During baseball season I drop kids off all the time. I don't like 9th graders waiting at the bus stop after dark, and happen to live in the same neighborhood as a couple of other players, so it's not a problem. Last week, after practice one day, I had the usual group of three kids in my car, waiting for me and fiddling with my radio. They came across a mixed CD with the Rod Lee's ebullient charmer "Dance My Pain Away." I love this song, which I think I first learned about on The Wire; I car dance and sing along whenever it comes on.
It's also a big time and long-standing (apparently, since these were 15-year olds and I know the song was released several years ago) Baltimore club hit, so the kids fiddling with my radio found it pretty amusing that it was on one of my mixed CDs. I was across the parking lot, when all of a sudden I heard the song blaring from my car; they got out and were dancing around it. That made me rush back to the car, but it was all in good fun; the ride home turned into a riff on me dancing to the song in my house and later at The Dox. We laughed a lot. Then, one kid said, "You've got it all, coach. Single, that big house, money, and going to the club whenever you want." Except for the last bit, he's basically right. Something to think about next time I feel like singing "I got problems / like woah, woah, woah".
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