“Total Eclipse of the Heart”


In a couple of hours, there will be an annular eclipse visible in SoCal, aka a ring of fire eclipse (and yeah, I probably could’ve gone with Johnny Cash today).  If we’re lucky, it’ll look something like this

From Time magazine’s newsfeed

Cool.  Although since I don’t have any “eclipse glasses” and have no interest in burning out my retinas, I will not be observing it.  I think I remember watching an eclipse or two as a kid, so I figure it can’t be that different anyway.

So instead, I offer Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”  There’s really not much to say about this epic 80s classic, mostly because I’ve always had a little trouble deciphering it.  It’s obviously a love gone sour song, but beyond that it’s anyone’s guess.  I think I might be a little too influenced by the music video, which should’ve won some kind of award for its EPIC cheesiness.  I mean, what’s with the goodbye Ms. Chips thing?  And the creepy glowing eyes?  It’s almost as bad as The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry.”  What is this, the boarding school of the damned?  Still, it’s fun to watch, so if you’re not in eclipse viewing range or you’re lacking in the proper eye protection, enjoy some good old-fashioned 80s weirdness.