The Siren Song


I can’t shop at the supermarket anymore because I’m afraid of hearing this one bad cover tune. Two times in a row, I was in Stop and Shop and was subjected to a very boring version of some chick singing “Drive.” Originally, it was recorded by the Cars and even for them, it was a stretch since it wasn’t sung by Mr. Ocasek. But this woman totally demolished the song and Stop and Shop just -won’t – stop – playing – it.


I could Google this song so you know what I’m talking about but that would mean voluntarily hearing it again. I’d rather listen to my kids fart – at least that’s entertaining. At the time, it did occur to me to use the Music DNA app on my iPhone but I wind up looking like  a fool – not hard to do, I know but it didn’t seem the right time to call even more attention to myself since I had Halloween chocolate on sale and sanitary napkins in my cart.


Hopefully, the song will never reach Samu’s ears because he’s like a digital recording gadget. Whether it’s a song, commercial, movie score or video game background tune – he’ll hum it like a digital loop until you’re ready to put yourself in a straight jacket. He must do it in school, too and I’ll find out next week during Parent Teacher conferences – but I already heard his Kumon tutor comment that “He is very…noisy.”


Sometimes, I can tune out his noise pollution because I’m powerless to shut him up. Kind of like when I’d let that telephone recording loop over and over again to “please check the number and dial again” while I was busy actually looking up the number.


Then it occurs to me how annoying the noise is and I just feel like this:


Author: Namzola_Goodness

A Japanese-American who grew up in the streets of New York during the racially volatile 70's, Nami blogs with guts, heart and humor. Dysfunctional parenting, cynical citizenship of beer to wash it all down.

14 thoughts on “The Siren Song”

  1. We’ve got one of those two legged digital recording devices in our home too. Funny how my child can remember a tone he heard in a movie two months ago but, has difficulty remembering 10-12 spelling words. Go figure.
    I’ll have to take a look at your video and see what all the hype is about. But knowing you, I’m sure it’s well worth it.
    Good luck with next week’s Parent Teacher Conference….

    1. It doesn’t always have to be – I love Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails “Hurt,” but for the most part, artists should write their own crap! And the bassist sang “Drive,” just cuz he’s blond.

  2. I hate cover tunes, but especially when they’re of songs that weren’t good to begin with by singers who shouldn’t be singing. Why do we even need music in the grocery store anyway? Isn’t listening to my kids moan and people get fatter enough sound.
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