When I was a kid, part of my summer vacation was spent in Sister’s Lake, Michigan at my grandparents’ summer home. My family & my dad’s sister’s family spent many weekends over the summer, playing in the water, fishing, riding on the pontoon boat, tubing, skiing (or at least trying to), building sand castles, eating Cheetos & cheese balls, playing Uno… You get the picture.
One of my favorite memories was when all 7 cousins (all one year apart) were sitting around the kitchen table with a music tape and a tape player. We had been blasting the radio all weekend and continued to listen to the same song, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by the Proclaimers. (You know the one – “And I would walk 500 miles. And I would walk 500 more.” Are you singing it now? Sorry if it is stuck in your head – it is stuck in mine.) We were so in love with that song! We had one problem – we didn’t know all the words. So there we sat, at the kitchen table, with our tape player, pencils and papers trying to write down all the words to the song.
We were not so smart at first because we just started writing when they started singing – like we could write as fast as they were singing. Once we figured things out, things went a little something like this: Play. Stop. Rewind. Play. Listen. Write. Stop. What did they just say? Rewind. Play. Stop. No, they didn’t say that. What do you think they said? Rewind. Play. Listen. Write. Are you sure those are the words? This went on for hours. We never got all the words down, but that never bothered us.
Those were the days. Now all someone has to do is search on the internet and all the lyrics will pop up. I am so glad we did not have the internet back then!