Years ago I worked as a cashier at a convenience store (a Shell station to be precise). As you might imagine, it wasn’t the most entertaining or fulfilling job that a person could have. On the other hand, there was always the chance that you could be stabbed or shot for whatever cash was in the register, so it had that going for it.
That isn’t to say that the job was simply an emotional and spiritual wasteland. The store I worked at had a digital music account through the local cable company. So it was an emotional and spiritual wasteland with a soundtrack! The music helped make the day go by faster and made things just a bit more tolerable.
I don’t recall how many different music channels were available, but while I was working it basically stayed tuned to the “Eclectic” station. As you would imagine, it played slightly more obscure stuff that you didn’t normally hear on the radio, like Joan Osborne before “One of Us” became a hit.
It also played an even more obscure band from Scotland called Del Amitri. I had been a fan of theirs since I heard their first album, Waking Hours. For some reason their song “Here and Now” was in pretty heavy rotation at the time, and I took an immediate liking to it. In fact, I developed a very strong attachment to it. Maybe it was the boredom of the job or the result of working too many night shifts or just the aftereffects of eating too many Moon Pies (While I could have all the fountain drinks I wanted, I had to pay for snacks. And Moon Pies were on 35 cents for one double-decker slice of heaven.), but for some reason I became obsessed with the song. Whenever it came on, I immediately felt better and forgot about the winos asking for money for a few minutes.
But it wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns though. Nope, my love for the song had a dark side. It could inspire a hatred just as deep as the contentment it created. If you wanted me to hate you with the white hot intensity of a thousand dying suns, all you had to do was have the nerve to come into the store looking for candy bars while the song was playing. I would silently curse you, your family and everything you hold dear while giving you the most deadly skunk-eye you can imagine.
Long story short, it’s a pretty neat song. Here, give it a listen.