Sunday, December 28, 2014

Times When Hopper Was Blown Away

by music.  1979 – 1998.  

Figuratively literally, or, quite possibly, literally figuratively:

Listening to ELO’s El Dorado album on my parent’s stereo with headphones, c. 1979

Listening to Pink Floyd’s The Wall, same scenario, c. 1980

Listening to “Dazed and Confused” on my brother’s Walkman, c. 1981

Listening to “Tom Sawyer”, again on my brother’s Walkman, c. 1982

Listening to the works of AC/DC, led by Bon Scott, on various cassettes lent to me by a friend, September 1984

Listening to the cassette tape of Black Sabbath’s Greatest Hits (particularly “Tomorrow’s Dream” and “War Pigs,”), in the car with my family driving to Wisconsin, c. winter 1984

Listening to AC/DC’s “Have a Drink on Me” on my Walkman, summer 1985

Listening to “The End” by the Doors, roommate’s stereo, freshman year of college

Listening to Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, particularly “1983 …”, winter 1987

Listening to “Starship Trooper” on the Yes album, the last vinyl album I ever bought, spring 1987 (and “And You and I”, on cassette, later that same year)

Listening, mouth agape, to “Prophet Song” by Queen, on cassette tape, later that summer

Listening to Farewell to Kings and Hemispheres by the mighty Rush, spring 1989

Listening to Warehouse by Husker Du on CD, and their song “Eiffel Tower High” on one of their other albums whose cassette version I had, summer 1989

Listening to Ritual de lo Habitual by Jane’s Addiction, winter 1990-spring 1991, especially “Three Days”

Listening to “Alive” by Pearl Jam, some NY radio station, while sitting in traffic, summer 1991

Listening to Alice in Chains first three CDs, summer 1991-summer 1992

Listening to “Cherub Rock” by Smashing Pumpkins and their follow up album, Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness, winter 1994-winter 1995

Listening to Screaming Trees and Presidents of the Unites States of America, various albums, winter 1996

Listening to “Scheherazade,” by Rimsky-Korsakov, spring 1998

Possible New Year’s Resolution:  Start listening to some more music again!

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