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    Flashback: Music From The Eighties

    It was a couple of months ago when Herman was working a Saturday shift at the newspaper.  Terry was hanging out with me introducing me to jello shots, which is jello made with water and vodka, when this infomercial from Time/Life appears on the television.  Now normally I wouldn’t watch such stuff, but it was all about 80’s soft rock music and the hosts of the show were about our age. 

    Turns out every song that was being advertised Terry and I knew all the words and melodies to. We were beside ourselves with laughter.  If you could hear us sing you would understand why. 

    I had Terry write down all the appropriate ordering information and when Herman returned I announced that I had to get this music.  It took several weeks but I finally convinced him to go ahead and order the music. 

    We first went online to Time/Life and tried to order it that way, but there was some kind of computer glitch that night.  So I had Herman jot down the 800 number and phoned them directly myself.  This was a present to myself so I had to wait until I had money in my checking account.  Time/Life made it very simple in that they split the cost into several payments. 

    So now I anxiously awaited for the CD’s to come.  When they did it was 11 CD’s in all.  Some of my favorite titles from back then were included.  For instance one that comes to mind right away was a Cat Stevens song called “Wild World.”  But honestly every song except a few brought back strong memories from the era. 

    During a weekday when Terry  was here with me we selected five CD’s and loaded up the CD player and the fun began.  I was amazed that we both remembered all of the lyrics.  Of course this brought on more fits of laughter from us both, as well as memories of what we were doing at that time in our lives.  We were both between 18 and 25 years old at that time. 

    Some more titles include, “Baby I’m-A Want You” by Bread, “A Horse With No Name” by America, “Ride Like The Wind” by Christopher Cross, “Lonesome Loser” by Little River Band, “Listen To The Music” by the Doobie Brothers just to name a few.  They also included a bonus CD from 1977.  A couple songs that were included were “Cold As Ice” by Foreigner, “Fly Like An Eagle” by Steve Miller and “Blinded By The Light” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.

    I strongly encourage you to go to Time/Life for this music if you are an 80’s music fan as I am. 


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com