Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sheila E. and The Glamorous Life

Since I seem to be on a trip down memory lane lately. Here's another tidbit circa 1985...


I was  out Goodwilling, minding my own business, when I passed this old building (you know how I love those) with an E on it. It reminded me of the singer Sheila E., best known for her song "The Glamorous Life", back in the mid 80's. Also around the same time, there was a popular group called Ready For The World or RFTW for short. They sang a song called "Oh, Sheila". I was in high school when these two songs came out. Everybody either tacked an E onto my name, (my name is also Sheila) calling me Sheila E. or would sing the first few words of RFTW's song... oh, oh Sheila...
To this very day, people will sometimes call me Sheila E., mind you, I look nothing like her or they'll sing "Oh, Sheila" to me. It happens at least several times a month. Really.  In high school this brought lots of unwelcomed attention. Now, as an adult I find it mildly irritating. Mostly, because I don't know how to respond. Should I do a little dance when they start singing or what? (sometimes I do).



Do you have a name that's been made into a song that everyone sung to you in school? How do you respond when people sing it to you now?
If there's no song with your name in it, don't despair, there's always that tune "The Name Game" where a rhyme can be made from anyone's name. For mine it would go something like this...
Sheila, Sheila, bo beila, banana fana fo feila, fe fy mo melia, Sheila...

Now let's try that with your name...

I'll be sharing this little slice of life with the gals at Patti's and Mingle Monday and EBEW.
Remember the upcoming clothing swap party. This is your official invite.

33 comments:

  1. There is no well know song with my name in it, but I'm often called "Lisa Lisa" (as in Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam).

    I like your thought to break into song or dance!

    BTW, green is a beautiful color for you!

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    1. ...It only encourages them to do it more! LOL.

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  2. There was a guy in college who used to start singing "Wild Thing" whenever he saw me. I have no idea why because I was the absolute opposite of a "wild thing"

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  3. YES! You strike a pose when they sing to you. I sometimes get old Irish guys singing "I'll Take You Home, Kathleen" (home to Ireland, not home for a one night stand). I think it is sweet.

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    1. I think that's sweet too Kathleen. How are your wedding plans coming along?

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  4. Back around '68 to '70, there was a song that included the line "skinny legs and all". Yup. That was the one. Hated it. I remember the "Oh Sheila" song like it was yesterday, and who could forget Sheila E?!! You look pretty and cool, and I love the hat! XXOO

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    1. ..."skinny legs and all"... now that's a line you want to hear!

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  5. Green looks amazing on you..I can't remember any song that has been sung to me!

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  6. I remember both of those songs! That was a blast from the past :) My friend's mom used to sing this to me: "Heather Heather bo beather who tells the weather and is light as a feather smells like horse leather" keep in mind I was little and it was funny to me at the time, but now I am not so sure, lol!

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    1. That's funny. Horse leather doesn't smell so bad.

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  7. Yes, I remember those songs, and now they're in my head : > And of course I remember the Name Game -- except I didn't like what is does with "Patti" : o Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, Sheila, you look great.

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    1. Ohh! I hate when a song gets stuck in my head! Let's try singing Old McDonald...

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  8. Go for it, do a little dance and sing your heart out:) Cool building.

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  9. heehee, I remember the Name Game when all the kids tried to come up with 'dirty' words doing it.
    Yea, so I'm interested in participating in your swap-o-rama. Just have to figure out how it works...

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    1. LOL...the things kids do! I've put the song to the test. It works better for some names than others.
      Please join the swap! email me if you have any questions.

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  10. Love your outfit!!

    Oh yeah--my nickname -Tammy_is also a gacktastic song from the 50's- Tammy's in love.
    I go homicidal when I hear it to this day!

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    1. I think I may have heard it. It's actually kind of sweet.

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  11. the only song i know is "sabine largam" from cesaria evora. i love this song and others from cesaria e. but it is not a famous song and nobody sings it for me, what a pity! i like your dress and how you wear your hat and the little story about your name too!

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    1. Sabine, I think your name has a romantic sound to it. I have an affinity to "S" names!

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  12. Hi Sheila! I was thinking of the same similarities on our posts way too early this morning and I was feeling to ill to comment. I was awake at 3am with a darn coughing attack and was reading blogs to help me get sleepy again, but am feeling better now. Anyway, what a coincidence. Fortunately Joni James goes too far back for people that I know to tease me about her name. I was always teased and nicked named Phony Baloney Joni though.
    haha!
    See you soon!

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  13. ...yeah and we're both wearing fedoras.

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  14. Haha, too funny! I actually LOVE Sheila E! I remember her playing the drums with Prince...so sexy!
    My song was "Little Jeannie" by Elton John....

    "Oh little Jeannie, you got so much love, little Jeannie
    And you take it where it strikes and give it to the likes of me
    Oh little Jeannie, she got so much love, little Jeannie
    So I see you when I can, you make me all a man can be.."

    Brings back memories!
    You look really COOL in green, btw! :)

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  15. Great backdrop indeed. Love your poses with a touch of edge and attitude...
    Visiting from Monday Mingle.
    Daphne.

    Also, please enter my SHAPE WEAR give away, just one week left...
    http://fashiondivamommy.blogspot.com/2012/08/shapewear-giveaway.html

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  16. I love your cleverness and sense of humor in your posts. I totally remember Sheila E and Oh, Oh, Sheila.

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  17. Hey Diva,
    I remember both those songs! And Ready for the World is in my CD player as I type this... please believe it! :)
    Love your look, I'm now following! Smooches!

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  18. Haha funny post. I don't like what my name rhymes with.

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  19. As usual I'm impressed with your hat choices and poses. I remember Sheila E like it was yesterday! However, there has never been a song dedicated to 'Judith' that I know of. And that's fine with me!

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  20. Just respond with the ummm "sexy" line. uh, uh, uh, uh. put some neck into it while you are singing that part too. They will be so embarrassed and surprised that they wont do it again.

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  21. Gotta love how music ties so well with our memory isn't it? I love this shade of green on you! What a cute post!

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