I really, really, really need to be doing homework (after a tough session with a Tracey Mallet workout DVD), but after reading the “MTV Is 30” article in the DemGaz, I’ve got to take a few to spew some words.
It makes perfect sense for MTV to hit the big 30; when it debuted, Liz was a 1 ½, Ben was almost 3 and we were a couple of months away from learning my dad was dying of cancer. I was a stay at home mom, and MTV became the soundtrack of our lives.
Martha Quinn, Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman and Nina Blackwood were invited guests into our homes every dat. I still recognize their voices in a heartbeat (even though Nina sounds rather like an old man these days on Sirius Satellite Radio) and regularly listen to Mark Goodman on Spectrum.
(I’ve even been told that I remind someone of Nina Blackwood. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not, but I’ll take it.)
The kids and I were the Three Musketeers and we dug our music. Ben even went through a spell of wanting to be a dancer, and he had some damn good moves for a toddler. He got lots of inspiration from Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire in old movies we’d watch, but most of it came from Michael Jackson, especially in “Thriller.”
Oddly, that video didn’t scare the kids at all, but Hall and Oates “Maneater” freaked my little boy out. When he’d hear it in the night, he’d get out of bed and come to me for comfort. Funny what kids pick up on.
One of Liz’s favorite videos later turned out to be one of her dance recital songs, Tony Basil’s “Hey Mickey.” MTV spawned lots of one-hit wonders.
I quit watching when it went from all music to all crappy shows, though Beavis and Butthead made for a nice bonding experience with my son and totally cracked us up. Even my stepdad watched it.
Anyway, happy birthday MTV. You brought joy into some dreary days and used to be very cool. Here, in no particular order, are some of our absolute faves from back in the day. (Some have short commercials. Worth the wait.) Enjoy.
(Liz’s first love) Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark”
(Ben’s big crush) Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven Is a Place on Earth”
Rock god Robert Plant’s “Big Log”
My man Huey Lewis’s “If This Is It”
And two from The Cars, who are, happily, back in the saddle again!
OK, I’ve spent way too much time on this, but music soothes my soul. I hope you enjoy the blast from the past as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it.
Now on to the hard stuff. Grad school’s not for sissies.