My achy-breaky blog post

Ever since I was a kid, it has happened sporadically that I’ll know what song is about to come on the radio. I’d be walking along and as the current song was ending, I’d get a sense of what would play next, and then it would play. It didn’t happen every time, but on occasion. Once per every five or six hours of listening, maybe?

On other occasions, I’d wake up in the morning thinking of a song I hadn’t heard in months, and later that day it would play, once again to slip into obscurity.

My personal theory in both cases was that my guardian was telling me, for whatever reason. Why? No clue, really, except he knew I liked music and he wanted to tell me? It’s hardly prophecy, that I knew at 11:53:25 what song would play at 11:53:40. But it was a connection, and I liked it, and it didn’t cause any harm.

Until now.

On Friday morning, I woke up thinking about songs that have been overplayed, and then I remembered how one September I returned to college to hear everyone complaining about a song called “Achy-Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus.

I had never heard the song, and I said so. Everyone to whom I said this then groaned and said I was lucky. Either that or I never listened to the radio (not true!) because the song had played pretty much continuously for the entire summer on all sorts of radio stations.

Huh. Weird.

So Friday morning I remembered this song, and I had a brief thought that although I like the Weird Al parody version, I’d still never actually heard the real song in the 18 years since then.

That afternoon, while driving one of the kiddos home from an activity, I heard it.

For the first time in my life, only six hours after I’d suddenly remembered the song existed at all, and after having missed it completely during the summer when nothing other than that song played on the airways, I heard it.

It was cool, and I was thankful (as if it had kind of been done by-request) and it made me feel warm inside.

I confirmed to my satisfaction that I really had never heard the song before in my life.

I also discovered I didn’t like it very much (sorry!) so I had to cleanse my palate with the Weird Al version (which gives me a huge smile, and my kiddos are now loving it too.) Enjoy!


  1. Mary Nicewarner

    Weird Al. Hands Down.

    I wouldn’t tell my priest this but I’m starting to believe less and less in coincidence. I think God has a great sense of humor and likes to show it ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. philangelus

      Have you read “A Severe Mercy” by Sheldon VanAuken? In it he mentions a coincidence in a letter to CS Lewis, who then writes back and says something to the effect of, “By calling it a coincidence, are you saying that God had nothing to do with that snowfall?” ๐Ÿ™‚

      I think God loves us a lot and likes to show it, and sometimes maybe He leaves little clues like that lying around so we’ll find them. Like leaving a little love note in your husband’s lunch bag. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. capt_cardor

    It’s funny, but I have also often had this experience. I kind of thought it might be pre-echo, but then, just like you, it began to happen with more of a time gap.

    As for Billy Ray, he is laughing all the way to the bank. LOL$ LOL$ LOL$

    1. philangelus

      You’d said that to me once about the pre-echo, and it made sense when they had LP records. But now they’re all digitized, so there’s nothing vibrating.

  3. capt_cardor

    Ah,but there is the Quantum dimension, which is wave dominated and is separate from time.

    Well, d’uh!

    1. philangelus

      I can’t believe I didn’t think of that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. capt_cardor


    I woke up with that song going through my head and it’s still there.


    1. Philangelus

      I’m so sorry!! Would you like me to call you and sing the Banana Splits Theme Song?

  5. lbdiamond

    Schlock! So funny!!! LUV Weird Al…yeah.

  6. Mary Nicewarner

    ” A Severe Mercy” is on my list of books that I want to read. You are the third person to mention this book in the last couple months so I’m guessing that it’s worth the read!

    1. Philangelus

      Are you sure I didn’t mention it to you twice? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Mary Nicewarner

    You should know the answer to that better than I ! Did you tell me twice?
    Come to think about it, I think you did. Does that mean I’m spacier or you are? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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