Brendan Benson is a Michigan native who pumped out this jam in 2002, at which point Dave and I started scream-singing it at the top of our lungs. My sister-in-law Jubonka burned it onto a CD for us (remember when burning CDs replaced making mixed tapes and now there is NOTHING but playlists which are useless because you can’t pass them out to your friends decorated in stickers!?) and it’s been a favorite ever since.
Remember when you first fell in love and every single song seems to have lyrics describing you and your new beau? Having the baby had a similar effect on us. Suddenly every song about love described our feelings. This song especially had the heart and the life and the joy that seems like the opening number to the musical about our baby’s life. She is our Tiny Spark.
Try to understand
That an oyster can only make a pearl
From a grain of sand
But from what I don’t know makes a girl?
Apparently some Hollywood types agree with the message of this song, since it’s been used in both Along Came Polly and some Robin Williams movie about fatherhood that no one watched. If you haven’t heard it before, you’re welcome for letting you know it exists. If you have, you’re welcome for giving you an excuse to listen to it on this Monday.