SOLC Day 20: Name That Tune

March 2021 SOLC–Day 20
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“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 on
Dream on
Dream on
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.

Oh. Crap.

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.

16 thoughts on “SOLC Day 20: Name That Tune

  1. terierrol says:

    I chuckled reading your post. I suffer like you with a lack of musical finesse, and my husband has the ear and memory like your husband. I hate it when I think I’m right, but I’m wrong. At least we can laugh about it!

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  2. Christine says:

    Well I can understand the confusion – they both contain the word dream, and both were written in the 70’s. I know because I looked it up on my phone too!
    Love the back and forth conversation about these songs. I felt I was in the room watching the fun!

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  3. Debbie Lynn says:

    Enjoyed reading the banter between you and your husband as that is how it works with mine and me. (Don’t judge the grammar in that sentence.) Now I’m inspired to listen to both songs to start my day! 🙂

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  4. This was a laugh out loud Slice, Molly. I’m the Kurt in our house and my husband the Molly, LOL! A hundred years ago, my husband did landscaping work for several Aerosmith members as they lived nearby — Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Brad Whitford. They adored my husband because he had absolutely no clue about them other than that they were who they were. That endeared him to them. When an Aerosmith song comes on the car radio, I always say “Those are your friends.” His reply, “Yeah. I figured.” P.S. “Dream Weaver” is an AWESOME song!

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  5. All three great tunes! Your slice is so familiaar – my husband and I do this all the time and it feels really good to get one over once in awhile because the opponent is a formidable one! I loved you banter and I loved the way you resolved this easily and recognized the fun in it. This was a real pleasure to read. Thank you!

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  6. humbleswede says:

    I love the line “I face the music.” Perfect. I wish I had been there. I could have added my two cents. I saw Gary Wright at one of my first concerts, a quintessentially 70s outdoor concert in Washington. He was the opener, and the only song he performed that any of us had heard was his final one, Dream Weaver. We just wanted him to finish quickly to get on with the headliners (remember, this was the 70s), Peter Frampton and Yes. Tell Kurt.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Peter Frampton! Now that’s a blast from the past! How fun that you actually saw Gary Wright perform. Dream Weaver is a great song–now you have me wondering if Wright was a one-song wonder. Guess I’ll have to google it.

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  7. haitiruth says:

    Remember when we didn’t have phones to verify these things? I love the way my kids’ generation are constantly pulling out their phones in arguments to prove their points. Now I do it too! (And you do too! 🙂 ) Ruth,

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    • mbhmaine says:

      We’re constantly pulling out our phones to look up words and information. I do think that easy access to information makes me less likely to remember it though…


  8. Morgan says:

    I love the dialogue you craft to capture this moment, especially the parts where you punctuate your conversation by holding up the phone and inviting Google un and the last back and forth once he puts on the song you thought it was. What a beautiful everyday sort of moment.


  9. kd0602 says:

    Love the story–and I can totally relate! My husband love to quiz me–who sings this song–and then be delighted when I haven’t a clue! (And a combination of shock and pride when I get it right–since of course, he has taught me the answer!)



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