'I cannot even begin to write about what this song means to me. I will be doing that soon.'
I am pretty sure I was drinking heavily when I wrote/posted the quote above, but since I made such a declarative statement, I guess I could muster up something about why I love this song so much. It’s not just the song, but the band O-Positive that brings back some very interesting feelings and memories, and for anyone wondering, there is no particular ‘love’ or relationship this is connected to, except for perhaps its relationship to me at the time. This was in 1987, and I was at the absolute height of a lifelong depression. I had begun a job at the DOT in Cambridge as a secretary, and as if that wasn’t bad enough, I just could not seem to keep it together. My days were spent being helped by my sweet friend and office mate at the time, Marie. I clearly could not function, which was not good, but somehow I managed to mechanically get through the day, and could perform perfunctory tasks such as copying and getting up out of my seat to go to the ladies’ room where I could cry and cultivate suicidal ideation more privately.
Anyway, more to come on this song/band/time when I have a moment. I need to collect my thoughts and figure out just exactly how this affected me, should anyone be interested, and that would, should, include looking at the band and examining its effects on fans overall.
As though on cue, at this present time, another comfort band from ‘then’ comes on the radio, The Cure, playing one of my favorites by them, Just Like Heaven. I remember, being invited to a work friend’s house to spend the night. I didn’t want to go out, as I couldn’t imagine being able to laugh or enjoy anything, but I’d agreed and had a nice time overall. She was a kind person, and saw my distress. At any rate, driving there, (she lived in Lowell), the radio station I listened to at the time WFNX had a sort of contest between O-Positive and The Cure. I remember through the haze of despair, I liked both bands very much. The Cure went on to be the more successful band, but O-Positive remains my personal favorite, (sorry, Robert Smith!).
More to come…