Just the other day, driving home from work on a rural highway, I happened to hear Bob Seger's "Even Now" on my alphabetical ongoing tour through the contents of my iPod. Aside from thoroughly enjoying a mainstream rock song I've heard a hundred times, I was struck also by how well the song's lyrics could be applied to the 18th anniversary I just celebrated with my wife. Of course, I didn't really do enough for her on the occasion - which is sometimes my tendency - but I was happy to note the connection and made a point to share the experience with her later in the day. Hey, you know, baby steps.
I mention this to note how many ways '80s music touches our lives, which leads me to another example of that. From Bob Seger to Jeffrey Osborne may a bit of an odd segue, but it's a uniquely '80s transition across disparate styles like heartland rock and '80s soul. "Stay With Me Tonight" quite simply qualifies as one of the finest '80s dance songs of all. But at the same time I make that statement, I can discover the '80s catalogue of Australian alternative rock band Died Pretty, which has been unfamiliar to me for far too long. One project at a time, though; one project at a time.