By Chad Olcott (for better or worse…)
As we mourn the flight of the Early Bird for yet another year, I consoled myself (I suppose some may say that my “consolation” equated to a complete misuse of a perfectly good Friday morning), à la John Cusack in the terrific “High Fidelity,” by making a playlist. At some point in the process, it seemed like a good idea to turn it into a monologue – so, without further ado!
[The following represents a peak into the strange, strange inner workings of Chad’s mind – it’s a fictionalized account of a possible interior monologue as though he were waking up this Sunday morning, looking forward to the day ahead, but realizing that today is indeed the very last day to take advantage of Apogee’s Early Bird tuition discount. We apologize in advance!]
Good morning, World! It’s Sunday Mornin’, and like many before, it feels like Sunday Mornin’ is Comin’ Down. But we’re going to do some raking and then with the Pats playing later, I’m Getting Ready to Get Down! I wonder what we’ll eat today? Maybe some Senegal Fast Food…. Mmmm…
Oh, no! I just realized that we’re in The Final Countdown. We’re almost at the End of the Line! Apogee’s Early Bird ends today. I guess the Early Bird is like all of the The Littlest Birds, it’s Gotta Get Away! I feel like it’s just yesterday that were Three Little Birds – but soon there will be no birds! The Early Bird has flown Out the Window – it might even Return to the Moon!
Bird – listen, I Don’t Wanna Fight! It’s just that You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go! Before I know it, I’m going to be a Lonely Boy – I’m going to feel like I’m living in a City With No Children!
But, wait – maybe it’s Not Too Late…. If I get my application in, I’ll be able to hear all about those Apogee kids riding in Cape Cod, or looking over to Sausalito under those gorgeous California Stars, or even just hanging out under an Old Pine. I think lots of folks would love an Apogee trip – I know that when the Snow is Gone, I just want to Take a Walk and I bet that’s true of lots of kids, too. Man, I sure don’t want to feel like I’m Mr. Pitiful just Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again! So, why don’t I just put an application even though I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. If I do, this won’t have to be the Last Goodbye!
I mean, I know, I know – You Can’t Always Get What You Want…. But Wouldn’t It Be Nice if I could just get someone to Take Me to the River? Well, look, self – stand up straight and Don’t Think Twice, because It’s All Right! This may seem like a bunch of Gobbledigook, but once I get up, get going, and get that Apogee application in, Nothing’severgonnastandinmyway!
Fly on, Freebird.
(Should you actually want it, Chad is happy to share this playlist if he can figure out how to do so on Apple Music – enterprising 14-year olds are welcome to send instructions to firstname.lastname@example.org any time…)
(Oh, and we didn’t actually watch all of these videos – so should you be one of the very few people to follow these links, we apologize for any untoward images, etc.)
(Ten bonus points to anyone who can – without cheating – tell us the artists behind each of the links!
ONE LAST PLUG FOR THE EARLY BIRD:
GET US YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION BY THE END OF THE DAY ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15,
AND WE’LL REDUCE YOUR 2016 APOGEE TUITION BY $250!