A Follower of Marxism

marxismMarxism seems to have a cycle and it morphs just a little each time it comes back around. If you were a teenager or thereabouts in the 80’s, then you are probably familiar with the particular form of Marxism I want to talk about today.

Richard Marxism.

richard marxI admit that I crushed on him back in the day. My favorite Richard Marx song from that time period is “Don’t Mean Nothin'”. That’s when he met his video costar, Cynthia Rhoades (also known as Penny from Dirty Dancing), who has been Mrs. Marx for the past 23+ years. Which makes me crush on him even more. If I was into crushing on men other than my husband, that is. Which I’m not. Because he’s been Mr. Jenster for the past 24+ years and I find that hot.

Let’s just take a moment and watch that video, shall we?

He’s cute, isn’t he? And she’s beautiful. And they make a cute couple and I love that they are happy and raised their three boys and are not Hollywood.

I feel that Richard Marx has been greatly underestimated over the past 25 years. He’s incredibly talented and has not only written all his own songs, but he’s also composed and produced many other artists – Barbara Streisand, Keith Urban, Luther Vandross, Hugh Jackman, Natalie Cole, LeAnne Rimes, Daughtry, Lifehouse, Vince Gill, just to name a few.

Let’s just say for a second that I was a stalker. If I was I would totally be stalking him right now. He’s in Pennsylvania this very minute. He was on QVC with his three sons the other day (they’re very talented singers as well), in York last night and in Sellersville this evening. I told Mr. Jenster that if he wasn’t in Ohio he would be taking me to see Richard Marx tonight.

Why this seemingly sudden interest in Marxism?  I saw this video on Yahoo. It’s his new Christmas song, but he’s hardly in it. Instead it’s full of his friends – several that you will know – lip synching. See how many you recognize.


I think I’ll embrace my Marxism and go listen to his new Christmas album that I bought yesterday.


  1. nwhannas on December 12, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Darling. All of it.

    • Jenster on December 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      I know you are but what am I?

  2. Michele McMillan on December 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I must be showing my fifty-something age; I’ve never heard of him, but I did enjoy the Christmas song/video! I’ll have to check out the other video later 😉

    • Jenster on December 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      He was popular in the mid-80’s. Loved him. But I think I like him even more now.

      • Michele McMillan on December 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

        Mmmmm, mid-80’s I was in the middle of raising young’uns and figuring out home schooling; listening to “Psalty, the singing Psalmbook”. No wonder I hadn’t heard of him 😉

  3. Tara Watson on December 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Ok, so I “might” have had a Richard Marx cassette…and I totally enjoyed Christmas Spirit, gonna be in my head all night! At least it’s not one of Justin Bieber’s Christmas tunes…

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