Maybe you’re a guy at Notre Dame. Maybe you’re a fictional girlfriend. This might honestly have been your playlist, if you’re stuck on the Classics. Like me.

First up, “She’s Always a Woman to Me”  by Billy Joel –

– “Imaginary Lovers” by Atlanta Rhythm Section

– “She’s Not There” by the Zombies or also by Santana

– “She’s Gone” by Hall & Oates

– “Walking with a Ghost” by Tegan & Sara

– “Jenny (867-5309)” by Tommy Tutone

– “Last Kiss” by Pearl Jam, or by J. Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers*recommended version

– “Missing You” by John Waite, formerly of the Babys

My naive assumption is that Manti’s love & loss story is fodder for mockery. The bittersweet mirthful feeling about all this is that sometimes music helps us heal from real hurts, imagined or not. Reality isn’t usually where I take people. I may start there, but it’s quickly off to duckies & bunnies & dragons. Reality bites harshly upon thine buttocks, me thinks.

So, once again, this one is for Manti & his beloved, and possibly anyone else who needs a laugh, a good cry, or enough confusion to distract you from that beast we call reality.

Cue the duckies and bunnies and dragons. ACTION!

P.S.  I always blame China and their #1 export, Smog.