Good Things

So, it’s Monday, which is commonly nobody’s favorite day, so today I’m featuring a love song that’s super upbeat. I figure people could use that on Monday. (I know I can always use that.) It’s bouncy. It’s a little loud and over the top. It’s got this hot, hard-driving piano in the background. Think about Little Richard standing up and knocking the bench over and pounding out a song on the keys…but the song’s not Good Golly Miss Molly…I just wanted you all to have that visual. The song I’m talking about has a ‘Little Richard’ kind of inspiration to it, I think.

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It’s about the elation and relief that comes from knowing fortune has touched your life after a long wait and waning patience, and now your love is finally there with you. It’s about knowing how fortunate you are to have found that person, because you know some people never find love like you now have, and you maybe honestly thought you were never going to find it. It’s about just KNOWING you’ve found the right person and feeling like you want to celebrate. This song also gives me a kind of Kool and the Gang’s Celebration feel. Everybody knows that one. ‘Celebrate good times, come on!’ It’s played at every wedding reception I’ve ever attended in all of my 40 years.

This song is only a couple of years old, though. It’s a happy opus about how good things are worth waiting for and working for and not settling for less than the good things you’ve been searching for. Even when you’re sick of waiting, sick of working, sick of looking. And about recognizing the good thing you’ve found in real love with a partner you’ve truly connected with and promising to remember that feeling of euphoria and not take that good thing for granted.

It’s Eric Hutchinson’s Love Like You. (Here are the lyrics)…

Open my eyes, and there you are
Out in the distance, sun and the stars
And I feel the way it’s gonna be
Reach out and let your heart go free
This is you and me

I’ve been waiting for a love like you, I’ve been waiting for a love like you
I’ve been waiting for a love like you tonight

Broke…I was a little bit broke…was a little bit broke
Was a little bit broke…I was broken and you came my way
There’s nothing you can ever say
I’m in it to stay

I’ve been waiting for a love like you, I’ve been waiting for a love like you
So let me catch fire and blow off steam
This is a crash landing; we’re living the dream

And let me ask a question, wheels to the sky
Standing at the crossroads…look into my eyes
And anybody out there can plainly see
You’re never going to know what you do to me
Yes you do…and I say it and I say it

I’ve been waiting for a love like you, I’ve been waiting for a love like you
I’ve been waiting for a love like you tonight…Alright…

So let me catch fire and blow off steam
This a crash landing we’re living the dream
And we can freak out if you know what I mean
We can go where we go with a love supreme
I said ooh baby, it’s Russian roulette
I said ooh baby, I’ll never forget
What you did for me now, how you’re making me feel
And I’ve been waiting for a love that is finally real

I said I’ve been waiting for a love like you, I’ve been waiting for a love like you
I’ve been waiting for a love like you tonight
I’ve been waiting for a love like you
I’ve been waiting for a love like you
I’ve been waiting for a love

I’ve been writing posts for several days about love songs, and I’ve mentioned more than once how J and I don’t have the same taste in music. Not even close. And J doesn’t really like live performances all that much because he has really sensitive hearing and live performance…even symphonies and plays in the theater…tend to be loud. And Eric Hutchinson is my guy; he’s not J’s. J likes Metallica and 1980s hard rock and metal bands (I know, right? Doesn’t like loud stuff, but…he’s an enigma.) Anyway, for my birthday (which I have never been a huge fan of) in 2015, J surprised me with tickets to an Eric Hutchinson live show and he opened with a medley of this song and my all time favorite Eric Hutchinson song, Food Chain.

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Look how close we got to the stage! It was loud. The venue was over an hour away in a downtown city (which J also isn’t particularly fond of). I don’t normally enjoy surprises. Neither of us particularly like crowds, but those come with concerts. This show was amazing, though. The date was amazing. J is amazing for making that effort for me to have a good birthday. It told me a lot of things, him making that plan for my birthday that year, namely, that he knows what makes me happy, and seeing me happy is, to him, worth doing the things that make me happy even if they aren’t (or weren’t at the time) his favorite. Now, Eric Hutchinson is our son’s favorite musical artist, not just one of mine. And now, J occasionally researches tour dates for All Ages shows we could see on our summer vacation trips with the Boy.

I mean, long story short, I’m really lucky I have a love like J. He was definitely worth every second of waiting.

And for book readers, this song is the one Wes chose for his first dance with Min in Growth. I hope you can see him dancing with her to it…and mouthing all those lyrics to her as he did. I can still see it, years after I wrote that story.

Happy Monday.

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