For a while now I have been thinking about starting a series of posts on my blog. I have the Top 5 series but don't write enough of them to make it a regular feature. So I had to decide on a topic I liked enough to write about weekly. The obvious answer, music. I love music, love to listen to it, write about it, dance to it, and share it. I had planned on sharing a few songs that are constantly stuck in my head right now but then thought, to start this off, I should go back to one of my earliest music memories.
It's 1980, I'm almost 7. My parents decide to have a yard sale and since I'm at that age where I don't need my baby stuff but also am still very attached to it, they tell me I can keep some part of the proceeds of whatever I decide to sell. I don't remember what treasures I sold, but I clearly remember what I bought. I bought 2 albums that, looking back, must have made my parents so nervous and truly signified getting rid of my childish things.
Tom Petty's Damn the Torpedoes (the full album) and Pat Benatar's Hit Me with Your Best Shot (the single). I can still picture the album cover of Damn the Torpedoes. Tom in a leather jacket, holding a guitar, and lots of hot pink. In case it's not as vivid a memory for you, here he is in all his glory:
As weird as it is to think of my 6 year-old self singing about putting another notch in my lipstick case, I, somewhat pompously, think it's pretty awesome that these were the first 2 albums I bought with my own money. It also makes me happy to be a child of the 70s. If I were a little younger, my first album might have been NKOTB or Tiffany.
For your listening pleasure:
Don't Do Me Like That (mp3)
Hit Me With Your Best Shot (mp3)