Slice of Life Story Challenge March 1 - First, Let's Deal With Some Firsts
Given that is the first post of a new Slice of Life Story Challenge, it seemed wholly appropriate that my thoughts should go to ‘firsts.’ We experience so many firsts early in our lives, but as we get older the rate tends to slow a little. However, this doesn’t preclude one from continuing to push boundaries and seeking out new ‘firsts.’
Yesterday, I found myself making a list of some firsts that have occurred across time. It was easy to think of ‘firsts’ and so my list contained such things as:
first family holiday destination
first teaching appointment
first overseas destination
first left home
However, the firsts that really had me reeling back the years and reminiscing were the purchase of my first musical album, Bob Dylan’s double album, ‘Blonde On Blonde’ a vinyl masterpiece. I scrounged enough money from my meagre student allowance to buy this first album. What made it even better, lay in the fact that it was a double album, something of a rarity. It must have been extremely significant in the scheme of things as I still have it to this very day. Vintage vinyl.
I vividly recall how my father likened Dylan’s voice to cat’s wailing, Consequently, he didn’t hear the lyric line which for me was both mesmerising and thought provoking. I was asked to only play this record with my bedroom door closed and the sound turned down. The early Dylan and his songs of poetic protest coincided with my early hesitant steps into adult life and independence. The whole event was pure synchronicity. To say he was influential on me personally is to underline the power of his messages at that time.
My first live concert which was ‘The Who’ in Melbourne. And live, it certainly was.
The Who came to prominence with what was called the British musical invasion and I immediately fell under the spell of songs like ‘Substitute’ and ‘My Generation’ so when they came to Melbourne, it was time for another first experience. I still recall being mightily impressed with the sound and energy of the band. They were loud and wild and I was entranced by their stage presence.They accurately captured their recorded sound in their live performances. They gave it all for the audience. It made for a life-long memory.
So, firsts are both important and significant in our lives. They attach themselves to memories, milestones and occasionally they represent a turning point or a fork in the road. They can also serve as a launching pad or a breakthrough. This is the first post in a month of posts and represents yet another beginning. I look forward to what this month of sustained writing, reading and sharing reveals.