Music Monday – Friends

Recently, I was able to reconnect with a friend that I hadn’t seen in about thirteen years.  A few years ago, he surfaced on Facebook and we’ve been able to do a little catching up, but it’s not quite the same as getting together in person.  He had some family business [Never pleasant when we have to travel for that, right?] in my area and we were able to get together a few nights while he was in town.  I got to thinking about friends and I know I’ve written a couple posts in the past about them, but there are also a number of songs out there about friends.  That’s the focus of this week’s Music Monday (now incredibly late and being posted on Friday).

Jody Watley must have been going through some bad times with folks around her when she released her song ‘Friends.’  I wasn’t having problems, but my wife and some other folks I know were when I referenced this song in my post “Friends will let you down.”

“Friends will let you down
Friends won’t be around
When you need them most
Where are your friends” – Jody Watley

It was a hit, has a catchy beat, and got a little bit of a help from Eric B. & Rakim.  Maybe she made some new friends while making the song.

Rap group Whodini kind of straddled the fence in their ‘Friends’ hit.  They certainly speak to some of the bad stuff that people we call friends do, but their main chorus hit home that friends should be people you can depend on…the kind of people you want to keep as friends for a long time.

“And if you ask me, you know, I couldn’t be much help
Because a friend is somebody you judge for yourself” – Whodini

As they said, everybody’s definition of a friend is different.  Everyone has different criteria for judging who they call friend, and some are much more liberal as to whom they call friends than others.  It’s for you to decide.  Don’t let anyone tell you who your friends should be.

Dionne Warwick and friends came right out and said what they expect  in their hit from the 80’s.

Finally, we have the theme song from my favorite TV show which was all about a group of six people who became really close Friends.  The theme song, and the show, pretty much demonstrate my definition of a friend.  I will be there for you, through thick and thin, and I know you’ll be there for me when I need you to be.
“That I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour.
I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before.
I’ll be there for you, cause you’re there for me too.” – The Rembrandts
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