But beyond these obvious chart toppers, it’s the once-ubiquitous, now-obscure songs that can really warp us back in time. I’m talking about the ones that come on in the dentist’s office waiting room or your mom’s car. More than that, it’s the peculiar moment when you’re stunned to realize that you still know all the words even though you haven’t heard them since Bill Clinton was president and there were Fruitopia vending machines outside Blockbuster.
When I break down the different elements of the trip according to what they would cost outside of BTTI, it was a solid value for the price tag — especially if you’re the kind of person who wants to go to six Hanson shows on a tropical beach in four days (hi, yes, that’s me).
Running is the perfect music lover’s workout: you can block out everything else but the open road at your feet and the tunes in your ears (safety tip: make sure to stay alert to your surroundings!). The perfect song can motivate you to sprint just a little harder through that last chorus, and the feeling of a great run can deepen your appreciation for whatever song or artist you chose for its soundtrack.
5. On at least one occasion you’ve pulled an all-nighter or temporarily withdrawn from civilized society to power through a riveting novel, and upon finishing, experienced a sense of exhausted satisfaction as though you’d completed a half marathon or thoroughly cleaned your closet.
Yes, I will be thirty next year, and I still listen to Hanson. Throughout my adult life, I have divulged this information reluctantly to a very select few, the way other New Yorkers my age might admit to thumb-sucking or voting Republican. It’s not because I’m ashamed of the band or their music. I believe in and will fervently support the legitimacy of Hanson’s talent as songwriters, performers and musicians.
I’m sure the T-shirt clad do-gooder who stopped me on the street had the best of intentions, but she had cheerfully bullied me into the act of philanthropy.
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