What Went Wrong?

Originally posted on Barefoot Justine:
I’ve had this problem, one that started early into adulthood. The problem is that there is music I love that I cannot bear. Be it in the background at a supermarket, on the radio, with friends, on my own, this music always brings me to tears. Not tears due to…

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Reelin’ in the Years – 1979

It’s 1979, I’m seventeen years old, and once again everything is changing. Pop music does that. A friend in India (where I studied a decade later) once sagely commented that the attraction of pop is its ephemeral nature. Well, yes and no. There are some timeless classics. But he was right. Change change change. If […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 1976

1976 was a funny year in pop. I’m 14 years old and sensing that the fluff is starting to overtake the substance. I was probably lamenting by this time that nobody comes close to the Beatles. I went thru a phase like that, where I felt EVERYTHING was second-rate compared to the Beatles. I don’t […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 1975

It’s 1975 and I’m a whopping 13 years old. A young teen and everything is changing. New school. New emotions. New interests. Looking over the charts for this year I’m torn between David Bowie’s “Fame” and Van McCoy’s “The Hustle.” I admire Bowie. To me, he’s like the Sibelius of pop music. If you don’t […]

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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 – 1973

It’s 1973, I’m eleven years old, and mankind has been to the moon so many times it’s like “Oh did they do that again?” People being the fickle creatures that they are soon lost interest in the moon shots. And the manned (peopled?) lunar program was all washed up by ’73. Skylab quietly ushered in […]

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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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