It’s lunchtime and the car is hot. I’m getting sticky and sweaty on my short drive to the bank. My head hurts. I’m listening to Peter Gabriel singing The Power of the Heart. So sweet and tender. The orchestra is building. Peter’s voice falters. I might cry. I think he might be singing to me. I think he might have just proposed. It starts at 5:03 – that little shiver up my back. And there it is at 5:19. Chills. I watch beads of sweat become goosebumps.
Later at home, I try the experiment over and over and it works every time.
Lou Reed wrote the song for his wife, Laurie Anderson. I wonder if she gets goosebumps listening to Peter sing it. I wonder if Lou does.
I wonder if Peter gives himself chills when he sings.