When I first started dating my wife fourteen years ago I also met her friends. I was introduced to many people during parties and many of those parties included karaoke. And yes, I don’t have to convey much more once I mention the word ‘karaoke’. I sang and in the beginning, I tried to be shy about it. Ha! Ha! Ha! That didn’t last very long. As I became more familiar with my wife’s friends, they became my friends too. I also increased my time on that microphone. LOL! Actually, to be clear, even now, when parties take place where the karaoke comes out, I make sure that no one else wants to sing before I string a few songs together. If people are singing then I’m more than happy to enjoy their entertainment. Sometimes, I don’t sing at all. No worries here. In fact, when my family hosts parties and the karaoke begins, I rarely sing until I know everyone else has had their fill. Like a good host, I make certain that my guests get enough of what they want before I indulge myself. I’m happy when my family and friends are happy.
And finally, the reason why the song “Babe” is significant to me is because fourteen years ago, when I was getting to know my wife’s friends, one of the very first songs, if not the very first song I sang at one of those parties was “Babe”. The other song I clearly remember singing at the same party was Ambrosia’s “Biggest Part of Me”. Needless to say, I added to my world of wonderful people I call good friends. Ahhh … the memories.
"Babe" was the lead single from Styx's 1979 triple-platinum album Cornerstone. The song was Styx's first, and only, U.S. number-one single. It additionally held the number-one spot for six weeks on the Canadian RPM national singles chart, charting in December 1979 and becoming the opening chart-topper of the 1980s. The song was written by member Dennis DeYoung as a birthday present for his wife Suzanne. The finished track was recorded as a demo with just DeYoung and Styx members John Panozzo and Chuck Panozzo playing on the track, with DeYoung singing all of the harmonies himself. The song was not originally intended to be a Styx track, but Styx members James "J.Y" Young and Tommy Shaw convinced DeYoung to put the song on Cornerstone. As a result, DeYoung's demo was placed on Cornerstone with Shaw overdubbing a guitar solo in the song's middle section. The track became a major hit, reaching #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was their only major UK hit single, reaching #6. In 1999, "Babe" was included in the soundtrack to the movie Big Daddy, starring Adam Sandler, whose character is a huge fan of Styx.