I was having a bad day. By which I mean, nothing seriously bad was actually happening, but I was letting a million little things get on top of me. My inner zen lady had gone all quiet, drowned out by a large, ugly stress monster who was running around with its tongue hanging out, going ‘blarghghaghgh!’. (Yes, I have a propensity towards moodiness at times. Friends and family will attest. I’m working on it, but several decades of trying appear to have made little inroad.)
So I piled the kids in the car and headed off to an indoor play centre (because that’s guaranteed to snap one out of a mood, right? Ha!). As we drove, the children were doing what children generally do in cars (bickering, screeching loudly, asking for things over and over again and just generally DRIVING ME NUTS) while I breathed shallowly and tried to avoid snorting fire from my nostrils.
And then, I heard it. A sound coming from the radio. A long, drawn out note, increasing in volume. A little tinkle, like the sound of a glass breaking in the distance. And then, unmistakably, ‘chink chink chink, chink chink chink, chink chink chink, chink chink chink…’ Yes, my friends. You know what I’m talking ’bout. Livin’ On A Prayer. Bon Jovi. By the time the drum roll and the ‘ooowah ooowah oo oo oowah’ talk box thingo had kicked in, the volume had been adjusted accordingly, as loud as tiny delicate eardrums would safely allow. (They’re quite hardy, I believe).
For the next four minutes and ten seconds, it was just me, Tommy, Gina, Jon, Richie, that curly haired guy and the other dudes, giving it our all, holding on for what we got. It didn’t make a difference if we made it or not. My voice may have broken on the key change, I barely bat an eyelid. Even the backseat banshees were silent. They too, were overcome by the power of the Jove (or perhaps their mother’s incredible singing, it’s hard to say).
‘Wow Mum, that was cool,’ Etienne said afterwards. Yes Eti, it was. And just like that, the bad mood buggered off from whence it came.
What songs are your guaranteed bad mood busters?