30 Songs in 30 Days: day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love

I can see this is going to turn into “30 Songs in 45-60 Days,” but so be it.

I have no idea what would surprise people any more. I could come up with something ridiculous here, and someone would undoubtedly say, “Oh yeah, of course you’d like that.” Still, one must try…

This song is definitely not something I would expect myself to like. It’s basically country, in both musical style and lyrical sentiment, and while I might not actually say I love this song, something about it gets into my ears and under my skin. I tried to analyze why, and the best I can come up with is that it reminds me somehow of this:

Look at that hair! Those dance moves! I actually have a great fondness for this song, reaching back to when I was about seven years old. We lived in a big house that had been divided up into six or eight apartments. One of the neighbor families had a daughter named Jolene (yeah, really) who was a year or two older than I was, and this was her favorite song. I don’t remember having a crush on her or anything – we were friends, but I think I may not have been quite to the having-crushes stage – but I distinctly recall at least one occasion when she did a lip-synch and Nancy Sinatra-style dance routine in the back yard, involving me as the hapless “you” of the song. Good times.

Huh. Now that I think of it, I think people might be surprised that I love that one, too.