Anyone Else Think of Terence Trent D’Arby When They Hear the Latest DQ Commercial – Or Is That Just Me?

There’s a Dairy Queen commercial that’s been airing frequently that has some whistling tones at the end of it that always make me think of the melody from the Terence Trent D’Arby song Wishing Well. This HAS to be just me!


Me enjoying music at a very, very early age…circa 1973.

My brain has always been hard-wired for music – whether I want it to be – or not. I can play most simple tunes “by ear” on a piano, I have an almost uncanny ability to remember old ad jingles, an old song from the blue will enter my head without warning (the most recent one of these being Rough Boy by ZZ Top). Before I began playing the saxophone in middle school band, I already had several years of keyboard lessons under my belt.


Me playing the piano in 1988.

So not only do I have a musical “background,” but it’s always just been “in me,” too. I come from a long line of musically inclined folks in my family, including a great-great aunt who went to Interlochen Fine Arts Camp and got to meet John Philip Sousa – also playing in a professional orchestra later on. Also an uncle who was a drum major. Random note, I actually love a good Sousa march! He truly earned the nickname “March King.” Every time I hear Stars and Stripes Forever, I hear something I never noticed before. Most recently it was the low brass parts toward the end of the song. Another random musical fact about me? I got to act as “conductor” when I subbed in a high school band class! Those kids who thought they were going to have a blow-off period because they had a sub had another think coming!


Back to the topic of Terence Trent D’Arby, I kind of went bananas for him when I was 16, and bought his cassette tape Introducing The Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby. This album had some “sexy” songs on it (vis a vis Sign Your Name), and thanks to MTV, D’Arby was able to exude his “sexiness” on TV screens for me – and other MTV addicted teenagers! He  hit #1 with Wishing Well, and #4 with Sign Your Name. Sexy voice, sexy presence, sexy lyrics…dangerous stuff for a teenage girl! Here are some lyrics:

All alone with you
Makes the butterflies in me arise
Slowly we make love
And the earth rotates
To our dictates
Slowly we make love

So where is he now? Germany, where he is still recording music under the name Sananda Maitreya. He’ll always be Terence Trent D’Arby to me! And thanks to my weird brain, I’ll never forget the melodies from Wishing Well and Sign Your Name! Curse you, Dairy Queen!

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