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Friday, June 11, 2010

Mid Life Crisis - Defining Moments in Music Part 1 - 'School Days'

This last week saw me turning an age I don't care to put down in Black and White at the present time but, if i tell you that this was the first record I walked into a shop and bought with my own money it should give you a fairly good indication! Ah..happy days, a few years later i was screaming at my Mum until she took me to one of their concerts. Yes thats right folks, I saw them live - so uncool then but something a kin to having seen the Beatles now!



I had a giant sized Poster of these guys on my bedroom wall..Oh yes I was all class..



This Marked my moving from Primary to Secondary (High) School, my big brother probably had pin-ups of Debbie Harry. Most boys did.



Somewhere in those confusing days of teenage adolescence and anxt,
this one came along. Im not entirlely sure I'd figured out what it was about and what it meant at the time to be honest. I certainly felt like I didnt fit in though. Boys schools are tough. I have very few fond school memories.



I think the group i was most likely to be told off for blasting out too loud in my bedroom in the first half of the Eighties was The Eurythmics. I still admire Annie Lennox.



Alison Moyet and Yazoo saw quite a bit of room-play too, another woman who's voice has stood the test of time and survived the 80's pop product to be taken seriously.



Oddly as far as 80's pop goes, I detested both Madonna and Kylie at that time - I thought they were both talentless trashbags, but they would both feature as the concert id most like to go to right now. Madonna for someone iconic Ive never seen who i started to have a respect and admiration for in the 90's, and Kylie because..well.. its just the campest most feathered and glittering good time of a night out your ever going to get these days - you know your going to have a good time! Fingers crossed for another tour soon.


This Chart-Topper marked my leaving school for Uni. Im seeing a theme here that would bury itself for a good four or five years more lol.
(Did i really do a degree in Biological Sciences?...it seems like another lifetime)


And this to graduate into the big wide world..Doesnt this take you to Summers in London? ..well i mean if you were in London and old enough to be listening to music I mean. Stuff like this makes me miss London.



Well.. I think you get the idea, its doesnt seem possible that I can now employ people im old enough to have parented. Now as much as this sounds like a woe is me wallow.. I have to confess to a certain sense of satisfaction in having made it this far, remembering life before blogs and face book, before internet and i-pods, mobile phones and CD's for that matter.

I remember travel in a time where you had no contact with people you knew for months on end until you went into a randomly pre-arranged post office somewhere and asked hopefully if there were any letters. If you were lucky you came out with a bundle and devoured them excitedly in a cafe. You really did feel a million miles from everything and everyone you knew, which often was a very exciting experience.

So now we are at the other extreme of everyone in the world being connected, of no-where being so remote that you cant find away of checking an email or receiving a text. We really are a global community. A buzz word sparked off in London could be doing the rounds in Sydney by the next day. Many of us have 'online' friends living in other countries who we have never met yet who we have shared things with that we may not have revealed to the people we sit next to at work every day in real life.

So now after having reached the great Aussie milestone of 10years working for the same employer and 3months paid long service leave, Im about to embark on some travel, exploration and contemplation - and this time i shall be taking my newly purchased cuter than cute itty bitty notebook computer. I'll be looking out for that domain of the internet generation - the Wi-fi space, be it in a cafe or hotel. In other years I would always keep a journal of my thoughts and ponderings, I'm getting a huge buzz out of the prospect of updating and sharing these with you as I go by means of this blog.

So this old poop, currently has approximately six weeks left of this year that he is required to be present at work...and just quietly is begining to get just a little bit excited.

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