In 1975, when I was 9, I had to have an operation to sort a problem with my teeth. I remember trying hard to be brave but I was pretty nervous. I was going to be in a ward with private rooms, which I'd never seen before.
The week before, Derek Parlane, one of Rangers Football Club's star players, had broken his collarbone. The nurse couldn't possibly have known I loved him! As she settled me into my room, she asked "Do you know Derek Parlane, the Rangers player?" Excitedly, I said "Yes, he's my favourite footballer" "Oh, well you'll be chuffed to know he was the last person to stay in this room, he left yesterday."
And I immediately felt better. Derek Parlane had become my guardian angel - my tooth fairy. The operation was a success and I was home a week later, with my ears pierced as a treat for being a very good girl.
This ofcourse had nothing to do with my life in music - or did it? When I started thinking about my track for today, as soon as I looked up the video on YouTube, Parlane sprung to my mind. When I checked it out, the dates match. The song was released at the end of September and Parlane and I were in hospital in November. Spooky!
The universe, or perhaps the tooth fairy, is trying to tell me something. I just don't know what yet.
They do look rather alike though.....