Riding in the time machine  

rm_titsandtires 51M/41F
2973 posts
1/31/2006 1:03 am

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Riding in the time machine

Tonight I was listening to a CD that my wife just bought me. It was recorded long ago, and although I'm not one to live in the past, this one is still good. It's one of the "best of" or "greatest hits" or whatever of Foreigner. As I was listening to it in the car, a song came on that I don't think I've heard in at least fifteen years. And the coolest thing happened.

I need to go back a bit here.

When I was a kid growing up in St. Louis, there was a radio station that used to have a special of some sort on Sunday nights. They had a catchy name for it, which I don't recall, but I remember spending half the day sometimes watching the clock for hours to make sure I didn't miss it. They would highlight one album, and play the whole thing in its entirety without commercials. I can remember making sure I had a new cassette tape ready to go, loaded in my $59.00 radio/turntable/cassette player/recorder. (Don't laugh, you had one just like it, didn't you?)

Tonight though, I remembered the first time I heard that song. Sitting on the shiny waxed hardwood floor of my bedroom, listening to my newest music acquisition, and checking the tape every 3-5 minutes to make sure it didn't become the stereos dinner. I thought back to the memories of hearing a song that was so amazing, I couldn't wait to go back and listen to it after the taping session was done. Some of it was garbage, some of it was treasure. One treasure in particular was when the radio station was given the wrong reel to reel by mistake, and because I had my recorder going, I was the lucky recipient of two singles that were never released by the Pat Travers Band.

But that's the cool thing about music. It's a real life time machine. It doesn't have flashing lights and knobs and buttons, but it can take you to a time that you would have otherwise forgotten about. A time that may have otherwise gone the way of that $59.00 stereo. (I have no idea what ever happened to it.)

So tonight, I feel a little older. Having visited a time when I knew nothing of bills, responsibilities, cell phones, cable TV, or blogs. It was a time to watch the calendar, and make sure I had a new cassette ready to go on Sunday night.

frbnkslady 48F
6183 posts
1/31/2006 9:39 am

Amazing isn't it?? My son hears a song and says "Hey, thaaaats cool..." I just start to laugh... "Baby,that song was cool when I was younger then you...' LMAOOOOO He just looks stunned..


rm_titsandtires 51M/41F
3656 posts
1/31/2006 6:34 pm

Hey T. I know what you mean. I have a co-worker, he's 24 or so, same thing. He'll ask me if I've ever heard of "fill in the blank" and it usually results in laughter.

carebearluv2 41F

1/31/2006 8:06 pm

Tires, while I am only 31, I still get excited when I hear the songs from my older childhood/teenage years. Songs like "Straight Up" or "Push It". Just takes me back to the those child days of dancing with my crush of the moment at the dance every Friday night. We never seem to miss childhood until it's gone. I tell my son to savor it but like myself, he can't wait to be an adult. We'll see what he thinks in 10 years when he is paying bills!

rm_titsandtires 51M/41F
3656 posts
2/1/2006 12:29 am

carebear - a friend of ours who's turning 50 this next month just told us the story of her first french kiss. she remembers the song that was playing, it was at a high school dance. the story was too funny! that's another post...


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