One of the things that you get to do (or eventually have to do) when you move every five to six years, is go through “boxes in the attic”. Recently, after being six months in our new house, it was time to, once again, try to whittle down the accumulated “junk” of over 20 years to be put back in storage for the next move.
After going through the fourth box of my son’s baby spoons, Disney videos and Kindergarten “projects”, I came across an old familiar picture album. Coming apart at the binding from the heat of the attic, the pictures protected, however, by the plastic sheeting of the pages, the album evoked a reflective mood.
Then there she was. Staring back at me, like “Where ya been?” That graduation picture from 1982….25 years ago….I had trouble wrapping my head around THAT!
Twenty-five years ago, this young girl’s life was all in front of her. When this picture was taken, I was six weeks removed from a very nasty car crash. Thankfully, the 30 or so stitches I took from hitting the windshield (stupidly, no seat belt) of that ’81 Chevy Chevette (a/k/a Piece of Shit) were skillfully applied by a plastic surgeon right above my hairline and didn’t show. After 25 years, that scar is now slightly below my hair line.
Sort of a metaphor for the passing of 25 years. The scar on that girl “moved” with the years….through marriage, divorce, re-marriage, professional acclaim, motherhood, loss of grandparents and parents, etc., to finally settle in a place where the scars show a little, but can be appropriately concealed by strategically placed bangs.
Pictures certainly evoke memories, but for me this picture pops the music into my head. While 1982 isn’t a year of musical epiphanies, for those that were between the carefree of childhood and the harsh reality of adulthood there was bell weather music. Here’s to the silver anniversary of adulthood…let’s hope that in 25 more years, that scar’s not in the middle of my forehead.
J. Geils Band’s Freeze Frame – Our Senior Anthem and a Class Trip favorite….over and over and over.
On that Senior trip to Destin, FL, when Destin was still just a quaint fishing village, I watched MTV for the first time (hey, we didn’t even have cable…) I was a HUGE Men at Work fan and was totally hooked on this video and I thought Colin Hay was totally hawt. Who Can it Be Now?
Dazz Band Let it Whip – Many, many a Friday night dance….
Pat Benatar Love is a Battlefield — ok, I REALLY wanted to be Pat Benatar.
Here’s a bonus Pat Benatar – Hell is For Children…Pat RAWKS!
The original girl band (and prolly the best) — The Go Go’s – We Got the Beat
Hugely into Jackson Browne — Somebody’s Baby
Dr. Rick on General Hospital, Rick Springfield (who I thought was MEGA-HAWT in ’82) Don’t Talk to Strangers
The most popular phone number in 1982, 867-5309 by Tommy Tutone
The great Hall & Oates with Maneater…
I should warn you all that I’m a HUGE Steve Miller Band fan….you’ll likely see alot more of SMB…..This is Abracadabra (or is it a strange morph of Turn Your Love Around?)
Wouldn’t be complete without Journey — Open Arms.…sidenote, our class song was Don’t Stop Believin’ (buncha pot heads…)
No explanation needed….John “Cougar” Mellencamp’s Jack & Diane
The great Stevie Nicks and Leather & Lace (still one of my all time favorites….lurve the raspy voice).
The Solid Gold Dancers, finally, y’all showed up….George Benson and Turn Your Love Around on Solid Gold.
The incomparable Willie Nelson and Always on My Mind…ok, Willie in a “wifebeater” is just not right.
Sir Paul and the King of All, Sir Duke in Ebony & Ivory…POPALICIOUS!
and finally, the number ONE song of 1982…..Rosanna by Toto
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