Reelin’ in the Years – 1989

It's 1989 and I'm twenty-seven years old. OMG! I'm over the hill. But really... there was something about this year. Was it those first few wrinkles I saw looking at my mug in my girlfriend Claudia's (not her real name) mirror? She was a bit younger than me and used to joke that I was... Continue Reading →

Reelin’ in the Years – 1988

It's 1988 and I'm 26 years old. I've been studying in India for a year, doing a degree in Comparative Religion. During summer break the heat was intolerable so I returned to Canada where the temperatures are great in the summertime. Somewhat out of touch with Western ways, I immersed myself in family, friends, and... Continue Reading →

Reelin’ in the Years – 1987

It's 1987 and I'm twenty-five years old. Looking over the charts I realize I'm at a loss in the pop world. This is a bit strange for me. Sort of like I fell into a black hole and couldn't receive all the signals of Western culture. Huh? Let me explain. Toward the end of the... Continue Reading →

Reelin’ in the Years – 1986

It's 1986 and I'm 24 years old. Looking over the charts I didn't want to do what I did for '85---post a song or two that meant something to me then but not so much now. Music should engage. So I'm cheating a bit this year. My selection is from a compilation album released in... Continue Reading →

Reelin’ in the Years – 1985

It's 1985, I'm 23 years old and getting past a romantic breakup by exploring new avenues of creativity. I'd just purchased a recording Walkman and inherited an old reel to reel tape deck that recorded one stereo track at a time. So a friend and I began making experimental music and alternative soundscapes. We taped... Continue Reading →

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.... Continue Reading →

Reelin’ in the Years – 1983

It's 1983 and I'm 21 years old. A legal adult in most countries. I believe the age of majority was 19 yrs in Ontario back then. But it used to be 18 and 21 yrs. I'm not into alcohol so it never was a huge issue for me. What is an adult, anyhow? Some chronological... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Reelin’ in the Years – 1980

It's 1980 and I'm eighteen years old. Almost a legal adult. Musically, this was an awkward year on the charts. Lots of second-rate material, IMO. So I turned to the memory of albums I was buying back then. Definitely recall going downtown to Sam the Record Man and buying this. I felt so mature and... Continue Reading →

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