hate him!

Thursday, March 13, 2008 9:58:00 AM  
Blogger Desmond Jones said...

OK, so, um, what does this have to do with deciding if you should have another baby?

Just curious. . .

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And gosh, Nan. . .

"I love me a little Styx."

Umm, wow. Does your husband know you talk about him like that?

(snicker) Sorry. . .

Thursday, March 13, 2008 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger Millie said...

(found your blog through Jean Knee's)

Did you actually question the power of Weird Al? My heavens. But I promise not to bust your chops for it.

"Is this the train to Desert Moon?" was all she said...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger April said...

omg...
and would you believe STYX is gonna be here on my birthday with Def Leppard & REO Speedwagon??

I do not joke....:)

Thursday, March 13, 2008 12:20:00 PM  
Blogger Desmond Jones said...

Anybody heard from Pete Best recently?

Thursday, March 13, 2008 1:14:00 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

It would be cool if ole Dennis Googled himself and found this post. I'm sure it would warm his heart!

Thursday, March 13, 2008 5:34:00 PM  
Blogger katie said...

ahh, yeah, baby! damn, that was classic. and awesomely bad fashions to boot!

You have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 13, 2008 7:53:00 PM  
Blogger for a different kind of girl said...

Bogart - I must admit part of the surprise I had with this conversation was the fact that my husband was curious about someone who hadn't appeared on an old sci fi program, which would be more his interest.

FTN - This saddens me to hear this about Tommy. I kept telling him, "Babe, these are the best of times! Please, don't get snowblind! However, he kept insisting he was gonna sit on that barstool, and was talking like a damn fool. I suggested he get a job. You know, get some security. He assured me he'd take those long nights, impossible odds. I felt good about his future. A couple weeks later, he threw that in my face with a smug laugh, and told me I was fooling myself if I didn't believe he was an angry young man. I had to leave then, so his fate now saddens me. If only I'd had a cyrstal ball, I'd have not gotten this case of suite madame blues.

Backpacking Dad - Sorry! I hope she's not been terribly traumatized. On the flipside, I can't stop watching this video! I am this close to needing an intervention.

Melody - My confession is this: When I saw that Dennis DeYoung was going to be here this summer, I can't stop thinking of actually being at his show and singing the hits of Styx. Please! To sing "Come Sail Away" en masse? Yes, please!

XI - Part of me thinks your college experience would have been a dream. The other part of me is kind of happy I was on a floor filled with an ecclectic mix of everything from Bon Jovi to the Violent Femmes. But nonstop performances of the Pardise Theater album? Dreamland...

Twobusy - I know, right! It made me yearn a little bit for the innocent days when music videos were more than just performance shots. Plus, it's practically a drinking game! Everytime Dennis looks longingly into the horizon, lift one! Of course, the next scene is usually Dennis lifting one, so, you know, he knows. Yes, he knows.

Mandy lou - Oh, but it's a masterpiece! Of cheese.

Laura - I keep watching it and just before he says it, I'm all "Kiss me." Not because I want Dennis DeYoung to kiss me, of course, but because I can't stop watching this and saying the dialogue along with it!

Prom Queen - OMG! Oh, I would so want in on this pitch! A little internet research at least indicated Dennis has daughters, but they're grown. Therefore, let's pitch it as a granddaughter, ashamed of yet slightly amused by her rocker-lite granddad! Then, Tommy could make random appearances in some episodes. When he rings the doorbell, it plays Mr. Roboto. Oh, this could be rich!

Nan - I'm a secret fan of a little Styx, as well. We're so not alone!

Bunny - Tommy and Ted live near you!? How perfect is that!? I'd dig out the vinyl Styx I have in my dark lair and stand outside, hoping to have Tommy autograph them.

Savage - Somewhere, Murray Head is pleased you're worried about him!

1blueshi1 - Had my husband been drinking a beer when he pondered this topic, it would have made more sense to me that he was bringing it up!

That Girl - I know, right!? As soon as my husband said his name, rather than a Styx song, I immediately had "Desert Moon" playing in my head. Now I can't stop it from playing!

Thanks for your visit and comment. I love your blog name. I keep saying it in my head with the southern accent!

WWW - If my husband only knw how much blog fodder he'd given me, he'd probably still be reading me on the stealth!

Scarlett - After reading your comment, I couldn't help myself. I started doing the Tiffany hand dance. I did it several times during the day. I thank you for that. Seriously. I very much thank you!

Bee - Did DLR spurn you? Did he scare you with his giant mouth and/or impressive roundhouse kick? Did you just hate that cover of "California Girls"? I can see any of these options being grounds for such deep disdain!

Des - What does this have to do with us deciding if we'll have another baby? Well, it's really an example of the types of conversations my husband and I have rather than things more serious. Additionally, it is also the types of conversational slants my husband will drift off on when more important matters come up in discussion.

Not that Dennis DeYoung isn't important, mind you.

Millie - Glad you came by. Thanks for the comment! I have a healthy respect for Weird Al, and I got officially schooled when I dared to question his powers. Who knew there was such a hardcore army of Al pals out there!?

April - OMG, now that you say that, I remember that last year, this concert bill was here! As a girl who sat and waited hours for a free Night Ranger concert a few years ago, I would have been so up for that show! Please say you're going!

Des - I hear he put the beat in the Beatles.

Chuck - I laughed so hard at your comment. Then I may have done my own Google search, just to see. I must be way down there. I'm sure Dennis would be super pleased to see how many sites he generates. The people love him!

Katie - The tight, high waisted jeans. So sexy!

Friday, March 14, 2008 8:47:00 AM  
Blogger Therese in Heaven said...

It made me kinda sad that I had to look up every person mentioned to know what you were talking about.
:(

Oh, except for Weird Al.

Friday, March 14, 2008 3:07:00 PM  
Blogger kimmyk said...

did your husband wake up one morning and fall out of bed and hit his head?

only styx dude i know is tommy shaw.

i dunno this dennis deyoung dude.
y'all must be way older than me. *snort*

Saturday, March 15, 2008 7:15:00 AM  
Blogger Stacie said...

Oh Sheena's doing just fine...I saw her a year or so ago when she made an appearance at the Wolf's Den and she sang her little heart out..sounded just as good as she did back in the day, and talked a lot about her kid...As for the others though...hard tellin'..
Stacie

Saturday, March 15, 2008 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger Chag said...

Come Sail Away is one of the greatest songs in the history of rock. No debate. There used to be a band around here that closed every show they did with a cover of this song. Only they would "sing" the high pitched (spaceship?) noises in the middle (which was edited out of the version you linked to).

I worry about actresses. Like Winona Ryder. And Parker Posey now that she's doing a sitcom.

Sunday, March 16, 2008 10:20:00 PM  
Blogger for a different kind of girl said...

Therese - This confession of yours makes me both smile and feel a little sad. Even about Weird Al. Ha!

kimmy - This is the kind of business I have to deal with on a regular basis where that man's involved. Me, him, Dennis, and Tommy.

We're old, but the good thing is, Tommy Shaw is older than us!

Stacie - My husband, who secretly holds the title of world's biggest Sheena Easton fan, will be happy to know this bit of news you've shared with me. I'm going to call him later today and tell him!

Chag - I do have a loving respect for Styx, and totally agree with your assessment of "Come Sail Away". Honestly, there have been days I've wandered around the house singing it for no reason!

I, too, worry about Parker Posey. Indie film darling to sitcom actress? What's up with that?

Monday, March 17, 2008 8:51:00 AM  
Blogger 2amsomewhere said...

If you do find Tommy, could you let him know I've been trying to track him down. I'd love to get his autograph on my "Girls With Guns" 45.

--
2amsomewhere
(stand... tall... don't think small)

Friday, March 21, 2008 10:48:00 PM  
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Saturday, March 22, 2008 7:26:00 PM  
Blogger for a different kind of girl said...

2am - Oh, I'd have him hook you up after I have him sign my Styx lps!

Saturday, March 22, 2008 8:59:00 PM  

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