Stella: I like how Loki starts out every blog by writing a question. So why is that when I look around while driving in my car no one else is singing like I am? One time I saw a guy drumming on his steering wheel, but that was it. I know people do it, but I never see them. If there was a hidden camera in my car then no doubt you would surely get to enjoy an exclusive concert performance from yours truly. (We have already established that I can sing quite loudly. And I really enjoy putting on a good show -when I'm by myself of course.) But everywhere I go, I am the only one sitting there in my car singing with reckless abandonment as I drive along the long & winding road. (Bum, bum... that leads to your door...) Today on my way to my lovely place of employment, I drove by a homeless man sleeping under the overpass while belting out,“Every rose has it’s thorn- Just like every night has it's dawn...” (Gee, the homeless man would probably enjoy that particular ballad if he wasn't snoozing up there with his beer cans.) Three men cross the street in front of me to go from the gas station to McDonald’s…By then it's “I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh undo it!” (Surely, they can hear me as I try to impersonate Carrie Underwood. And I get a little involved & angry when singing this particular tune & that of course means louder as well.) Oh well, I continue on. I look to the right at the next stoplight. It's just some man in a truck staring forward at the light. Then to the left-a white car with an old lady in it. And then there is me. "That's what happens when a tornado meets a volcano..." (I will not claim to have any rapper skills so you'll have to use your imagination when it comes to how well I can rap like Eminem.) Sure, I might look in the rearview mirror at myself a few times, and maybe I might hold my cell phone up like it’s a microphone… but only if it’s handy.
"Don't you remember when you told me you loved me baby?"
Loki: Oh yes, I am a rock star too. I want to be Pink! I have often wondered the same thing. Have you ever been belting one out- you know, really jamming out- only to pull up to a stoplight and have to stop singing?! You have to pretend to be normal... I'm just sitting here just listening to the music... That's all. Nothing to see here, folks. I hate that! I want to continue on with the song because it always happens to be right before the best part of the song. I try to just listen to talk radio on the way to work since there is a lot of stop and go traffic so that way I am not embarassing myself. Stella, you do know that you can hear people's music outside of the car? Cars are not sound-proof. People passing by will be able to hear you belt out the words. I have been rocking some headphones in the car lately too (to listen to my ipod music) so it's probably worse when people can only hear the words & not the music. It's much better to have music behind a voice rather than just an acapella version of "I gotta pocket full of Sunshine OH UH OH!"
Sing it, Tom. "And I'm freeeeeeee! FREE FALLIN"
Big T has already clarified that he doesn't want to be anywhere near our singing when we go to CO this year. I think even Batman participated during our last family jam session/road trip to CO 4 years ago. (My husband thinks my voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard... Although I don't think it is THAT bad!) He wants to be in the other car when we choose to start belting out ballads. Whatever. It just makes driving so much more fun.
Stella: I read an article on how to improve your self confidence by singing in the car. Here is a tip for you, Loki, on what you should do the next time you want to stop singing out of embarrassment. I don't have that problem. I know I'm never gonna see that person next to me in the car again. So next time:
"Instead of ignoring the feelings of discomfort that arise, embrace them. Try to visualize the feeling in your body. It will most likely be in your chest or stomach. Examine it, and make the choice to be fully immersed in the feeling. Dissipate the energy of the emotion (energy in motion) by allowing yourself to fully feel it."
Hahaha. Also, you should warn Big T that I will be putting together a 14 hour play list for the trip. He should drive the babies and then he'll have to listen to Bella's music. After 14 hours of "I'm a little teapot" and "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" he'll be begging to give you a turn. And now, a love song....
"I see a little silhouetto of a man...
Scaramouch, Scaramouch, will you do the Fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me
(Galileo) Galileo (Galileo) Galileo, Galileo
I'm just a poor boy nobody loves me...
He's just a poor boy from a poor family...
Spare him his life from this monstrosity!"
Now it's your turn to take it away!