In my ongoing quest for new blog topics, I discovered a delightful site – First 50 Words – that provides writing prompts and a writing sample of what the first fifty words might look like. It is definitely part of my RSS feed, and I’ve bookmarked so many of the ideas. Today is the first one I’m using as an idea for the whole post, not just the first 50 words.
Here Comes the Sun
Being a child of the ’80s, many an hour of my adolescence was spent creating my own mixed tapes. The summer between my sophomore and junior year I became engrossed with the music of the 1960s. Ma and Tom had a fabulous CD collection, so I remember thoughtfully planning out a tape, making sure the songs would play well next to each other and set a mental mood.
I felt so superior that I knew the name of Buffalo Springfield’s, “For What it’s Worth,” and I knew all the words to Country Joe McDonald’s “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag.” Both of those songs, plus of course “War,” were prominently featured on one side.
The other side was comparatively light and airy. The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” is the song that stands out most in my mind. It was followed by “California Dreaming.” I listened to that tape until it warped and then finally broke. To this day whenever I hear “Here Comes the Sun,” my brain is waiting for the Mamas and the Papas to join in next.
I assume I wasn’t the only teenager who felt like she was born into the wrong era. Not that I would have lived the hippy lifestyle or anything if I grew up in Ma’s era instead of my own – not enough rules to suit me, especially at that age! Much like television programming from the 1950s gave a distorted perception of life in the era, the music was not enough to give me the true feel of the times. I do believe that my interest in this music and the story it told is in part what drew me to study history in college.
Was I the only one that thought out every song on mixed tapes? or What era speaks most to you?