Find Your Personal Theme Song
If you had to choose, what would be your theme song? Not the one that describes you, per se, but the one you want to sing along with when you’re ready to let loose. In my opinion, when it comes to having fun, it helps to have a theme song, you know, to get you in the proper state of mind. Heck, sitcoms have ‘em. Why not you?
The Women Who Run With the Moose have had the same theme song for ages. But that all changed a few months ago, when Celeste, Rita, Betty Dot, Shirley, and me were down to the Juggernaut Lounge at the Holiday Inn for a girls night out.
It was Karaoke Night, and all the usual suspects were there. Henry Duquette (bless his heart) got up and sang the same song he does every week, "Pretty Woman.” Alas, he's no Roy Orbison. ‘Course, you could understand him better if he put his teeth in. Violet Hughes does a pretty decent job with “Crazy.” (You know, that Patsy Cline song.) She always sounds so heartfelt because Violet has a crush on the bartender, Barney. But that’s going nowhere, see, ‘cause Barney’s “not a ladies man,” if you know what I’m saying. To each his own, right? But in my opinion, Violet should move on.
So anyways, us girls were gearing up for our big number, Reba McEntire’s "I'm a Woman.” It’s a routine we put together when we started country line dancing, you know, back in the early Paleozoic era. It’s kind of our signature number, and a pretty darn good theme song, too.
Well, I got a twenty-dollar gold piece says
there ain't nothing I can't do
I can make a dress out of a feed bag
and I can make a man out of you
'Cause I'm a woman! W-O-M-A-N,
Let me say it again
'Cause I'm a woman! W-O-M-A-N
Well, no sooner did we hop off the stage, when this group of young women from over in Dexter get up. Turns out they had a theme song, too: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” And they nailed it! I mean, dancing and singing at the top of their voices. They just owned that song! Celeste, Rita, Betty, Dot, Shirley, and me were so impressed, we dubbed them honorary “Women Who Run With the Moose” for the night.
Later, when we piled into Shirley’s Bonneville for the ride home, I says to the girls, “You know what? I got nothing against our theme song, but I think we should give theirs a try.”
“Fine!” goes Betty. “You get a recording of it, and we’ll learn it!” Everyone agreed.
I was going to buy that Cyndi Lauper CD the next time us girls went to Bangor, but my niece Caitlin said she’d “download” the song for me and burn a CD. While she was at it, I had her make one for all the Women Who Run With the Moose. We may not be quite ready for the Juggernaut Lounge, but we play that song in the car whenever we go on a road trip. Heck, I sing it in the shower!
Sometimes when Charlie’s not home, I crank up “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and I blast my way through the house cleaning with a little singing and dancing thrown in for good measure. It’s just such a perky number! Our little dog Scamp doesn’t know quite what to make of the whole thing, and usually trots off to hide in his crate. I don’t take it personal. I’m too busy letting loose.
They wanna have fu-un.
Just wanna have fun.
That’s it for now. Catch you on the flip side!
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