Something new!

We all have our stories, don’t we? The ways in which The Cars touched our lives, and how and why they continue to bring us happiness. Connecting with other fans and telling about our journey brings us such a sense of community and camaraderie that knit us together, and in some cases, it helps us feel like we’re not entirely nuts!

A couple of months back we received an email for the podcast suggesting that we allow guests to come on the show to share what the band and the music meanΒ to them. Dave and I talked about it and didn’t feel like the pod was the best fit for that kind of thing, but we came up with another plan.

Graphic by @night_spots

We’ve created “Got A Lot On My Head,” an audio forum for the Fanorama, featuring the memories and musings of our Cars family who have something they’d like to share with the rest of us, in their own words. It can be as simple as how you got into the music, or you can go deeper into your personal connection with a song. Or you can share what it was like to see the band live, your memories of meeting a band member, or your “so close!” moments. There are lots of possibilities… If you’ve got something to share, we want to hear it!

Interested in participating? It’s super simple! Get in touch with me via the contact page on this blog, or through Facebook or Twitter. We’ll schedule a recorded phone call, we’ll have a great chat, and I’ll publish it on my Youtube channel.* Done and done!

Our first foray into this forum features Norah Wiley, the sweet lady who gave us this idea! She shares her story of how “Drive” got her through a very painful time in her life. Take a listen, leave a comment, and make a new friend. ❀

*Of course, I reserve the right to edit the audio and/or decline publishing at my discretion.


7 thoughts on “Something new!

  1. What a lovely idea dear Donna πŸ™‚ A wonderful way to bring all of us fans together and share our love for the band , the music, the performance and how all of this has helped a lot of us through tough times.
    I will listen to this as soon as it gets a touch less busy at home πŸ™‚ Thank you , and thank you to Norah Wylie πŸ˜€
    Warmest regards,

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      1. Oh , dear Donna ❀
        It would be so lovely to actually be able to chat with you and yes, that would be wonderful to do πŸ™‚
        We would just need to make sure we align our watches and make it the perfect time due to our huge time difference but I would love to do this ,my lovely friend ❀
        Hugs to you,

        Tia ❀ ❀ ❀

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  2. Donna
    What a great format.
    How generous of you to spend your time giving the Fanorama this opportunity to connect and share.
    We can recognize that we are not crazy! Just lucky.

    I enjoyed listening to you tell your story and share your perceptions of Benjamin from your own experience and heart. I think Donna gave you good advice to think about sharing this with your daughter.

    You talked about Ben being the heart and soul of The Cars. I think I know what you meant, not to lessen the roles of the others, but in the way he was the emotional one, which was so apparent during live performances.

    You mentioned “even when he was in the background” so unassumingly, but Donna picked up on it. Yes, I totally agree, he had a presence about him even when he was in the background.

    Talking about after the band broke up and why they lost track of each other, you said it was “Too hard. Not so much that they were too busy, but they they just couldn’t handle it”. Yes, I think that is so true. In a 2005 interview in answer to the question about the breakup, Ric said” first we disbanded then we disintegrated”.
    They were men who couldn’t deal with their feelings. Yes respect for each other, never a bad word in public. So controlled, like Donna said full of love for each other.. What happened in The Cars, stayed in The Cars,
    These were classy guys.

    When you talked about Judith and the grocery shopping story, you remarked that Benjamin was so “patient”. Yes!! Add that to all the ways we use to describe this complexly-layered man.

    A couple of other things you said hit home, He fit a lot of living into his short life. He gave the best of himself. The special women in his life; and the best part “I wish I’d been one of them!” Thank you Norah, Oh my, how great is it to hear that out loud. And Donna’s “well, there’s that”.
    Kudos to you, Norah!! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Oh, thank you for what you wrote πŸ™‚
      I just listened to Norah and Donna again, and your words expressed how I reacted and felt, thank you for your wonderful words expressing how I felt after listening,
      Warmest regards to you dear Silver Sunday ❀

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  3. This is such wonderful idea, thanks to Norah for suggesting it and of course the generosity of Donna and Dave for creating and hosting it. I haven’t had a chance to listen to Norah’s inaugural interview but am much looking forward to hearing it and anyone else’s who has a story to tell. The best thing in some ways it hearing from other fans, what other fans thing and feel. It’s always a chance to view something from a new angle or in a way you hadn’t thought of before.

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