Friday, November 07, 2008

Ventura Highway Plays in My Head When I'm Sick

Down for the count today. Ear infection from cold water surfing, high fever. As a slightly addictive personality type, I always relish in the cheap high a fever brings - that surreal "I'm a balloon!" feeling.

I went to see the band America many years ago. They were past their prime and playing with Three Dog Night at a football stadium during halftime. I was very sick with a flu but insisted on going with my friend.

They came out and stood at the sidelines, waiting to go on. I recognized the one guy and said, "Hey, will you play Ventura Highway for me?" He said sure. Several songs into their set, the singer announced, "This song is for the girl in the pink pajamas." (I was wearing pink pajamas because I was too sick to change that morning.) Then they played the song and I felt so spacey and special.

That night, as I lie awake with a very high fever, I heard the opening chords of that song play over and over in my head, like a sickly broken record. What a trippy and peaceful feeling! To this day, the beginning of that song makes me feel essentially content, like everything will be alright, like the fever will break, eventually.







They don't make guys like this anymore, do they? So sincere.

3 comments:

Brian Hughes said...

Great story. I know how you feel - I recently had Nick Rhoades of Duran Duran dedicate "The Chauffeur" to my wife and I the day we got married - it was their summer stage concert on May 31st. It's even on youtube. But I'm cheating because my wife works for them ...

Brian Hughes said...

I know how you feel ... I had Nick Rhoades of Duran Duran dedicate "The Chauffeur" to my wife and I on the day we got married when they played Summer Stage in May. It was really special - what made it all the more special was that he learned his father died that day in England and he not only dedicated the song to us, but did not come to our wedding because he didn't want to be a distraction. It definitely put a damper on our day because Nick and my wife are so close, but it was awfully generous of him to think of us on such a bad day. Someone actually posted the dedication on youtube also ...

great post and great site ....

Aimee said...

wow. I always thought it said venture a highway, and it didn't make sense to me. Your blog cracks me up Beth.