So, 2019 started out with my mind taking a pair of pop songs from different decades and melding them into a larger narrative. It has stuck with me for a week, so I have decided to use it as a jumping back on point for my Gonzobservations.
I spend a fair amount of time commuting to and from work each day. That leaves me a lot of time to think about random things, profound and mundane.
That's how we got here.
You see, I was driving to work last week, flipping through the channels on Sirius XM, as I'm wont to do, when I stumbled upon this 80s classic...
One more punch and I landed on the 90s channel. They were playing this one...
Papa Don't Preach was from 1986. Sunny Came Home was from 1997.
So, of course, my mind made the leap that Madonna's unnamed heroine was, in fact Sunny, and that after 11 years with her guido baby-daddy, she'd had enough and set fire to the life they made.
Sunny, having borne more than her Danny Aiello approved sibling, had grown tired of the life she imagined she was staking out for herself in 1986. In fact, it was nothing like she had imagined in her enthusiastic youth.
No, teen motherhood and marriage simply wore Sunny down. It wore her down so much that she grabbed a sweater and her kids and lit her home on fire.
Whether or not the guido was inside is unclear.
So, that's how I started my new year. It's either insightful pop culture observation or the ramblings of a tired old man. Either way it's a fun way to kick of this feature for the new year.
I'm not sure where my mind will wander off to next, but stick around and we'll find out together.