Quoting Benjamin

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

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It reminds me of him.

1613766_10203267520995493_839956680_n“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

It reminds me of him.

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.

It reminds me of him.

“…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

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Photo by Paul McAlpine

Quoting Benjamin

“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, 1986waiting1

Quoting Benjamin

“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

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