Baby Please Come Home
When I was in middle school, there was this strange trio that came out with a hit song. Do you remember Hanson? Yep, the brothers with the infamous, “Mmmbop” song that you either loved or hated.
Well, I loved it. I loved the band, especially Taylor Hanson, and all of their music (are you currently questioning why you ever took any music recommendations from me?). In fact, I was certain I was going to marry Taylor and record a hit song with him. My room was wallpapered with posters of his face. Anytime they were going to be on TV, I had a VHS tape that I would record whatever it was. I still have that in my attic somewhere. Each year, I remember that Taylor’s birthday is on 3/14, and that day reminds me of the year that me and my two Hanson obsessed friends had a birthday party at my house for him. I baked a cake out of a box and iced it with store-bought icing. To make sure my cat wouldn’t eat it I put it back in the oven. The oven was off, but still warm. The icing absorbed into the cake, so I truly believe that I was the first person to invent the recently trendy cake ball. I’m so hipster.
I swear this has a point relating to Christmas and Anberlin. You see, these Hanson boys came out with a holiday album called “Snowed In”, which of course I owned. “Baby Please Come Home was one of the tracks featured on the album. I never paid much attention to other versions of that Christmas song before, but it became my new favorite when Taylor would belt it out.
When I got older and realized that my obsession with the Hanson trio was really weird, I heard this version of the song. I was already loving Anberlin and their hit, “Feel Good Drag“, when I found that they recorded their own rendition of the song. Not only did I feel way cooler blasting that in my car, but I liked it even better. Plus it was like I could still secretly pine away for Taylor when I listened to it.
And just in case you needed a good Hanson fix…No judgement here.
Did you love any bands/artists growing up that you are almost ashamed to admit to now?