Reelin’ in the Years – 1999

It’s 1999 and I’m having the same problem I had with 1998. I don’t connect with most of the pop charts this year. But I respect Cher for coming back with “I believe.” She was big in the 70s TV show Sonny and Cher. To resurface with the foresight of where pop would be going… […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 1998

So it’s 1998 and I’m 36 years old. I’m still living in Ottawa, in a slightly rundown apartment beside the Union Mission. I’m getting pretty used to hearing street people making noise because, well, I live right beside them. One night I had to call the cops because a big guy was pounding on my door […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 1997

It’s 1997 and I’m 35 years old. U2 releases Pop which for me was a waste of money. One could actually discern the beginning of U2’s slide with Zooropa (1993), Achtung Baby (1991) being a tough act to follow. Meantime David Bowie releases a strong album, Earthling. I almost chose the song “Little Wonder” from […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 1995

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 […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 1994

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 […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 1991

It’s 1991 and I’m 29 years old. Finally, the 90s are really here. Music is tightening up and I’m listening to the radio a bit more, buying more albums. I suppose Nirvana is a big deal for a lot of people. But for me, the only thing I can sing is “Hello… hello…” Maybe I’m […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 1990

Whew. Those overblown 80s are finally over and I’m 28 years old. I’m living in Canada again. Not the happiest time in my life, especially after spending two years in tropical India, where the sound of frogs and crickets lulled me to sleep each night. Musically, I just looked over the charts for 1990 and […]

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