Courtney Just Happened

Remember that first song you fell in love with?

Remember what you were doing when you heard it or how it made you feel?

Maybe it was the song you shared with your first love. Maybe you liked it because your parents did, and to this day you hear it and the song takes you on a magical journey through time and you smile…cry, or laugh out loud.

Does that song make you think, “What if…” or do you say, “Those were the days.”?

Weird Al Yankovic‘s music does that to me. Boy, does he ever take me back.

Every time I hear Weird Al, I become about 5 or 6 years old again. And suddenly, I am lying on the floor listening to the radio while I wait for the bus to roll up and take me to school in the morning.

There I’d lie, with my school bag on, hoping for a Weird Al song to play.

I must have drove the Radio Station crazy too. It seemed like every morning I had to call in to Lisa Legs or Gary in the Morning. When they heard my voice, they already knew what I was going to request from the moment I said, “Hello,” in my high pitched baby voice.

Persistence was not a word in my vocabulary; it was just something I did.

Then again, I’m sure not many young boys were calling in—especially that early. All I knew was that if I called and requested a song, they would play it. So of course I was going to request Eat It every chance I got!

It was my favourite song.

 

Times were changing…

MTV was also just starting off, they had MTV news with the big spinning globe and typewritten letter stamps on the intro jingle. I was crazy about music. I’m pretty certain that’s where I first got the idea to want a guitar.

Well, one Christmas, my mother got me the Fisher Price guitar complete with microphone and a tiny built-in amp. You cannot imagine my excitement as I went to work writing my very first love song.

Oh yes. I was in love. I dedicated the song to my secret crush.

Courtney was her name; she was the girl of my dreams.

All I wanted was to write a song and have Courtney hear it play on the Radio.

With nothing but that thought in my head, I plucked those guitar strings until I heard something that resembled music. To be honest, the tune was probably a lot prettier in my head than reality because if I remember correctly, it consisted of the top three stings played one at a time up and down.

Everything else was out of tune.

I didn’t care! I finally had myself a love song!

Except…

My dreams were shattered when I discovered that getting a song on Radio wasn’t simple.

And the girl of my dreams?

Well, she didn’t want anything to do with me. My older sister told me this because she often read to her while secretly gathering intel for me. Turns out, little Courtney was more into Elmer’s glue and macaroni pictures than boys and their love songs.

Sigh.

It wasn’t all a loss though. We did have a moment…once.

I remember it like it was yesterday. Mrs. Fox, our 1st Grade teacher was giving us a Science lesson about the eyes.

Remember those big bulky super-bright Overhead Projectors that shot words and pictures from a transparent sheet onto the wall?

Well, Mrs. Fox paired the children together and asked us to face one another with the overhead projector between us. She wanted us to watch each other’s pupils change size as the bright bulb was turned on and off.

I thought to myself, “This is it. This is my moment!”

Some how, even though I was only six years old, what happened next affirmed a belief I held for the rest of my life.

In the instants that followed, I truly believed that I was going to create the opportunity with my mind.

Eyes tight, I made a secret prayer with hands clenched, all sweaty. Heart racing, I imagined the girl of my dreams in front of me, already. Noises drowned, I heard the teacher call names with my knees wobbly, unsteady.

Then it happened. And we were paired.

Throughout the exercise, all I could think about was the three “musical” notes I wrote for her. No words were exchanged, but there we were…just looking at each other; eyes big, eyes small…

 

Then the moment passed.

And it was over.

I honestly cannot remember anything else about that year. Nor do I remember any more of the lessons we took in the first grade. In fact, the only thing I do remember is that a few months later, my family and I left and moved away.

I never saw Courtney again.

But that day, staring into Courtney’s eyes just silent…I learned something that even grown ups go through all of life and never realise.

When your gut tells you to want something, you obey. And everything just happens.

Author: Richard Kaulfers

Highly opinionated tech geek, how to creator, and internet marketer. Schooled professionally and from the streets.

38 thoughts on “Courtney Just Happened”

  1. I am so proud of this piece. I remember it like it was yesterday too ! I remember the radio show and how this was the only thing that mattered to you in the early am! Every time I hear Weird Al playing on a radio I smile and silently laugh at the young man I once knew, and forever lives in my heart !

    1. am i the only person who has no idea who Weird Al is? 😛 still though, i agree i'm proud of this piece, Richard took us all back in time with his story.

    2. Ahhh yes,

      One of more memorable parts of calling was they referred to me as the grateful dead kid, but I never requested any Grateful dead. I just played along with it.

      Also I won a bunch of prizes from WOMP FM, when we first got to PA, I had their morning contests down to a science. Of course I had to use fake names because you could only win once a month..OO well.

  2. I am so proud of this piece. I remember it like it was yesterday too ! I remember the radio show and how this was the only thing that mattered to you in the early am! Every time I hear Weird Al playing on a radio I smile and silently laugh at the young man I once knew, and forever lives in my heart !

    1. am i the only person who has no idea who Weird Al is? 😛 still though, i agree i'm proud of this piece, Richard took us all back in time with his story.

    2. Ahhh yes,

      One of more memorable parts of calling was they referred to me as the grateful dead kid, but I never requested any Grateful dead. I just played along with it.

      Also I won a bunch of prizes from WOMP FM, when we first got to PA, I had their morning contests down to a science. Of course I had to use fake names because you could only win once a month..OO well.

  3. Richard,

    Love the article! Love how you brought it all together at the end :-) Also, it's nice to know someone else in the world is a fan of Weird Al.

    Melisa

  4. Beautiful piece of writing Richard. Its funny that you can remember so well something that happened that long ago. Yet, this piece proved that you are certainly on the right track to being able to get people to do what you want them to using only words. Powerful and very nice!

    1. Cheryl,

      It is crazy how the mind holds onto somethings more then others. Such as, who remembers what they ate for lunch on the second Tuesday of Augast in 2008, but when it become a deep emotional feeling that's when it sticks. Those moments that shape us. For many including my self release some of those past emotions allows up to move forward leaps and bounds.

      Than you for the kind words!

  5. Richard,

    Love the article! Love how you brought it all together at the end :-) Also, it's nice to know someone else in the world is a fan of Weird Al.

    Melisa

  6. Beautiful piece of writing Richard. Its funny that you can remember so well something that happened that long ago. Yet, this piece proved that you are certainly on the right track to being able to get people to do what you want them to using only words. Powerful and very nice!

    1. Cheryl,

      It is crazy how the mind holds onto somethings more then others. Such as, who remembers what they ate for lunch on the second Tuesday of Augast in 2008, but when it become a deep emotional feeling that's when it sticks. Those moments that shape us. For many including my self release some of those past emotions allows up to move forward leaps and bounds.

      Than you for the kind words!

  7. Great story, and great writing Richard. Listen to your gut – that's classic advice!

    BTW – I just noticed Weird Al is playing a venue near my home in a couple months. I just might take that one in.

    1. Ken,

      Now that's classic. The whole following my intuition thing didn't really come to light for a long time. By that I mean no one ever mentioned it to me and I don't recall much about learning. Something I never really questioned and still don't.

      Go out and have fun, I never did see him live, that would be a good laugh.

    2. i loved it! it really takes you back to the days when innocence was really pure and the first loves you will never forget.. every time i hear a certain song it totally takes me back to my very first love and how i thought we were destined to be together… some things will last a lifetime in your memory yet others will fade and how some people dont know about weird AL is beyond me.. great job as always!

  8. Great story, and great writing Richard. Listen to your gut – that's classic advice!

    BTW – I just noticed Weird Al is playing a venue near my home in a couple months. I just might take that one in.

    1. Ken,

      Now that's classic. The whole following my intuition thing didn't really come to light for a long time. By that I mean no one ever mentioned it to me and I don't recall much about learning. Something I never really questioned and still don't.

      Go out and have fun, I never did see him live, that would be a good laugh.

    2. i loved it! it really takes you back to the days when innocence was really pure and the first loves you will never forget.. every time i hear a certain song it totally takes me back to my very first love and how i thought we were destined to be together… some things will last a lifetime in your memory yet others will fade and how some people dont know about weird AL is beyond me.. great job as always!

  9. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL STORY RICHARD!
    Haha Jim, I also did not know who Weird Al was really, only heard of him.

    But so I immediately listened to his Eat It on youtube and man, its strange. Haha. I mean this really brings up a lot in me as well. NOW I REMEMBER! HAHHAA. Its true Richard what you say that feelings are more powerful and remembered.

    I listened to a lot of Michael Jackson fan at age 6..
    (and he remains the better one hahaha 😉

    But the point being that I HEAR YA on your story! :)
    So beautiful. Ahh love 😉

  10. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL STORY RICHARD!
    Haha Jim, I also did not know who Weird Al was really, only heard of him.

    But so I immediately listened to his Eat It on youtube and man, its strange. Haha. I mean this really brings up a lot in me as well. NOW I REMEMBER! HAHHAA. Its true Richard what you say that feelings are more powerful and remembered.

    I listened to a lot of Michael Jackson fan at age 6..
    (and he remains the better one hahaha 😉

    But the point being that I HEAR YA on your story! :)
    So beautiful. Ahh love 😉

  11. Very nice story Richard. Well written. I also do not know who Weird Al is. I am curious to find out.
    Some opportunities come only once and we need to grab them.

    1. Creative fella he is, as for opportunities that is true. Just yesterday, I may have passed up a good. Of course, I wasn't in the moment at the time and that hinders things.

  12. Very nice story Richard. Well written. I also do not know who Weird Al is. I am curious to find out.
    Some opportunities come only once and we need to grab them.

    1. Creative fella he is, as for opportunities that is true. Just yesterday, I may have passed up a good. Of course, I wasn't in the moment at the time and that hinders things.

  13. Have to admit that I have not heard of Weird Al until now. Love the story and the lesson Richard. I wish they teach this stuff in school; just like you said, many grown ups go through all of life without knowing how they can empower themselves.

    1. Lee Siah,

      Loved your post as well. My closest friends and family teach me many lessons that are not really spoken but just there if you listen. I am not sure if you spent any time in the country but it's quite and a great place to think.

  14. Have to admit that I have not heard of Weird Al until now. Love the story and the lesson Richard. I wish they teach this stuff in school; just like you said, many grown ups go through all of life without knowing how they can empower themselves.

    1. Lee Siah,

      Loved your post as well. My closest friends and family teach me many lessons that are not really spoken but just there if you listen. I am not sure if you spent any time in the country but it's quite and a great place to think.

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