Reelin’ in the Years – 2009

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 […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 2008

It’s 2008 and I’m 46 years old. I remember some difficult years after my father’s passing. Things were unraveling a bit until I got into a new relationship with Ginger (not her real name). Looking back through my life I see just how much different women have helped to keep me going in the right direction. In […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 2007

It’s 2007 and I’m 45 years old. This year makes me smile because the Canadian TV comedy show The Kids in the Hall used to do a sketch where this groovy looking guy would fall into the camera and the headlines would read “He’s hip, he’s cool, he’s 45…” I think the implication was that […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 2005

It’s 2005 and I’m 43 years old. Pope John-Paul II and Johnny Carson die this year while North Korea announces it has nuclear weapons. I remember driving downtown and hearing if not this song another one by Mariah Carey and thinking how pop music, in Toronto anyhow, had become the era of the diva. This isn’t a bad […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 2002

It’s 2002 and I’m 40 years old. I’m adjusting to Toronto life nicely, after spending almost a decade away. The city has changed a lot since I was a kid. Not only bigger but a much better cultural and religious mix. Toronto is emerging as a multicultural powerhouse. Traffic is getting more congested, not just at […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 2001

It’s 2001 and I’m 39 years old. This was an eventful year. I formally converted to Catholicism at Easter in 2001. I remember feeling graces pouring down on me after leaving the church that sunny day. The other main event, of course, was 9/11. I was with my parents that morning. We had CNN on […]

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