Friday, June 4, 2010

Five on Friday - 1976

For this week's edition of Travis' Five on Friday meme, I thought I'd step back into the past 34 years and pull out a few of my favorites from 1976. In addition to yesterday being the 7th anniversary of my time at American Ambulance, it was also the 34th anniversary of my graduation from high school.  Wow. Where on earth did the time go? 

Thirty-four years ago on a beautiful June evening in Willimantic, Connecticut I sat on the football field next to the other officers of the Windham High School Class of 1976 (I was the Class Secretary) and listened to a very young and very new United States Senator Christopher J. Dodd deliver our commencement address.  I don't remember a thing the man said either during the graduation ceremony or at the reception following but I'm pretty sure I liked him a lot better back then than I do all these years later but I guess that's neither here nor there being that he has wisely chosen not to run for re-election and this post isn't about him anyway - it's about the music of the time.

Music has that amazing and magical quality of taking you right back to where you were when you first listened to it and these songs are no exception to that.  On June 3rd, 1976 I was 17 years old, leaving high school behind, and holding orders to ship out for basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas just four days later on June 7th.  Certainly makes me wish I knew then what I know now but in spite of the unexpected twists, turns, and bumps along the way it's been a pretty good journey so far with just a few exceptions along the way.

Anyhow, enough of my babbling, enjoy the music and if you get a chance please swing by Trav's Thoughts and play along with us. Who knows?  Your favorite music could also become my favorite music!


9 comments:

  1. Ah, 1977. I was still young then. And busy making lots of mistakes! And working for something like $4 an hour! Yikes.

    My ex was at Lackland about 2 years ahead of you!

    Happy Friday! Big hugs xo

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  2. Thank you for sharing music from not "my day" but music I love anyway. I was married and hardly listening to music anymore... Love Elton John! :)

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  3. I remember 1977 when it snowed in W Palm Beach in January, and my baby was born in February! Nice remembrances...and music.

    Big hugs...

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  4. 1976 - I was in grade six and turning twelve years old that year. Head over heels for the Bay City Rollers. Couldn't resist the Scots then and nothing has changed since!

    Don't laugh, but my favorite from your set today is Don't Fear the Reaper. Wouldn't have touched that song with a ten foot pole in 1976, but from my vantage point now, what a great song. And I'm sure you'll know my reference to The Stand - the perfect song for that miniseries, which I love.

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  5. I graduated from high school in June of 1975 and as you say, where have the years gone since then??? Love the songs you chose, talk about bringing back memories of the 70's:-) The only thing I really regret was getting married at age 18, the year after I graduated. Apart from that, life has been pretty good!!

    Congrats on 7 years of working at your present job:-) I can well imagine some of the emergency calls you've gotten! lol Good to know, though, that there is a level headed person like you on the other line. xoxo

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  6. I'd just given birth to my second son in May 1976 - No time to listen to music! LOL

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  7. Oooh two of my favorites from that era: Devil Woman and Right Back Where We Started From. Wonderful selections.

    1976 was a momentous year for me as well. Wouldn't mind doing it all over again.

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  8. I liked that Set! Let's see...in 1976 I was well on my way to developing my own particular musical tastes, after a most excellent apprenticeship with my mom's and gran's music.

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  9. Ouch! Was it really all those years ago?

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