Music plays a big part in The Running Waves.
Every song or band that is mentioned in the book has a back story for us, and that is what is so fun about having a blog. In this section we will go into those back stories.
A few years back my friend Vals sent me a text message from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones show at the House of Blues in Boston. I was already jealous of Vals that she was at the show considering I love the Bosstones, but she wrote – You’ll never guess who’s opening for them.
I didn’t have to guess but I wrote back – Bim Skala Bim?
Her text back was one word – Yep.
I was tempted to hop into my car and fly to Boston, but I knew it would be a futile trip. Bim Skala Bim was THE band that got me into loving Ska and also loving the Bosstones. I’ll never forget the first time I heard them. I was 16 years old, killing time with friends on the wall in Wood’s Hole when someone came up to us and said, “Hey, there’s a bunch of people dancing at the MBL club. We should go.” We were too cool for dancing and laughed the kid off.
“No,” he protested, “It looks like fun. There’s a Ska band playing. We should check it out.”
I didn’t want to admit that I had no idea what Ska was so I followed the crowd of kids down the street. I will always remember seeing the silhouettes of people dancing and the sound that came from the MBL club instantly brought a smile to my face. I had discovered Ska! I sprinted ahead of the group, paid my 3 bucks, and danced the night away. I would go on to introduce Bim Skala Bim to my friends, coworkers, and siblings (Seton and my sister Sarah became big fans) via my mixed tapes. Eventually Bim’s music would then lead me to discovering the Bosstones. I have seen both bands numerous times, and I always wonder what joy I would’ve missed out on in life if I hadn’t walked into the MBL that night!