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The Best of My Love

stockvault-booze-on-the-house115613Part of the March Writing Challenge: Pick a song that means something to you, then tell the story of the song. (The song that inspired this story is included at the end.)

a monologue by Jeff Folschinsky

THE MONOLOGUE:

The Emotions, ‘Best of My Love’, I used to love this song. Now it’s just making me sad.

Too much of a reminder of what I might not have anymore. Me and my lady friend haven’t been intimate in awhile and it’s pretty much my fault. I can’t get it going, if you know what I mean? Please don’t make me spell it out for you, it’s embarrassing enough. And yes I realize that talking to you about it completely contradicts that last statement, but I need to talk to someone and you’re use to this kind of thing. At least that’s the impression I’ve gotten from all those movies and TV shows. You come in, pay for your drink, and unburden your soul; right?

I don’t know, I guess I’m a good tipper. What does that have to do with anything?

Anyway, I’m sorry, I’m starting to tear up here a little. This really is a great song. I think most songs from the late seventies are pretty good. The way the genres seemed to all cross pollinate back then. The music really does speaks to your soul. I think that’s why this one is effecting me so much.

I mean, just think about the lyrics. ‘Whoa, whoa, you got the best of my love.’ Got, as in past tense my friend. Yeah, not so much a toe tapper anymore; is it? And they repeat it four times during the chorus. Matter fact that’s all that the chorus is. That line repeated exactly the same, each and every time. Like the first time wasn’t soul crushing enough, I have to experience it three more times.

This one was supposed to be the one, now I don’t know. I mean, have I truly given the best of my love? It’s all gone now and that’s why I can’t — well you know. Or worse, has she, and I can sense that, and my inability to perform is life’s little way of saying, “hey, get a clue!”

That would be sad if that’s the case, because I really like her.

Here let me show you a picture of her. Pretty isn’t she? She’s a great little conversationalist too. You know, someone you can talked to for awhile without feeling like your boring her, or having her completely dominate the conversation.

Does she live around here? What does that have to do with anything? Hey, don’t get any ideas Mister. Just because I’m having an existential love crisis right now, that’s causing some unfortunate physical problems, doesn’t mean I’m throwing in the towel. It just means I’ve got some things to figure out. Possibly some pills to take to get me through the slump, so back off.

Jesus, are all people in your line of work this predatory? I’m sorry, that was uncalled for, but to answer your question, no she doesn’t. This place is down the street from were I work, so there you are.

God, that damn song is stuck in my head now. I wish it wasn’t so upbeat. If it was sad, maybe I would just have a good cry and be done with it. As-it-is I keep wanting to do a little chair dance. Which is odd considering my state of mind. It’s very confusing to want to move your body to the soundtrack in your head, but still want to cry your heart out. A complete conflict of mind and body.

What am I going to do? I don’t know, probably ride it out and hope for the best. I think that’s the only thing you can do in these cases. Anyway, that’s the only conclusion I can come up with right now. Who knows, maybe I’ll have an epiphany when the next song plays, or maybe my body will just want to dance some more. We’ll see, won’t we?

THE INSPIRATION:
The Best of My Love
By The Emotions
Doesn’t take much to make me happy
And make me smile with glee
Never, never will I feel discouraged
‘Cause our love’s no mystery

Demonstrating love and affection
That you give so openly, yeah
I like the way ya make me feel about you, baby
Want the whole wide world to see

Whoa whoa, you got the best of my love
Whoa whoa, you got the best of my love
Whoa whoa, you got the best of my love
Whoa whoa, you’ve got the best of my love

Going in and out of changes
The kind that come around each day
My life has a better meaning
Love has kissed me in a beautiful way

My love, my love, my love, my love
Ooh, oh oh oh oh oh

Oh, got the best of my love
Whoa whoa, you’ve got the best of my love
Whoa whoa, you’ve got the best of my love
Whoa whoa, you’ve got the best of my love

Demonstrating sweet love and affection
That you give so openly, yeah
The way I feel about ya, baby can’t explain it
Want the whole wide world to see

Oh, but in my heart, you’re all I need
You for me, me for you
Oh, it’s growin’ every day, ooh

Oh, oh oh oh oh oh
You’ve got the best of my love
Oh, oh oh oh oh oh
You’ve got the best of my love

Oh, givin’ you the best of my love
Oh, givin’ you the best of my love
Oh, oh oh oh oh oh
You’ve got the best of my love

Oh, oh oh oh oh oh
You’ve got the best of my love
Oh, givin’ you the best of my love
Oh, givin’ you the best of my love

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Jeff Folschinsky’s plays have been seen at various theaters across North America. He is also creator and staff writer for Perilous and The Trials and Tribulations of Vicky Vixen, a serial late night soap opera spoof at the Eclectic Company Theater in North Hollywood, California. Jeff’s plays The Unsinkable Bismarck, A Pill By Any Other Name Is The Wrong Dosage, Rendezvous and Revelations and Kisses From Abroad are published by One Act Play Depot. His full length play Turkey Day that had it’s world premiere at The Eclectic Company Theatre, is published by both Norman Maine Play Publishing and Big Dog Play Publishing. His play he co-wrote with Tyler Tanner The Singing Bone is published by JAC Publishing. Jeff has written and produced the popular podcasts Virgin Falls, Pasiones Obsesionantes, The B-Movie Bastards and Cult Movie Cuisine. Jeff has also written a movie with Tyler Tanner and Stephanie Wiand called Revenge of the Bimbot Zombie Killers which was directed by Joe Camareno and is due to be released later this year.

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