Friday, October 21, 2005

Is Life a Highway? Apparently, I Used to Think So, but I Don't Think So Anymore

"Life Is a Highway" came on the radio on the way to work. There's always a little something special about a day that begins with a song for which you used to own the cassingle. I was trying to think back on the time in my life when "Life Is a Highway" felt so right. Was it the trite platitude of the chorus? The honky-tonk harmonica? Or the music video that resembled a commercial for a Dodge truck? What was the cassingle's b-side?

Also: does anyone have a comparative literature degree? When Cochran says "Life is a highway, I'm gonna ride it all night long," is this actually one man's premonition of his own death? Is he looking down the road of life and realizing that it ends in the morning? Are we listening to a ghost?








BOO!

6 Comments:

Anonymous brother #3116 said...

you used to have the "life is a highway" single? how then did you ever possess the authority to criticize my childhood music choices?

2:18 PM  
Blogger Worker #3116 said...

of all the things I have criticized you for, your childhood music choices have never, to the best of my memory, been one.

it was your childhood fear of flushing toilets that i criticized.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm gonna ride it all night long"? Taken out of context, of course, but . . . I don't like where that ride is going.

-CC

6:15 PM  
Anonymous tom d said...

is this actually one man's premonition of his own death? Is he looking down the road of life and realizing that it ends in the morning?

You may be giving too much credit to what is just a shitty song.

As for premonitions, he saw (as you surmised), future car commercials and the royaltys that would come with them, generated by his sappy albeit up-beat jingle looping endlessly behind scenes of hard cornering mid-sized sedans.

If it puts food on the table.

3:00 AM  
Blogger CosmicMojo said...

"cassingle"

dude...

2:41 PM  
Blogger Worker #3116 said...

This is like the George W. Bush of comments.

USE YOUR WORDS!

2:51 PM  

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