I have been enjoying reading so many great posts about favorite memories that I decided to chime in - literally - and write about some of my own personal faves. As I thought about what to write...what do you know?...a soundtrack of sorts manifested itself! Hearing something from way back on the radio can take me right back to a different place and time. I like to think of such experiences as bumping into old friends. Over the past few weekends, I have been ripping our cds onto ITunes and nostalgia has been just gushing out of my speakers.
See how this is all making sense?
ABC/Jackson Five - First record (45) ever purchased
Kiss Alive II - First Album ever purchased in 1977 (that's 30 years ago). You've gotta love Beth live!
I've always been a fan of a good soundtrack. We even have a special binder just for my collection of soundtrack cds. Some of my all-time favorites are: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Xanadu, Urban Cowboy and anything Spike Lee.
Summers back in the day were spent at a day camp in the middle of the woods. On those rainy summer days, us "older" girls would hang around teaching each other how to dance. Some of the songs that bring me back to those damp times with the cool kids are Telephone Line/ELO, Dream Weaver/Gary Wright and Seasons in the Sun/Terry Jacks.
I had this hilarious friend, Helen, back in Middle School. She and I were in girlscouts, played basketball and soccer on the same team and were in "like" with these very cute twin boys - Don and Jim - there were one for each of us! We spent a lot of time together and shared a mutual love for the Gong Show - so it is only natural that we started covering Neil Diamond tunes. Our specialty was Love on the Rocks - and, oh!, how we could belt the hell out of that song.
"Suddenly you find you're out there...walking in a storm".
First concert = Scorpions. (Opening acts were Iron Maiden & Girls School).
I would have loved to see KISS as my first concert, but my mother had me convinced that they dispensed drugs in the bathroom. Too risky for a junior high girl who might accidentally put a quarter in the wrong machine or something - so I had to wait til' high school. Coolest thing about the concert was that, after the show, as we were walking toward the "pick up point" (where our folks were waiting for us) - we happened by these crazy limos. You guessed it - YES! - the Scorpions were inside and after some rapping on the windows opened up and shook our hands!!!!!!!!!!!
Fly Like an Eagle/Steve Miller Band
Roller Skating was my life. Before I got my white leather skates with the red wheels - I had some of these (although mine were plastic):
During the summer of 1976 (or was it 77'?), I skated for hours on our back deck - waiting for Fly Like an Eagle to come on so I could practice my routine. That and Blinded Like a Light/Manfred Mann's Earth Band. Although I had both on 45's - I couldn't play them outside and couldn't skate inside. Oh, kids nowadays have no idea!
Elton John/Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Speaking of Routines. My sister and I had a lively one to this song. Worked out nicely because of the duet. Good times.
True - Spandeau Ballet
Shakey's Pizza - Teen Night - First Dance. Ah yes.
This song epitomizes what it felt like to be a kid during the BiCentennial - especially living so close to Philadelphia. Almost like Elton was singing to us - we Pennsylvanians. Makes you want to go run up the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art like Rocky and ring the Liberty Bell, doesn't it???
Journey - Escape
Finally, my all-time favorite album during those awkward years. I listened to it every morning before boarding the bus to junior high school. Steve Perry just spoke to my soul...and how I wished that I was Sherrie.