I guess before I jump into my love of 90’s music, it’s a good idea to go further back down memory lane and remember what got me to the 90’s…The Big 80s!
While I consider my heyday the 1990’s, I truly grew up in the 1980’s. I spent my grade school and high school days in the 1980’s and it’s really where my love of music took hold. I remember the summer of 1980 and my mom holding onto her love of “modern music” and playing the big hits from that summer. Elvira by the Oak Ridge Boys, Kiss on my List by Hall and Oats, and 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton.
During the summer of 1980 I was between third and fourth grades and it was where I guess I started gaining my own thoughts and opinions (I’m sure my mother would argue I formulated my own opinions way before that, but that’s for another time).
Old Time Rock and Roll
In my bedroom, I had an digital clock that also played music – high tech for the early 80’s! I had a tape recorder right next to my alarm clock and waited for the DJ to play the next “Hot Hit” so I could hit record on my tape recorder.
I had dozens of mixed-tapes in those days of recordings of the DJ talking over the beginning of a song and the sound of dead-air that was between my tape recorder and my digital clock, but I didn’t care. I had the songs I loved to listen on tape and I could play and listen to my favorite music whenever I wanted.
Today, I sometimes put on the 80’s channel on my Sirius radio while I’m driving in my car. The songs play so smoothly through my car speakers, but in the back of my mind I can hear that old 1980’s DJ talking over the beginning of the song and the sound of dead-air between my recorder and digital clock.
Even the songs I despised as a kid I love to hear today because they take me back to those early years of my life when the only thing that seemed to matter was getting the next “Hot Hit” taped. Music is a wonderful glimpse at the soul and provides a wonderful view of yesterday. That’s why I love music so.