Sometimes when finishing conversations with coworkers, I’ll say, “Well, if you need anything, let me know, because I’ll be like a Spinners song: ‘I’ll be around.”
I’ve said it so often that I forget the first time I said it, but a friend and former coworker told me that the first time an editor heard me say it, he cackled and pulled the song up on YouTube so he could hear it. I have since made sure to say this to that editor every time I work with him.
I don’t know how many pop culture references I make a day, because it’s such a part of my vocabulary. When people ask me to do something, I usually say, “Aight, we can be like a Mariah Carey song, because we’re gonna ‘Make It Happen.'”
When someone is confused at first and then understands, I say, “Now you’re on the trolley,” which is a reference to an episode of “The Simpsons” when carnival workers named Spud and Cooder taught Bart and Homer how they swindle people.
When someone asks me to do something but then tells me my assistance is no longer needed, I say, “Imma be like a Stevie Nicks song and ‘Stand Back.‘”
Of course, there are times when I am stumped. When someone says, “Hello,” what is my best response? Do I go with the standard, which for years has been Lionel Richie’s “Hello”? Is Adele’s “Hello” too recent, too ubiquitous, and too obvious for me to reference? Is “Hello, I Love You” a better bet, and if so, do I try to sound like a nasally guy impersonating The Doors’ version, or I try to sound like a nasally guy impersonating The Cure’s version?
I could go on, but I won’t, because there are hundreds more references I could make and I’ve already made the point that I am, like many of us, steeped in pop culture.
This site will function as many things. First and foremost, it will be a sandbox for me (and my friends!) to write about pop culture. It will be a home for my Cover Songs Uncovered project, in which I will write weekly about cover songs, originals, and the relationship between the two. It will be a place for me to write recaps of the upcoming return of “The X-Files.”
Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ll keep checking in on this Pop Culture Experiment.