I Wanna Go Back

I’m listening to a compilation of Eddie Money tunes on Spotify as I’m thinking back to 1983 when his videos for Shakin’” and Think I’m in Love” were all over MTV. A year later, Ric Ocasek was walking on water in the Magic” video and turning into a fly in the You Might Think” video.

These artists, among so many others, were the soundtrack of my high school days.

Age has a way with catching up with everyone. I’m not 16 anymore even though in my mind some of the pop icons at that time are indelibly etched eternally at the age they were when they meant something to me. Reality is they got older too.

Eddie Money passed away at age 70. Ric Ocasek was 75 when he was found dead at home.

Michael Hutchence, George Michael, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Prince have already left us. When Sting, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna shuffle off this mortal coil, representatives of an incredible era of music will be gone.

As I’ve now reached past 50, the lyrics for I Wanna Go Back” mean so much more now.

I was listening to the radio
I heard a song reminded me of long ago
Back then I thought that things were never gonna change
It used to be that I never had to feel the pain
I know that things will never be the same now

I’m feeling so much older.

September 20, 2019

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