Coming Together

April 27, 2010

“I’ve Wanted You Since Middle School (Album Version)” a mashup by 2 Guys And A System

Note: This is a mashup I made under my old act 2 Guys And A System aka 2GS. It had a very limited run, so here’s another shot. Also, I made another version of the song that removed the Muppets and Marvin Gaye samples and extended the Bella sample over the bridge. Kathy likes that version of the song more and I’ll probably post it some time later.

Chris surveys the crowd from the duplex kitchen as he goes to get a cup of water to clear his throat. His hands are slick with sweat and he almost drops the cup onto the wooden floor. The guitar is on the porch, waiting for Chris to make it sing. The people mull about talking in their buzzed haze. People are gonna network tonight. People are gonna flirt tonight. Some people might be disappointed tonight.

Lisa is spinning hip hop and bastard pop music and working the crowd before Chris joins her. She has the idea to pull this show together for the block party. It is a first for their neighborhood, getting the three acts together onstage. If it sucks, they all go down.

Lisa gets three of the women in her office to sing the hook for the jam. It’s the first time singing in public for two of them, and the third has just bowling-alley-karaoke and SingStar experience. There’s anticipation in the air: to perform, to show, to make yourself known.


Lisa drops the first beat and Chris gets nervous and tries to break the tension with a joke, but the audience doesn’t care. They came for a show. They get it when the Accounting Trio sings the first notes.

Chris feels like the whole show is about to fall apart as he plays his guitar over the beats, but he pushes it to the back of his mind when he sees his wife Melissa and their daughter Jane. He sings the song he sings to Melissa because he still loves her and wants her.

Even when some guy gets drunk, jumps the stage, and refuses to leave, he sings like an angel standing in with the Accounting Trio. By the last chorus, everyone is jamming together and the neighborhood is clapping along.

Things feel right tonight.


Eric B. & Rakim – “Paid In Full” from the 4th & B’Way/Island album Paid In Full (1987)

The Muppets – “Pachalafaka” from the Arista/Pye album The Muppet Show (1977)

Third Eye Blind – “I Want You” from the Elektra album Third Eye Blind (1997)

Bella – “Ordinary Girl” from the Warner Bros./Reprise single Caught Up (2006)

Nine Inch Nails – “Closer” from the Nothing/Interscope album The Downward Spiral (1994)

Marvin Gaye – “Sexual Healing” from the Columbia album Midnight Love (1982)


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