Day 3: A Song That Makes You Happy
I Want You Back – The Jackson 5
Not just a happy song, a song that MAKES me happy. I can’t not be happy when I hear this one. It hits that spot in my brain and turns off the cynical and cranky and turns on the get-down-with-your-bad-self lobe (whose existence hasn’t actually been scientifically proven, but I’m pretty damn sure it exists).
Just listen to that little kid sing about highly adult emotions. You know he’s only ten, but when he gets to the end, the really angsty “OHHHH”s, damn, you know he means that shit.
Once upon a time, I worked for a family who ran a business out of their house. And family and business got wound up, every now and again, for better or for worse. Mostly for better.
My boss is running some numbers, chain-smoking, and watching Nick at Nite.
An episode of American Bandstand comes on. The Jackson 5 are rockin’ it. My boss calls her kids into the living room.
“Hey guys, that little kid singing, do you know who that is?”
None of them do.
“That’s Michael Jackson! When he was a kid!”
The kids keep staring.
Finally, one of them speaks for the group, says what they’re all thinking.
“Uh, mom? That can’t be Michael Jackson. That kid’s black.”