I was sitting in a coffee shop the other day, and a song came on by Aimee Mann. Listening to it made me feel nostalgic. I've liked her since I was a kid, but never really knew too much about her life. How did she look? Who has she dated? Where were the public scandals? There was something about this which got me to thinking. I didn't know who Aimee Mann was, and I really liked it that way.
Growing up, I had to quest to learn about things unrelated to my literal surroundings. I'm not that old. But I'm thinking of a time with no smart phone's or internet. Before instant gratification, and answers at your fingertips. There used to be a sense of mystery, separation, and wonderment. Where finding out 'who sang that song', meant calling 3 friends. Where the only way to learn the definition of arachnophobia was to turn the pages of Webster's Dictionary. It was a time where half of my room was filled with big Encyclopedia Britannica books, and I'd sift through them to research Thomas Jefferson for my book report. I miss that. And for some reason, Aimee's song made me long for it.
Needless to say, we don't live in that era anymore. I jotted down a few lyrics in the coffee shop, went home, and googled them. I found the song in seconds.. not too exciting at all. But easier is better, right? Well, not necessarily. There is still something incredibly appealing to me about the simplicity of life back then. Where you had to work for what you wanted.
Did you know? Aimee Mann was a child of the 60's, born in Virginia. She quickly realized her destiny was to be a singer/song writer, and attended The Berklee College of Music. Mann dropped out to pursue her art full time in 1982. She's been featured on the Magnolia soundtrack which she received an Academy Award nomination for, won MTV VMA and IMA awards, and is always touring. All of this, despite challenges with record labels and album sales.
Mann marked her stamp as a steady female vocalist, and didn't seem to do it for the lime light. Most of all, she always keeps her private life private. Seriously, I couldn't find too much junk about her. If we really want to know about Aimee, all we have to do is listen to her lyrics. After all, isn't that what making music is for - a personal outlet? Well, I like it Mann's Way.
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