What were my two favorite shows on television growing up? The answer is MTV and General Hospital. I could catch GH when I got off the bus after elementary school. I love music, so to me music videos were the greatest thing since sliced bread. What do the two have in common? That would be Rick Springfield.
Hopelessly, Completely, MADLY in Love was originally set in Springfield, Kentucky. I later found information the the section of railroad from Bardstown to Springfield wasn’t completed until 1888. A little too late for my book that starts out in 1876.
The location was changed to Bardstown, but Lexi still manages to visit Springfield.
Jesse Dalton in the book received his name from one of Rick Springfield’s songs. My son had phonics in elementary school, so he can’t spell. When he loaded the song on my iTunes, he put “Jesse’s Girl.” I always looked at that title and liked the spelling, even though I knew it was wrong. I’d seen the video at least a million times.
This same son now owns a record player and has all my vinyl, including the single pictured below.