“What song is this?” I ask Kurt, watching an ice skating video a friend had posted on Facebook.
“Stairway to Heaven?” he ventures, as I turn up the volume so he can hear.
“No,” he interrupts himself. “It’s ‘Dream On’ by Aerosmith.”
“No way! It’s Dream Weaver, isn’t it?” I ask. “I love that song. There’s absolutely no way it’s by Aerosmith!”
I’m pretty sure I’m right, and the scent of a rare “Name that Tune” victory is intoxicating.
Kurt is the musical aficionado in our family. He constantly challenges all of us to name song titles and musicians. “Ten bucks if you can tell me who sings this,” he’ll ask. I almost never can and my guesses are often so far afield that it’s become a bit of a joke. Kurt is forever pained by my ignorance.
Still, my confidence growing, I google quickly. Who sings Dream Weaver?
Google quickly obliges with an answer: Gary Wright.
“Gary Wright sings it,” I announce, happily. (I refrain from saying “Ha!” or “So there!” Barely.)
“Well, maybe he wrote it, but Aerosmith is singing it, ” Kurt says calmly. Now he’s googling as well.
“Kurt, there is no way that Aerosmith sings ‘Dream Weaver’,” I insist. Still my own certainty wavers a bit. I know from long and painful experience how bad I am at this game.
In a few seconds, Kurt holds up his phone and the song plays…the same one echoing from my computer.
“’Dream On’ by Aerosmith,” he states.
Dream until your dream come true
I hold onto hope for a few seconds, listening intently, hoping for a chorus of “Ooh, dream weaver
I believe you can get me through the night.”
It doesn’t come.
I face the music. It’s actually not ‘Dream Weaver’ playing after all. It’s a different song entirely.
I guess it’s probably “Dream On” by Aerosmith.
“I don’t know what I was thinking, going up against you,” I comment, deflated. “I must have temporarily lost my mind.” I mute my computer.
Thankfully, he doesn’t gloat. He just types into his phone again. Soon the song “Dream Weaver” fills the room.
After a moment, I ask, “Did you know that Gary Wright wrote that song?”
“Really?” he laughs.
We both listen.
It truly is a great song.
It’s not a bad moment either.