Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Voice-Overs

So I was reading Angela's blog over at mydogumentary who confessed that after 2 straight days of reading, she began to think in "narrative form". Too Funny! you'll have to check it out.

Anyway, so it got me wondering if I ever do that. Well - we all know how weird my dreams can get. And yes - sometimes I dream in "narrative form", including soundtrack music. I didn't know having horror-themed-music playing in the background of scary dreams wasn't normal until I mentioned it to someone and she pulled a "Yogi" (aka: a deer-in-the-headlights-look). Ah well - at least my dreams are creative right?

Sorry, back to the story. I realized thru reading Angela's blog post that I often think in "commercial" form. I mean, things come to me in "slogans" or "ads". It's usually mindless and meaningless, nevertheless it happens. Here are a few examples.

I'm cooking. Browning meat in the skillet. I reach for the "Emeril's Original Essence" seasoning. As I am dousing my meat with this stuff, the "Commercial Voice Over" in my head says, "Emeril's Original Essence Seasoning. It makes everything taste better." Weird, I know.

Then there are commonly known slogans that I just can't help but think of when using their product. Like when I am wiping up a spill with a paper towel I hear, "Bounty. The Quicker-Picker-Upper." While placing a band-aid on my child's boo-boo, I automatically hear the jingle, "I am stuck on a Band-Aid, cuz a Band-Aid's stuck on me."

When I pull a delicious meal out of the oven, like lasagna, tater tot casserole or company chicken, the commercial voice over usually goes something like, "Mmm-Mmm. Lasagna (or whatever). Food for the Soul."

When they were doing construction outside my building at work, they not only had cones directing traffic from one lane down to two, but they had those people that direct the traffic with their orange vests and orange light-saber-flash-light-thingys. So, as I am pulling out of my parking lot and into traffic, the one-toothed-wonder in her orange vest waves me to the other lane. The voice in my head says, "Traffic Controllers. Cuz some drivers are just too dumb to follow the cones." And by the way - that voice sounded just like the one in the All-State Commercials.

The latest one I remember was when I was at Wal-Mart last Saturday night. I was in the check-out line, behind a very large woman sporting a pink tank-top with very low-cut arm holes. The "slogan" in my head went like this:
"Wal-Mart. Apparently you don't have to wear a bra!"

13 comments:

Mrs de Miranda said...

hahahaha that is too funny!! Now that I have read this, I have a sneaking suspiscion my mind is going to start slogan-izing everything! hehe!

Tamie said...

that was very funny! and i'm pretty sure that all those companies would be utterly thrilled to know that their clogans are running through your head at random times. (go PR campaigning!) i guess that it soaks into not only our kids heads and spews forth at the most random of times, but adults as well. :)

Carol said...

Another reason why you should probably shop at Target instead I say.

Ruthykins said...

i love the allstate guy! he's the reason i watch "the unit". his voice is so awesome.

The Willeyes said...

I have never heard slogans before...but I probably will now. It probably means you should have been in advertising:) You still can you know:)

lilianril said...

Maybe you need a new career in advertising - you could sleep all day and still be working!

Susie said...

I think that your dreaming in the narrative means that you have an active imagination. So active, it doesn't go to sleep when you do:-)

pinkelephant said...

You are funny! I have done the narrative thing where I talk in my head as if I am looking at myself objectively but never the commercial style like that! You should be the copy writer. Bumper sticker thing might do. Go girl!

purplehaze said...

I have done that too. Not like you, but one of the things is when you are talking on a cell phone and get no response I always think or say "Can you hear me now" LOL to funny Emma you really do have an active imagination!

RhondaLue said...

You're just hilarious either way--asleep, awake, and quietly cooking or shopping!!!

kanaboke said...

oooohohohohohohohooo!! I can't stop laughing at that last one!!! I tell you what, at any Wal Mart in just about any given city in any given State there is at least one Lady that lives by that Slogan!! Bwahahahaha! I saw one here in Logan!

Betty said...

Oh, don´t you just hate that!!
Me too!
I did all the voting questions and enjoyed it.
Have a great weekend!

Puphigirl said...

It's funny that I'll hear certain words that will either trigger a commercial slogan, or a line from a movie or tv show.

Sometimes I think I need to come up with a theme song for my life like the character Ally McBeal.