I Can’t Feel My Face

searchLast week when we were driving back to Montpelier following our whale watching experience in Portsmouth, NH, Bill turned on the radio in an attempt to keep Joseph and Micah invested in something other than the fact that their parents’ cell phones were not available to them because they were charging. It was a long drive, people.

Anyway, Bill turned on Sirius Radio’s pop station, which plays the top five or 10 popular songs over and over and over and over and over and over again. At least when I was a teenager we had the top 40. It took a bit longer before your parents’ heads would explode.

Anyway, at some point I noticed the boys were singing along with the music. I wasn’t too surprised to hear Joseph sing because he’s 6, and he rode on a bus full of kids, including teenagers, to camp every day for six weeks this summer. Undoubtedly, pop music was being played. But I noticed that Micah, who turned 3 on August 17, was also singing along. It was the middle of one of the songs, and I thought he had just picked up on the chorus because ( must I tell you?) THAT BOY IS SMART.

But then the next song came on and I realized he was singing along with the songs from the get-go. How does that happen, I wondered. How does a 3 year old memorize the words to popular songs?

There isn’t an answer except the obvious one. While I would have thought that both Heather and Lauren listened to nothing but National Public Radio, they must have actually been playing songs on the car radio such as the catchy I Can’t Feel My Face When I’m With You. Micah really loved that particular song, and could belt out the complicated chorus…

I can’t feel my face when I’m with you
But I love it, but I love it, oh.
I can’t feel my face when I’m with you
But I love it, but I love it, oh.
I can’t feel my face when I’m with you
But I love it, but I love it, oh.
I can’t feel my face when I’m with you
But I love it, but I love it, oh.

Bill and I were laughing about the boys singing when we got back to Denver. I wonder what that means, I asked Bill. Why can’t he feel his face when he’s with her? Bill admitted he had no idea, so he googled it. Well.

It turns out that the reason he can’t feel his face has little – if anything – to do with being with his girlfriend. Instead, he can’t feel his face because he’s high as a kite on cocaine. His face is numb because he is jacked up on coke. (Not to be confused with Jack and Coke, mind you.)

I suddenly wanted to take my little Micah and hold him in my arms, beggingimage him not to sing anymore. At least not to sing songs he hears on top 20 radio stations. I’m happy to add that this little man, who loves music more than any child I have ever known, is incredibly partial to B.B. King, and can quickly find his favorite B.B. King song on Spotify. That would be One Shoe Blues. Please don’t tell me that B.B. King can’t find his shoe because he’s jacked up on cocaine. It will break my heart.

While there were undoubtedly songs about drugs when I was in high school, I checked the top songs of 1972, which included Lean on Me, I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony), Morning Has Broken (which we now sing in church for heaven’s sake) and Betcha By Golly, Wow. All of these artists could feel their face. Or if they couldn’t, at least they didn’t sing about it.

Man, I sound old.

4 thoughts on “I Can’t Feel My Face

  1. I believe that Micah’s interpretation of the numb face was that it was caused by a recent dental visit. 😙

    • Our grandkids are VERY smart. Later that week, he and I took a ride on the city bus just for fun. As soon as we were moving, he sang — at the top of his lungs — The wheels on the bus go round and round….. Much better than I Can’t Feel My Face.

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