September 10, 2013
Hello, People of Greenland!
I wrote you guys last week and have yet to hear back from anyone. And I’d REALLY like to communicate with someone at your office. It seems that lately Greenland is all I can think about. I am consumed with Greenland. Greenland rocks! (Not to be confused with the TV theme song for the old Drew Carey show. Although I’m willing to rework the lyrics to “Cleveland Rocks” to apply to you guys if you think it would attract more tourists. P.S. Have I mentioned how much I want to come visit Greenland and write a travel review for your country? I’m just waiting for your call!)
Anyway, perhaps it’s because I live closer to the equator than you can toss a cat (not that I would ever toss a cat), but I find myself obsessed with Greenland. And I want to invite some Greenlanders to join the party over at ODNT (my blog mentioned in the first email below).
Thanks again for your time. I’m literally counting the minutes until you write back! (Alright, fine. Not literally. But I’m WAY excited!)
Michele Robert Poche
P.S. Greenland Rocks! (How do you say that in Greenlandic? I want to have bumper stickers made. At least one for me anyway.)
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Now, let’s take a look at that old TV theme song, shall we?
Seriously, how hard would it be to dub ‘Greenland’ over ‘Cleveland?’ Sure, the remaining references wouldn’t match up. But if we wanted to change a lot, we’d probably need to contact the original songwriter, Ian Hunter, for his permission. Great musician, by the way. Love him. I bet he’d do it for us.
Just let me know how you want to proceed. Okay, Greenland?
I’m linking this post up with Mama Kat’s weekly writer’s workshop. She offers five different prompts. And I chose this one: How has music changed since you were a child? When I scanned the entries, I didn’t see too many responses to this question. Which surprised me. And I was immediately reminded of this little homage I wrote almost a year ago on the 31st anniversary of my old friend, MTV. When that channel first came out and I was a kid … well, let’s just call it Camelot. Weird, gender-bending, do-I-like-him-or-do-I-just-admire-his-eye-makeup Camelot. Enjoy.
I’m hurrying to pack for my trip to NYC so today’s post is a short one. Short only on words, but long on undying love and eternal gratitude. I just wanted to wish a very special happy birthday to one of my oldest and dearest friends, MTV. You’re 31 today so it’s probably time to start thinking about settling down and maybe adding a few little MTV Jrs. to your household. Oh, and you might want to join a gym for that spare tire, old friend.
Anyway, thanks for helping me cultivate the “good” fashion sense I have today, distracting me from my homework and just generally rocking my youth. Here on this blog I’d like to share a few (dozen) of my favorite MTV videos from my tween/teen years. I’m guessing some of them haven’t been shown in decades.
In no particular order, here are my Top 25. Or at least the top 25 I could actually find online. Let’s begin with this one … since it’s where it all started for you guys. It’s still on my iPod, by the way.
Yep. This stuff passed for cool, it passed for fashion and, most of all, it passed for entertainment back in my day. And, since I actually heard my (poor, corrupted by his parents) boy singing Sixty-Eight Guns in his room yesterday, I’m going to label it all … timeless. I feel less old that way. Thanks for the memories!
Oh, and I’m just curious to all reading … which one’s your favorite?
Which one’s your LEAST favorite?
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