Hooked on a Feeling - 02/11/13
"He's still got it," screamed the woman next to us when singer BJ Thomas took the stage at One World Theatre. She and her friends were as giddy as school girls. You'd have thought Elvis was gyrating and grinning up there. I leaned over and asked, "How many times have you seen him?" All three of them had lost count. They are groupies for a guy in his 70s. Cool. You can't fake being a die-hard fan. It's the thrill written all over your face when it lights up as the performer first walks into the spotlight. I wasn't that excited, but it sure made me smile to be part of that audience.
If you're not a Baby Boomer, you are probably asking, "Who in the world is BJ Thomas?" Well, have you ever heard the song, "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head or Hooked on a Feeling"? That's BJ Thomas! He's a Grammy winner who's had more than 25 Top 40 hits. (Most of them in the late 1960s or early 1970s). I actually choreographed a drill team routine in high school to Raindrops...not my finest moment...lots of silly twirling of umbrellas. But I digress...
Normally when my husband and I go to concerts, we bring the median age up, sometimes dramatically. But this was not a Continental Club or Antone's type crowd. At this performance, I'm guessing we were among the youngest in the crowd. But, I have to admit there's nothing like seeing someone who dominated the airwaves of your youth. Let's face it; those are the songs that stick with you for a lifetime. You have every line memorized and glued in your brain for eternity. These are the tunes we sang as kids with an invisible microphone as the radio was blaring in our rooms. I can't remember where I left my keys most days, but, by God, I know every word to any BJ Thomas, Bobby Sherman or Carpenters song. (Yes - I was a nerd).
I found nothing embarrassing or intimidating about singing along with the rest of the over enthusiastic Boomers belting out "Hey, Won't you Play or Another Done Somebody Wrong Song". I mean these are my peeps...my peers...why wouldn't I join in the crowd? It was a blast. So, thank you BJ Thomas for making me feel like a pre-teen again and I have to tell you, I think, I may actually be...hooked on that feeling!