I'd like to hear some funky Dixieland

A lot of my memories are tied into music. I hear a song, and a flood of memories of times gone by fills my mind. Most of the time, I don’t mind. Most of the time.

Every now and then, that can be a curse. Case in point, the song “Black Water” by the Doobie Brothers. This song always brings up a memory of a tv show long gone past. What drives me crazy about it is that I can see the scene almost perfectly in my memory; yet I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the TV show, or any of the actors in it.

I think the central character of the show was a woman. Where she worked, there was this tall, bald, lanky guy. I desperately want to remember who he was — because while the show wasn’t that great, he cracked me up. Anyway, the scene as I remember it: the female lead was very upset (I half remember her being in the hospital in this scene, but I could be wrong on that detail), and the guys in the office were trying to cheer her up. One person started singing the end portion of “Black Water” and one by one other people joined in until they had all the layers of that part of the song. The bald guy started jumping and doing this little .. shimmy as he sang his part.

So that is the visual I get in my mind any and every time I hear “Black Water”. It’s going to drive me insane until I figure out what show that was, and who the bald guy was. I think it’s been almost 10 years now, so I’m beginning to resign myself to absolute frustration over that memory.

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