>Is This Love That I’m Feeling?

>One thing I really miss about being at home is driving. Specifically, driving by myself on I-89 blasting music and signing along. I love to be alone so I can listen to all the pop music I want and sing at the top of my lungs without anyone telling me to change the song or stop because their ears are bleeding.

I am a singer. Well, let me rephrase. I like to sing and I’m always humming something. When I hear music that I know, I sing along. Sometimes I have to check myself because I’m in a situation where I shouldn’t sing along.

One of these situations is when I’m listening to my iPod in public. As my sister can tell you, it’s not pleasant to listen to me (or anyone) sing slightly off-key* to music only they are hearing. Even worse is when I don’t know all the words. Anyway, I realize this isn’t pleasant for anyone except me so I don’t do it.

But the urge is so great that I can’t help but mouthing the words. There are some songs in particular that I just want to belt out, but instead I’m stuck kind-of mouthing the words so the general population of Santiago doesn’t think I’m insane. On such song that I was listening to on the way back from the grocery store was “Is This Love” by Bob Marley. I dare you all to try to listen to that song without singing along. Heck, I dare you to listen to that song and not dance a little bit! It’s such a happy song and it always puts me in such a good mood. It would have been perfect if I could have just dropped my grocery bags, plugged my iPod into some speakers conveniently on the sidewalk and had a spontaneous dance party with everyone around.

But I think that only happens in the movies…

*I would just like to note that I don’t normally sing off-key, but when I have my earphones in I don’t hear myself as well and alas, it happens.


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