Rockin’ like a nerd.


I sing in the car. Constantly. It’s my verbal tic: if there’s a song on the radio and I know all the words…or some of the words…or the last word to every other line…then I am going to SANG. And I will sing anything — just today there was Lil’ Jon, Kesha, and The Cars. But my favorite favorite FAVORITE is 80’s music.

I am a child of my time.

And I like to rock, albeit in a low key, rhythmic, heavy on the synthesizer kind of way. There aren’t many songs that make me want to bang my head and sing with my whole mouth, rather than the small mouthed stone-faced way I do when I’m trying to convince the people in the cars around me that I’m having a conversation with someone over a Bluetooth that I don’t own.

Today, I figured out what my ultimate rock out song is, the one that makes me go balls out, the song that embarrasses my spouse and children.

That song is “Africa,” by Toto.

Listen to this song and tell me that by the time that chorus came around you weren’t blessing the rains down in Africa with your eyes closed and a full white man’s overbite. If you weren’t then I don’t know who you are anymore.

And here’s second place:

Feel free to share your rock-out ballads in the comments so that I can continue to kill it in my Highlander.

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  1. SOOOOOO many songs to sing along with. Lately, I’m jammin’ “Happy” in the car. I can’t resist singing along with anything by the Foo Fighters. But my guiltiest confession? I, too, am a child of my time and that time was the mid-to-late 70s. Bohemian Rhapsody. Complete with Wayne and Garth headbobs.

  2. wannabe by the Spice Girls 🙂

  3. Total Eclipse of the Heart. It’s not even that great a song, but I can’t NOT sing the big parts at the top of my lungs. I honestly can’t think of a single song released since the 80’s that gives me that uncontrollable need to belt it out.

  4. ok , I have a couple some years on you but absolutely anything by The Beatles. Even my now grown daughter has confessed to not really having the radio too loud in her car anymore. UNLESS a Beatles song comes on. Then it gets turned up. in her own words “you are just supposed to listen to The Beatles loud” and of course we all know all the words…

  5. You Can Call Me Al, Paul Simon. Makes me sing EVERY time.

  6. LA Woman by The Doors. Or, anything by The Doors. A suburban mom doing Morrison? People must think they’ve hot the jackpot when they pull up next to me at a red light.

  7. Yup, both of those. My husband is so pathetically young that he’d never heard Kyrie. Lucky for him I was already married to him when I realized that…

    • I’m very happy to find this website. I want to to thank you for ones time for this wfodernul read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it and i also have you book-marked to look at new stuff on your website.

  8. I just stumbled onto your blog about 20 minutes ago (the recent childbirth post, to be exact) and am now mentally flagellating myself for not finding you sooner. While I laughed until I cried at that post (we totally bonded, in case you didn’t know, because I had identical twin sons via CS) it was the post about 80s music that prompted me to comment. Seeing Mr. Mister’s “Kyrie” sent me rocketing back to high school. So much awesomeness… I can’t even. Totally following your blog from now on! Come visit me at if you ever get the chance. 🙂
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  9. I have amazing memories of singing “Africa” at karaoke with two friends. We somehow managed to sync our backup dancing, too. (The Jello shots might have helped.)
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  10. Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard
    Anytime that comes on I’m crankin’ it.

    Oh…and California Love by Tupac

  11. If you dig these 2, you must revisit “The Warrior” by Scandal. (Complete with monster puppet music video.)

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