Greetings once again, dear Friday-lovers.
With the dawn of a new Friday comes the dawn of a new “Words For Your Enjoyment” and although a post can’t technically have a dawn since it’s not measured in time but rather in text characters, I’m sure someone will still comment on this fact in the comment section with an elaborate equation or explanation on why a post can have a dawn — and I welcome it.
But more importantly than the dawn of a new day is today’s WFYE suggestion from “new face in the crowd” Phil B. who writes, “Can you talk about what 80’s music video changed your life and why?”
Well, Phil — there is no doubt about this one.
There is no doubt in my mind that ever since MTV was created in the early 80’s (and before it turned into a reality-tv show based non-music video channel) there was one music video that brought me happiness and sadness, joy and pain, sunshine and rain and changed my life so drastically that I now find myself always on the lookout for women with teased/big blonde hair and small students with glowing eyes as a sign of good things to come…
That video that changed my life forever? Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart.
Just exactly what the video was about was anyone’s guess. A woman and an eerie boarding school filled with little boys wearing flowing angel-like gowns and flying all over the place while allowing their eyes to glow that glowy-glow like the robotic kids in that Chrisopher Reeve movie. There’s music, there’s a lot of wind, there’s some great choral work and there’s also a bunch of moody moments with Bonnie Tyler staring off into the distance and singing her little, grainy heart out.
How could that NOT change ones’ life?
It taught me that, in life, sometimes when you find yourself stuck at a dark foreboding private school for small children that the only way to bring light to the situation is to sing your heart out. It taught me that, every once in awhile, flapping your arms and causing your eyes to glow can get you the attention and affection of a white-jumpsuit laden soon-to-be famous singing phenom. I learned that if you’re going to buy a huge dark foreboding private school for boys whose eyes glow during rousing choruses — that more lighting might allow you to get a better view of the festivities instead of a few awkwardly-placed candelabras.
But above all, I learned that once upon a time if you were falling in love (for example) and now you’re only falling apart (as a hypothetical situation) that there’s nothing you can do (or mostly nothing) because it’s a total eclipse of the heart. And that even if once upon a time there was light in your life (in addition to the moment that you were falling in love) but now there’s only love in the dark (even with those candleabras), that there’s just nothing you can say (at all) because there’s this total eclipse of the heart.
And on top of learning that, I would say that I probably also learned that if you are in a dark foreboding private school for levitating children…the best way to diffuse the situation is to say the equivalent of “Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse” (which is a way to get the evil spirits to just show themselves) which just happens to be “Turnaround bright eyes, Turnaround bright eyes, Turnaround bright eyes.” And if after you shout this three times the glowy-eye kids don’t show their faces, you can whisper something about the fact that there’s no one in the universe as magical and wonderous as you [them] and that there’s nothing any better and there’s nothing you just wouldn’t do… And that might work for you, too.
Sure, you say — but if that video has really changed your life like you say it has, what are some examples of the song and video helping you in your day to day life?
Good question, fictitious reader in my head…
There was a particularly important moment in my life where I was at a job interview for a job I desperately wanted to get. And at the very end of the fairly not-so-good interview, the person asked me if I had any other questions before we ended the interview and I thought about Bonnie Tyler, the video, and the wispy-floaty eye-glow kids and I said: “There’s nothing I can ask, because it’s a total eclipse of the heart.”
There was a long pause, the person looked at me with confusion, then closed the folder in front of him and said, “Will call you, then, once we make our decision.”
I didn’t get the job, but it’s a good thing I didn’t as I heard that the guy who DID get the job ended up hating it. Bad working conditions, nothing but free Sweet n’ Low in the kitchen (no real snacks) and you had to pay for your own parking spot in the parking lot — so by uttering such phrases I had dodged a horrible job and Total Eclipse had once again influenced my life in the most dramatic of ways.
Total Eclipse of the Heart. My life, encapsulated.
Next week: How Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf” influenced how I eat at a dinner party.