Reelin’ in the Years – 1984

It’s 1984 and I’m 22 years old. 1984 was a slightly strange year because of George Orwell’s literary masterpiece by the same name. Before 1984 the year was often mentioned as an ominous warning about how we did not want the future to go. David Bowie had released the haunting song “1984” back in 1974. […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 1982

It’s 1982 and I’m twenty years old. No longer a teen. Wow. What a change. I’m loving university and my grades reflect it. Hey, maybe I’m not so dumb, after all, I mused. Maybe I just needed the right setting, the right courses, an inspiring professor or two… I was also a DJ at the […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 1981

It’s 1981 and I’m 19 years old. This is the year of the comeback bands. The Moody Blues, Steve Winwood, and John Lennon all had huge albums and hit singles in ’81. Lesser known acts like King Crimson released a respectable comeback album. And David Byrne (see 1980) teamed up with producer and ambient wizard […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 1974

It’s 1974 and I’m now a big 12 years old. My parents vacationed in England at the president of Ryerson university’s UK home (my dad was the Dean of Business, and generally well-liked at work). Can’t remember exactly where they stayed. But it was by the sea, I think. I remained behind with my elder […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 1972

It’s 1972 and I’ve completed ten full solar orbits on spaceship Earth. I just realized that I overlooked David Bowie’s influential song “Space Oddity” for 1969. When I was seven in ’69, “Space Oddity” was too far out for me. I didn’t discover that until high school. “Rocket Man” (1972) by Elton John is another […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 1971

It’s 1971 and I’m nine years old. Trying to decide on my favorite tune for this year is almost impossible. I could list several. Pop music has not only shifted into a whole new genre in the 70s, but my young brain is maturing now, and I clearly remember all the tunes. Music was having […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 1970

It’s 1970 and I’m eight years old. You had to be there to really understand what 1970 meant. Today it seems so long ago, so old-fashioned. I mean, 70s music. That’s dad and mom music. Maybe even grandpa and grandma music! I remember sitting in junior school and seeing the date written in chalk on […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 1965

It’s 1965 and I’m three years old. The British Invasion was in full swing by ’65. The Stones hit the charts with “Satisfaction” at #3. That is a great song with insightful lyrics and an easy riff that every child guitarist, including myself, played endlessly. “Downtown,” on the other hand, was a tune so popular […]

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