Oh, Gilbert O Sullivan, the hair, the song. How I loved this song (still do). I listened to it over and over as I wallowed in self pity and fantasized about grand operatic death scenes. Climbing a nearby tower sounded pretty do-able. But being in Moncton, that wasn't possible as the highest tower would have been the NBTel tower on Queen Street (still is), a fall from which would have probably only resulted in a few broken bones and gravel scars - much too painful & not pretty.
"Seems like only yesterday, I was cheerful bright and gay.." Of course, he was speaking to me.
Thinking back, there were a lot of alone songs that I was pretty drawn to: "All Alone Am I" - Brenda Lee; "Mr. Lonely" - Bobby Vinton & "Only the Lonely" - Roy Orbison and many, many others.
Now, being alone is not the same as being lonely. I haven't been alone much in my life, but have been "lonely" more times than I would like to admit. So, I find solace in these songs much the same way that the heartbroken find comfort in listening to the blues or Marvin Gaye break up albums.
After reading Brian Cormier's blog about being single for Valentine's Day, Gilbert O'Sullivan's hit self-pity single came to mind. Then after tossing the concept of being left out on Valentine's Day I realized,
Hey, is that such a bad thing?
I mean, really. Do we need another hallmark day to quilt us into buying obscenely expensive flowers and chocolates? Or worse, lingerie that you really would rather not see your significant other modeling because it would snuff out any spark left in that romantic flame?
Valentine's Day is supposed to be about love, right. So let's start by giving ourselves a V-Day gift whether we are "alone" or not. As that goddess RuPaul says "If you can't love yourself, then how in hell are you going to love someone else!"
So to all you single ladies out there, pour yourself some champagne, spark up the candles, slide into a warm bubble bath and throw some "lonely" tunes on the turntable. (cd player doesn't make for good alliteration) - and give yourself some lovin'!