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 – 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 – 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. […]

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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 – 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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Alpha Omega

When David Bowie’s last lp Blackstar came out, I remember thinking that I’d get around to listening to it. After a couple of days I thought, Oh, I really should give it a listen. After all, Bowie has been one of my favs since my childhood and early teens. His music resonated through many of […]

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