Wednesday, December 28, 2005

What is it about songs?

Patrick who often creates a ruckus got me to thinking about a Depeche Mode song that I adore. Whenever I hear it, I flash back to a sweaty summer night of dancing, many years ago, in Pensacola FL.

Now, before I go any further with this tale, I should mention that I have, for many years, been going to Pensacola FL for my annual Memorial Day weekend vacation along with most of the gay population of Atlanta, rural Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Sometimes a Texan or two will show up. We totally take over the place. It's amazing how far several million dollars (estimates vary from 5 to 8) pumped into the local economy, over the course of a single holiday weekend, will open the mind of the most fevrent Bible thumpers... but, I digress.

So, one night, I'm in a nightclub, the place is wall to wall women. It's so hot in there the walls are literally sweating. Women everywhere. (Not a man in sight.) Packed onto the dance floor, 6 deep at the bar and more, more, more coming into the bar as the night staggers drunkenly towards dawn. It's a visual smorgasbord. Any shape, size and type of woman you can think of, ranging from the hottest thing in 5 states to the most dykish stereotype walking. Me? I was newly single and busy licking my wounds, so I wasn't on the hunt... just looking... and boy did I find a sight for sore eyes. By the end of my first beer, I only had eyes for them. 2 gorgeous (oh-my-gawd-they-were-so-hot) women dancing together out on the dance floor. Obviously lovers, they paid no attention to anyone else in the place. Wrapped up in each other, they took no notice of all the women watching them. They moved intimately, fluidly graceful, dripping sensuousness, with such timing that your mind could easily imagine them... with much less clothing... doing other... rhythmic... things.

Seems the patrons of the bar weren't the only ones to notice them. In the middle of the night, with the bar packed beyond fire codes, the music suddenly stopped and the lights came crashing down. Then, in the dark wet heat of the night, we heard the faintest whisper of the opening cords to Depeche Mode's "World in My Eyes." The DJ, in her most dulcet tones, purred into her mic... "This, ladies, is for that delicious couple we've all been watching, who have found the world in each other's eyes."

With that, she brought the music to full blast and turned the gyrating lights back on to the cheers of most everyone there and the adorable blushes of the couple in question... who then promptly got lost in the song and their own world.

Let me take you on a trip
Around the world and back
And you won't have to move
You just sit still

Now let your mind do the walking
And let my body do the talking
Let me show you the world in my eyes

I'll take you to the highest mountain
To the depths of the deepest sea
We won't need a map, believe me

Now let my body do the moving
And let my hands do the soothing
Let me show you the world in my eyes

That's all there is
Nothing more than you can feel now
That's all there is

Let me put you on a ship
On a long, long trip
Your lips close to my lips
All the islands in the ocean
All the heaven's in the motion
Let me show you the world in my eyes

That's all there is
Nothing more than you can touch now
That's all there is

Let me show you the world in my eyes

Here's hoping they're still exploring the world together.


At 12:32 PM, December 28, 2005, Blogger oneslackmartian said...

I just tried to download “World in My Eyes” from Napster, but they only had the latest from Depeche Mode. It seems counterintuitive to pay for Napster, plus they only have a million songs now, compared to the bazillion before they went legit.

Haha, you’re right. I’m sure that the Pensacola 1st Baptist Savings and Loan appreciates your business.

Thanks for the post and for Ruckus for getting this started.

At 2:20 PM, December 28, 2005, Blogger writergurl said...

You know, Yahoo messenger has a jukebox. Perhaps you can find it on there. They've got LOTS of songs. I don't think you can download from them but you can at least hear the song. I think you can even hear it over and over.

I hope you get to listen to it somehow. It's a great song!

At 6:10 PM, December 28, 2005, Anonymous Eddie said...

New look. Keeping or experimenting? Or just trying to get out of writing?

At 9:07 PM, December 28, 2005, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Oh, my writergurl, you had me at "a sweaty summer night of dancing" then completed me at "dripping sensuousness."

Cold shower time!

World In My Eyes is a great song, and I can picture dancing to it back at the Trocadero or Revival in Philly back in the day, although your club sounds much HOTTER. Talk about a song laced with innuendo. Martin Gore must have been horny as hell when he wrote it, but at least it's not "dirty" or anything like some Ying Yang Twins song or whatever.

Violator itself is a grand album, with "World..." as well as another amazing song, "Halo," being truly amazing. And then we can go back to Never Let Me Down, Behind The Wheel, Nothing, Black Celebration, ah, the list goes on and on.

Glad Depeche Mode is back, their new album has got some good tunes on it.

Writergurl rocks!

At 2:03 AM, December 29, 2005, Blogger writergurl said...

Thanks for the ringing endorsement there, Patrick!

Glad you liked my little tale. I'd venture to guess that I've been in situations (like being crammed into a room of nothing but women.. more than just a few drop dead gorgeous) which could be classified as fantasies come true for a lot of men. For instance, that night... I was hanging out with 8 of my friends... all tanned, all of us with decent bodies, all drinking, all dancing together, and one of us... she won the wet teeshirt contest... ;)

Eddie.. got tired of the orangeness of the old template so I changed it. I don't know if it'll be permanent, I'm a gurl, I change my mind, it's what we do!

At 2:39 AM, December 29, 2005, Blogger mernitman said...

we knew you were sexy, of course for sure, but gurl... you are SUCH a romantic!!!

At 3:58 PM, December 29, 2005, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Ok, now you've done it again. You must be flirtin.'

We're hanging out!

At 1:12 AM, December 30, 2005, Blogger writergurl said...

MM... shhhh! You gots to let everyone figure that out themselves!

Patrick... who me? Flirt? Why, I nevah... ;)

At 11:16 AM, December 30, 2005, Blogger mernitman said...

p.s. and thanks to you, I just blew 10 bucks on iTunes downloading depeche tracks... happy to have them, though -- and hey, have a Happy 2006!

At 11:56 AM, December 30, 2005, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

MM, there's some good stuff there, enjoy! Always liked them.

Writergurl, I'll see u in the club.

At 8:48 PM, December 30, 2005, Blogger oneslackmartian said...

I'm sure the RIAA would object to us trading MP3s because everyone in the recording industry is starving . . . or something.

Homeland Security would object because . . . this . . . is what . . . makes the terrorists hate us . . . or something.

At 9:56 AM, December 31, 2005, Blogger Konrad West said...

A steamy thread if I ever saw one... Wet tshirts and all those... alrighty then. ;)

At 12:45 AM, January 01, 2006, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Have an amazing new year, writergurl.

At 4:35 AM, January 02, 2006, Anonymous chris soth said...

It's probably true that if we could sing, play instruments and front a successful band, we'd never go back for writing...
Happy New Year

PS. Just sent along your request, let me know you got it.

PPS. It's no hot lesbian dancefest, but it'll have to do.

At 1:18 PM, January 02, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

MM.. ahh, the power of words...

Patrick, um, no ... we won't be in the same clubs together, lesbian clubs seldom (never)alllow unescorted straight men into the bar. No matter how polite or well versed in good music... unless you can get a lesbian to vouch for you... or you claim that you are gay.

Umm, Slack... huh?

Konrad, yeah, it was a very steamy night. In more than one way...

Chris, thanks!

Happy 2006 to all of you!

At 12:11 PM, January 05, 2006, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Then we'll have to go to a club that allows both our peoples!

And you can vouch for me anyways, right?


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