Compost: 1983

The other day I was listening to my iPod as I wrote, swaying in my chair as I typed to songs such as “All Night Long” by Lionel Ritchie, “Beat It” and “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, “Down Under” by Men at Work, “Flashdance” by Irene Cara, and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper. I felt free and confident and together.

Suddenly I realized that all those songs were released around the same time. When I looked them up, I saw they had all been released in 1983. Well, no wonder I felt together. 1983 was a great year for me. I had been promoted at work, and was making more money than I’d ever made before. I was in the midst of a new romantic relationship. I had just bought a new car – a sleek dark blue Z28 Camaro.

So it makes sense that when I listen to the popular songs of 1983, I feel damn good … even if I no longer have that high-paying job, the romantic relationship has long since bit the dust, and I drive a 10-year-old sedate sedan that gets good gas mileage.

You gotta love the power of music.

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