It’s serious nostalgia time for me today. One reason I so love music is that a song is able to both eloquently convey emotions while simultaneously storing them as memories for future reference. Today’s song is not necessarily one I would listen to while driving, or sing along with while the volume is turned up, but nevertheless conjures up visions of my youth.
In fact, the song in it’s entirety is not what sparks the memories for me, but rather the excerpt that was part of a commercial from my childhood. It is that classic commercial that I’m sharing with you today.
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Like so many (boys, at least) who grew up in the 1980′s, I was a huge fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. By the time 1990 rolled around, I was 10 years old, and a Ninja Turtle movie came out. I was so excited, loving the film when I got to see it in the theater, and then later when I received it as a gift on VHS tape.
A funny thing happened, however, in my little 10 year old brain. Pizza Hut ran the ad seen above right before the movie played. After watching the movie countless times and becoming bored with it (as all 10 years old would do), I found myself inserting the tape into the VCR just to watch and listen to that fantastic commercial.
There was something…right about both the song and story; I’d listen to it on a Sunday afternoon, sad to witness the end of another weekend spent away from school and with my father, but this somewhat melancholy yet uplifting song and the story accompanying it would put the spring back in my step and prepared me for another week.
It magically appeared in my mind last night, and I was overjoyed to find it on Youtube and listen to it once again.
How many of you are 80′s kids like me? Leave a comment and let me know your story.
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Thanks to Youtube User fu2nbc for uploading this classic commercial from my childhood!