Memories through music (inspired by another slicer's post)
1. She's So Unusual was the first tape I bought with my own money. I was at the drug store, spinning the tape display (is this even a real memory? What a weird way to sell tapes). I knew "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" but when I found the tape and saw Cyndi's funky outfit and riot hair, I knew in my rebellious 4th grade heart this was the music for me.
2. I moved to the Hudson Valley and would listen to Vassar's student radio station. I had never heard music like this in Michigan. From The Pixies to Wynton Marsalis (who I saw in my first concert on the Vassar campus chapel) I loved it all. Listening to college radio made me feel cool and sophisticated. I believed my taste in music elevated me above the other 8th graders of Wappinger's Falls and even above those of Fishkill (I swear--these are the real names of the towns). I tried to cultivate my air of hipster music knowledge (I still do, a bit. It's hard to let go of that).
3. Does everyone, at every age go through a phase where they listen to Led Zeppelin since there has been a Led Zeppelin? Back in Michigan, I listened to classic rock with all the other 12th graders, my hipster musical pretensions sensibly covered up for the sake of conformity. I would skip school and spending the whole afternoon sprawled across my friend's sofa listening to Led Zeppelin IV. I actually would still love to have four hours to spend with that friend and that album, doing nothing but listening and laughing. It is not as likely to happen now since we both have jobs and our families would eventually expect us to start making dinner.