This morning I was sitting at my desk doing some work (online jigsaw puzzles) and listening to music when the James Brown song “I Feel Good” came on. “Man,” I thought to myself, “every time I hear that song I don’t feel good. In fact, I feel gross. Bleccccch.” Then I had to walk around and shake it off until I was ready to get back to doing work (online jigsaw puzzles).
Of course, the reason I hate that song isn’t because it’s a bad song. In fact, it’s actually way better than the Pitbull shit we’re now subjected to every time we turn on the radio. No, the reason I hate it is because I’ve heard it so damn much throughout my life that it’s nothing but a bad cliche at this point. It’s now a lunch meat commercial/news segment soundtrack/America’s Funniest Home Videos/wedding dance song. But don’t we all have that one song we’d be okay never hearing again for the rest of our lives?
My friend Laura does and it’s a song that’s actually beloved by most people.
“And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”
“F-CK YOU, LOUIS ARMSTRONG AND YOUR STUPID THINK TO YOURSELF WORLD.”
Yeah, we won’t be going back to that Starbucks any time soon.
But I want to know—what’s the most awful song in your life? What’s the tune that makes you want to tear your ears off like you’re Mike Tysoning yourself? (Yes, I just coined that verb.) Let me know because I’m sure you have one.
And just to sweeten the invitation, I’m doing a giveaway as encouragement. I know, who expected that to happen? I never give away anything! My good friend April Martini (BEST. LAST NAME. EVER.) has given me a $50 gift certificate for one of you to use at her Noonday shop.
If you haven’t heard of Noonday, here’s their story: Noonday Collection’s mission is to create economic opportunity for the vulnerable. We partner with artisans in the developing world, empowering them to grow sustainable businesses. By creating a marketplace for their goods, we create dignified jobs at living wages. This allows our artisans to earn more in order to support their families. We also offer no interest loans and make advance payments on orders. This way we are able to shoulder the costs of materials and build a lasting relationship based on trust. We offer scholarship programs and emergency assistance. Noonday Collection also donates a portion of sales from adoption trunk shows to place orphans in forever families.
I have their paper beads made in Uganda and I wear them all of the time.
April’s favorite is the Blanco y Negro Infinity scarf made in Peru.
But really, all of Noonday’s items are gorgeous, reasonably priced and, most important, their purchase helps women in other countries who are are trying to make a better life for their families. Take a look at the website because there are a lot of items on sale right now that’d make perfect holiday gifts. April says to put “WENDI 12/10”–no Y on that name, baby–in the trunk show box if you order so she knows where you came from.
The NOONDAY GIVEAWAY starts now and ends on Saturday, December whatever the date next Saturday is. There’s a cat sitting on my calendar, so I can’t see. Anyway, I’ll choose the winner at random.
To enter, just leave a comment telling me what song makes you wish you were temporarily deaf. And if you do that, you know what I’ll feel?
I’ll feel good.