The other night as I tried to drift off to sleep--while my cat sat on my chest stealing my breath--lyrics from an old song started playing in my head. Except I couldn't remember all of them, so it went something like this:
"Mmm, mmmm, mmmm ... and a cat named Kalamazoo." Not mmm mmm like the Crash Test Dummies song, though.
I'd already turned off the computer and I didn't really want to uproot Miss Daisy to do the Goo Diligence (I saw that on Urbandictionary.com and I'm doing my part to make it a real term) on it, so I just kept my head on the pillow and suffered. "Mmm, mmm, mmmm ... Kalamazoo." This went on for hours.
If the cat could talk
I thought maybe I was thinking of that song because the cat was on my chest. I decided not to change her name to Kalamazoo.
The next morning I realized that ear worm was planted by my friend Wayne. Damn you Wayne Sallee and the Cal-Sag bus you rode in on.
It was payback for joking about him and multifuction copiers. He titled a blog entry "Della and the Dealer," you see.
It all became so clear as I checked his blog that morning. It all came back: "It was Della and the dealer and a dog named Jake and a cat named Kalamazoo" from Hoyt Axton.
My brain deposited his post title and dredged up the end of the phrase.
I loved Hoyt Axton, so I thought "Della and the Dealer" would be a great tune for the iPod after a night of living with:
"Mmm, mmmm, mmmm ... and a cat named Kalamazoo.".
They only have a version in German on iTunes.
If I'd been a comic book character when I discovered that, there would have been a word balloon over my head with ?! in it.
Why THE HELL is there a German version of "Della and the Dealer" on iTunes but not the Hoyt Axton version? Steve Jobs is going to leverage Hollywood into $9.99 movie downloads and he can't cut a deal for the entire Hoyt Axton music library?
That's gonna show up in the third quarter. I was gonna pop for two (2) greenback $s and also download that song Hoyt sang on WKRP when he was supposed to be Loni Anderson's ex-boyfriend and thought Dr. Johnny Fever was her love interest. But no.
I had to settle for looking up the lyrics so I could then sing it myself all day: "It was Della and the dealer and a dog named Jake and a cat..."
Prompting Christine to go: "Shut up DAMN YOU!."
Did I mention Christine was home, too?
It's amazing the damage a cat stealing your breath and an ear worm can do.
Maybe the ear worm was named...ah forget it.