New York, NY - Around the globe today, in every cafe, bar and restaurant; in every taxi cab and train station, pizza kitchen and bathroom stall - it seems everyone, everywhere is stricken with the same song rattling around in their head - Yes, it seems most earth-dwellers under eighty can be caught singing (or at least humming) the 1975, Bob Seger, hit song, Katmandu, in light of the 7.8 earthquake that struck the region on Monday.
"God, I know, right?" said Doug Chang, a 27 year-old office worker, who was scrolling his phone and humming the hit song next to us in the elevator, while we were on our way up to a completely different interview. "I mean, I feel terrible for all those poor people, I've always wanted to go there - but man, I hear that name, Katmandu - and I just start hummin' that damn song!"
Indeed, it seemed as though Katmandu fever had swept across the city, the nation, and the world, as we went about our daily business in New York. "I'm driving myself batty," admitted Gertrude Jazzmore, when we asked if she realized she was belting the tune out in front of us, at the top of her lungs, in the line at Starbucks. "Was I doing that again? Man, why couldn't that quake just of happened in Timbuktu or something? Why Katmandu? I can't stop myself when I hear that name!" If I ever get out of here... I'm goin' to Katmandu!" Which was true, she couldn't stop, as she was still singing the song when we met back up, pouring the tops of our coffees into the garbage can a few minutes later.
And indeed, it looks like the poor people of the U.S.A and others around the globe familiar with the work of Mr. Seger, will be singing his classic hit together for the foreseeable future, as this natural disaster is surely heading for a benefit concert somewhere in a 1st world nation, where this keen reporter smells a certain aging old rock star, who might show up and bust out an old classic hit that we all seem to know so very well. Yeeeeep! - old Bruce Springsteen is always a shoe-in to show up and do Born In The U.S.A! for a charitable event like this.