I watched Days of our Lives, Another World and Santa Barbara every single day from 4th through 8th grade; I taped them on VHS to watch after school. My grandma and I would talk about the plotlines at dinner. I lived for the summer because I could watch them without taping, and rarely left the house until after 3pm when my stories were over. I live for some old lady divorcèe shizz, and I legit remember this actress’ entire story arc.
This is kind of jam I loved as a kid. What kind of gross divorcee was I? Anyway, I just found the clip of when they sang this song on Days of our Lives and had to share with SOMEONE
There’s a whole list of songs in my head, songs obviously meant for older women that we went NUTS for as ten year old girls. ”On My Own.” “These Dreams.” “Take My Breath Away.” ”Glory of Love.” ”Secret Lovers.” I have no idea what emotion we were accessing that made us feel like these songs meant something to us at such a young age, but part of my theory is that these songs are meant to sound like lullabies, so younger girls love them, and at the same time, they soothe older women in their anguish. Isn’t that so morbid?
“That’s What Friends Are For,” on the other hand, was TOTALLY written for 5th grade talent shows.
Also, I learned Latvian partially by watching Santa Barbara, which was broadcast with voiceovers that barely obscured the English underneath. Santa Barbara was HUGE in Latvia. A woman came to our aerobics class at the Daile Theater to sell beauty products, and started her pitch by talking about how much makeup American women wear. “They do; I watch the Santa Barbara.” I didn’t have the heart to tell her the episodes being broadcast were nearly ten years old, and few of us were still going for that high-gloss, dark-shadowed Gina look.