I get crushy.
Always have. At first, it was Judy Jetson, then Ms. Truesdale, the kindergarten teacher’s aide. All of a sudden, I’m drinking whiskey, eating sunflower seeds and writing blog posts about seven famous women I want to sing cheesy duets with.
Just like that.
Two years ago on the company trip, I sang La Bamba. Sally, the tall, winsome blonde from our Dallas office, swayed back and forth, stage left, and let me take center stage. I might as well have been the Mexican Mick Jagger. (Meek Yagger, as it were.)
I’ve chosen seven women you’ve heard of, and cheesy ballads from my childhood that I’d read clumsily up on a tiny monitor in a Motor Inn lounge, in a heartbeat.
Sing along if you know the words.
1. Shannon Adams
Love Will Keep Us Together
Captain and Tennille
She’s the blogger behind Radio Chick’s Reflections. She also actually sings, which makes one of us. Check out her work on YouTube. She’s a thoughtful writer and loving mother. I promise I’ll sing quietly. We’ve supported each other in blogging through thick and thin.
2. Elizabeth Banks
You’re the One That I Want
Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta
She’s more than just a pretty face. I first discovered Lizzi for her compelling role in the football movie Invincable. You might know her as Effie Trinket of Hunger Games lore, or those adorable Realtor.com commercials.
3. Connie Britton
Islands in the Stream
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
She’s the coach’s wife. Sigh. Friday Night Lights would be a favorite even without her, but with her? She’s so cool and supportive, and my god that hair. Because of her role in Nashville, I chose a song from that we’d totally rock in a country kind of way.
4. Kaitlyn Cody
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Kiki Dee and Elton John
She’s the Queen of the Queen City meteorologists. And trust me, the competition – at least in my heart – is fierce. I’ve tweeted her a weather-related photo or two, and she always retweets. Once, she even put it on the morning news. True story.
You Don’t Have to be a Star
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.
She’s brilliant and mischevious. She’s matured so much that she took the dollar sign out of her name. I think she’s ready for me. I think she’s a bona fide genius. I picked this song because I envision it as the message she’d send a boy like me.
6. Laura Linney
Knock Three Times
Tony Orlando and Dawn
She played Charlotte on Frasier, and actually asked him out. Laura Linney! I always thought her character was the swooniest. Intelligent, beautiful, willing to take a chance. Admittedly, this song is mostly me singing, but maybe it’ll win her over.
7. Hope Solo
Peaches & Herb
The greatest keeper who ever lived (next to Elise, of course.) She’s the exiled star of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team, and word is, she isn’t happy I’ve been making googly eyes at former teammate Kelley O’Hara. This is the perfect song for Hopey and me.