Theme Song

“There are 2 types of people in this world: Those who like Neil Diamond and those who don’t” This is one of my favorite quotes from the movie “What About Bob”. For those of you who don’t know, I LOVE Neil Diamond. I feel sorry for those who do not see his artistic vision and musical genious. So many people are distracted by his animal magnetism to really appreciate his talent. When his music is playing (which is often), you can bet that there is some great dancing/singing going on at this house. I grew up with Neil. He speaks to me.

One song that has a special meaning to me (if you take away the sexual overtones and references) is “Forever in Blue Jeans”. It’s my theme song, the creed I live by. When my sister and I go to his concerts, you can see us standing up, doing our white girl dance in front of the world. Two sistys, reveling in both the glow of Neil’s forehead sweat and the shadow of his chest hair. But when “Blue Jeans” starts to play, this girl brings the dancing to a whole new level. There is singing and sweeping hand motions. My eyes close and there is peace throughout the land. For “Blue Jeans” is one of the few songs that captures my philosophy of life from the very first lines.
“Money talks.
But it don’t sing and dance and it don’t walk.
As long as I can have you here with me.
I’d much rather be…
Forever in blue jeans.”
You can’t get more eloquent than that. Meaning and happiness in life is not about money. It doesn’t sing and dance. It don’t even walk! All money is is a green piece of paper that causes all sorts of anxiety. Life is about our relationships. Our family, our friends, who will be there with us no matter what. It doesn’t matter if you can’t afford to wear anything with a brand name or a cashmere blend, a true buddy will love you in your pair of cheap ass blue jeans. In fact, they will cast off their high class threads and parade around in Dollar General duds, if they get to be with you for the duration.

Don’t you see the symbolism?
Blue jeans are tough as nails but they become your most comfortable companion with time. They are a classic that never goes out of style. (I am not taking into account “mom jeans” or 80’s stone washed, pegged at the ankle jeans. Those are blue pants that wish they were real jeans. Not to mention ugly.) Even if your mom says you need to get rid of those tattered trashy jeans, you don’t. You are loyal to your jeans, forever. Neil, man, you are one deep guy to come up with “Blue Jeans”.

So, as time parades on, be sure your friends are closer to your heart than your wallet is.

“I’d like to say, we’ll do okay. Forever in blue jeans” ~Neil Diamond

Sidetail Advice: Neil’s “Love on the Rocks” is a great way to break up with someone who won’t wear their blue jeans with you. I have found that if you write out all the lyrics for this song and place it in a locale where the intended recipient will easily find it (like their locker or backpack), they will quickly leave the defunct relationship. You will just have to ignore weeks of rude gestures and comments as you pass them in the hall.  Don’t ask me how I know this.