On the busyness of The Cars’ travel schedule: “My idea of the ideal vacation is having a couple of weeks just to sit at home.” — Teen magazine, December 1980
In describing what he was most proud of about The Cars: “Enjoying the music that we played and still having it recognized by the kids… the kids of the kids that used to be at the concerts. Good camaraderie, glad we’re all friends and lived through all that for about ten years apiece. It’s been great fun. Proud to do that; they’re great people. ‘Bout it.” — The Cars Live DVD, final interview, 2000
“It was a good thing he didn’t say anything else, as suddenly my ears were filled with the roaring sound of my own pulse. How can I describe how it felt, to have him say my name? Oh, it was rubbish, ridiculous, I knew, but for once I felt as if I might understand the literal definition of the word swoon.”
Melanie Benjamin, The Aviator’s Wife
“Swing me up, SweetPurpleJune. Hold me like I’m a child that’s about to go wild.”
This song by 38 Special is wrapped around many of my fantasies of Benjamin. Words he says to me, words I say to him. How I dream I changed his life… the overall feeling; the memories it invokes of my early years… And to have Benjamin play it during his time with Big People is just icing on the cake.
Here is footage of Big People performing this terrific song. Benjamin gives a charming little intro… and can I just tell you that there is the most beautiful, lingering camera pan of Benjamin at 0:52? I about DIED.
“Come on and hold on to me. Belong to me.”
“…suddenly everything was pure sound. I felt the music like a physical thing; it didn’t just sit in my ears, it flowed through me, around me, made my senses vibrate. It made my skin prickle and my palms dampen… And it made my imagination do unexpected things; as I sat there, I found myself thinking of things I hadn’t thought of for years, old emotions washing over me, new thoughts and ideas being pulled from me as if my perception itself were being stretched out of shape. It was almost too much, but I didn’t want it to stop. I wanted to sit there forever.”
Jojo Moyes, Me Before You
“You can have some if you want to… don’t close your eyes. I can show you, if you want to…”
“We don’t have anything extravagant. We still keep it simple and in perspective, I think. I’m here to make myself happy and the woman I’m with happy, as best I can. I don’t want to own the world, just want to do this, ‘cause it’s fun for me.” — Elektra Bio, The Lace press kit, 1986
“Oh good, you’re here! I went ahead and ordered for you, hon. And yes, you ARE going to try the sushi.”
“I always knew what I wanted to do, and I never worried about it. I knew I would always be able to make some dollars; I knew I would always have a good time doing it, ‘cause I never had a bad time doing it. You do what you do at the spur of the moment. If you think it’s silly later on, you either keep making the same mistakes, or you move on and try to get a little better. Not that anything in any band I’ve ever been in has felt funny. It’s always credible.” — Elektra Bio, The Lace press kit, 1986
“No, we didn’t pamper ourselves or make a big fuss about what we did. We just did what we did and when he [Benjamin] opened his mouth that beautiful sound came out. He just had a gift. Just a great singer but he wasn’t like, ‘mi mi mi mi!’ or go to bed early or anything like that; he was one of the boys.” — Elliot Easton, Rock Solid interview , July 31, 2014