When I’m going through one of my “lost” periods… that is, every other week or so… I tend to listen to a lot of music and watch a lot of music videos, concerts and whatnot on YouTube… works like an electric shot to the heart. Get that darned thing going again… until the next fall at least.
I saw you dancing in a crowded room
You look so happy when I’m not with you
For the longest time I DID NOT GET what all the fascination was with The Weeknd. I tend to be slow and behind the times on a lot of things… and by that I mean A LOT OF THINGS!
Then, a few weeks ago I was watching a little American sporting event they call the Superbowl. I love watching the Superbowl actually but was feeling more than a bit dejected about Mahomes and the Chiefs having such a bad day. How much worse could things possibly get by watching “The Superbowl halftime show featuring The Weeknd”? Nothing to lose really.
But then you saw me, caught you by surprise
A single teardrop falling from your eye
The thing started out ok although I thought maybe there was a bit of an audio problem right at the start… not sure… but I kept watching with remote in hand ready to escape if need be… but then it went into the fun house scene and I thought, ok this is getting kinda cool now.
Then all of a sudden all these bandaged dudes started running around wildly. I could relate to this. I see myself in my dreams sometimes in just this same way…. all bruised and bandaged up running around like a nut bumping into things… just not with the red jacket. The red jackets were an awesome touch though. Loved it!
You could have asked me why I broke your heart
You could’ve told me that you fell apart
After that I was hooked… mesmerized… much the opposite to the second half of that football game, which was more along the lines of having to look away while getting a shot in the arm.
I do have to admit, The Weeknd knocked it out of the freakin’ park… the football park, to be sure. The last time I remember being that mesmerized by a Superbowl half-time show was when Madonna performed in 2012 at the age of 53 looking like she was 23. Magnificent!
But you walked past me like I wasn’t there
And just pretended like you didn’t care
I kinda forgot about it until a few days later when I was having a real bad day. I started crying and couldn’t stop for a while.
What was that song? “Save your tears for another day.” Yes that was it. I found it on YouTube and proceeded to listen to it over and over… trying to get my tears to stop.
I made you think that I would always stay
I said some things that I should never say
After that I started listening to a lot of The Weeknd’s other music… he’s a real naughty brat sometimes and some of his songs were too much for me… although that just helps add to the appeal I suppose… edgy, salacious, teetering along the borderline… oozing coolness, sexuality, brassiness… yeah ok, he’s great at his job.
Another thing I noticed, The Weeknd seems to have a lot of fanatical fans… perhaps more so than the average celebrity… not sure.
Fanaticism is such an odd thing isn’t it? People unwittingly divorce themselves from reality sometimes.
Yeah, I broke your heart like someone did to mine
And now you won’t love me for a second time
I get that too though… to a certain extent. One may feel a sense of almost being high while getting into new music and new artists. It can snap a person out a fog of depression but it can also make a person kinda loopy.
If fanaticism is partially defined as a violation of social norms, I could be slightly guilty. I’ve made an imbecile out of myself in front celebrities before… the worse being my disastrous “meeting” of one my long-time literary heros, Dave Barry… I did the same thing with Michael Strahan though… those are stories for another day.
I don’t know why I run away
I make you cry when I run away
My fanaticism ends with being kinda stunned and dumb in the moment. Generally, I believe that no one person is any more important than any other person. Thus, I can’t feel like that for too long. True fanaticism can be scary!
If you haven’t seen it. I attached the video below and also one of Madonna’s performance in 2012. (You’ll probably have to click a link to open the video on YouTube.)
Enjoy… and please… save those tears for another day.
Take me back ’cause I wanna stay
Save your tears for another day