Monday Is For Music – Everybody Hurts

It’s Monday again, which means we’ve got another music post!

Seeing as there have been a lot of natural disasters happening around the world lately, I thought I’d choose the song “Everybody Hurts” by R.e.M. I also chose this song because last night while trying to fall asleep, my mind wandered back to my first grade six dance and this song was the first song I’d ever danced to with a guy.

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The song “Everybody Hurts” was released in 1992 as part of the “Automatic For The People” album. It sadly didn’t do overly great in the charts, reaching just twenty-nine in the United States, but doing a bit better with a number seven showing in the UK. According to the website Song Facts, most of the song was written by R.E.M.’s drummer, Bill Berry, who left the band in 1997 to become a farmer. After the release of their album “UP”, R.E.M. considered disbanding, but decided to continue as a trio. Some fans thought the song “Everybody Hurts” was written in memory of child actor, River Phoenix, who died at the age of 23 from “acute multiple drug ingestion”. In reality, the song was written to give teenagers the message “you’re not alone” in your daily struggles.

I’m sure everyone is aware of some of the natural disasters which have been happening around the world, but here are just a few of the recent ones.

Tornado Devastates Joplin, Missouri

Iceland’s Grimsvot Volcano erupts

Slave Lake, Alberta Wild Fires

Now to tell everyone about my first dance.

I was about 11 or 12 and my parents let me go to a local club for teens to socialize. It was called “The Hot Spot” and was run by a woman and her husband every Friday night at the community centre. I think it was just after Christmas and I remember being so excited to attend because I got to wear my new black denim jeans, Chicago Bulls jacket and matching baseball cap. I’m sure you all know where this is leading…

The song came on and a guy named AJ asked me to dance, I was giddy with excitement. No one had ever asked me to dance and he was pretty cute as well – I had full sight at this point in my life. If anyone knows the song, it’s pretty long, so it was breathtaking to be so close to a guy who wasn’t a relative or family friend. He had one hand on my butt and the other around my shoulders and we swayed back and forth. When the song was over, he said thank you and asked if I might wanna dance a little later – I almost fainted with excitement, I couldn’t wait to tell my mom what had happened. Well, the final song of the night came on and AJ asked me to dance again. We were doing the usual teenager sway back and forth, when a girl came over and laughingly asked “so who’s the girl here?” and took both our caps off. AJ was also wearing denim jeans, a Los Angeles Lakers jacket and matching baseball cap. We stopped dancing at this point and went our separate ways. I was so embarrassed and knew I’d never see him again.

Whenever I hear “Everybody Hurts”, I think of AJ and wonder what was going through his mind the first time he had asked me to dance. I also can’t help wondering what he was thinking after that embarrassing last moment with me in his arms.

The teenage years can be a tough time for us all…

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