It's 2009 and I'm 47 years old. For those of you just joining my journey through the past, Reelin' in the Years is an autobiography of sorts thru pop music. When I was a kid music was paramount. Its importance has always been there but my focus has shifted over the years. It's not always... Continue Reading →
It's 2003 and I'm 41 years old. My father would pass away this year so it wasn't exactly a stellar year. However, my faith saw me through. I remember driving down to St. Michael's Cathedral and hearing this song by the Canadian duo Appleton come on the radio. https://youtu.be/ToHuwkUCrBA The radio program was called Lovers and Other... Continue Reading →
1995 was a wonderful year for music. So many classic albums and even the singles charts are looking more promising. I'm 33 years old and buying more pop than I have for decades. And I am feeling a bit of a rebirth - finding my groove again - after going deep into Gregorian chants and... Continue Reading →
It's 1994 and I'm 32 years old. Cruising along with my doctorate, living in Ottawa and spending some time in Toronto during the summer while my parents are away. Apartment living in Ottawa got pretty buggy at times, and my parents' empty house was a welcome respite. Also, the spacious Toronto Reference Library had The Collected... Continue Reading →
It's 1993 and I'm 31 years old. Looking at the charts I almost gave up on posting a favorite song for this year, the music is so lackluster. There are a lot of okay songs from older acts on the way out and from promising younger artists not fully matured. I don't know if this... Continue Reading →
I noticed that Valentines Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day this year. So shall we be somber or spellbound?
Yesterday I was up in my room, working away on the computer. I heard a loud banging sound from outside my door. The other person in the house called up, "What was that!" To me it sounded metallic, like the lid of a pot falling to the floor, or maybe a bathroom suction cup holder... Continue Reading →
I recently posted a nice article basically encouraging Jews and Muslims to better get along. I'm all for that. I also realize that people tend to be happy with their religious traditions and don't want to change. At the same time, I sometimes wish that those who don't really get what Christ is about could... Continue Reading →