#MTV 35th Anniversary And My Love Affair With Music

August 1, 2016

Today marks August 1st, which is a very important day to me; it is the day MTV launched 35 years ago. We weren’t lucky enough to have MTV on our cable system in Shoshoni, WY, so I missed the launch, but I knew I needed it. The only music videos we had were on WTBS on Friday and Saturday nights, or some odd channel (I can’t remember what it was) that played music videos weekday mornings.

Music videos were a great part of my life even without MTV. But when my dad installed a huge dish in our backyard, MTV was a channel we received, and every chance I got, I ran outside to crank the dish to the correct geosynchronous orbit; my dad only bought the base model receiver and it didn’t include an automatic dish turner.

The first music video I remember seeing was Eurythmics, “Here Comes the Rain Again”, and I became obsessed with Annie and Dave. I must say my love affair with Eurythmics hasn’t dwindled in the least bit, and most of the time you can find something of theirs in my playlists.

It amazes me how technology has changed since the days of the big dish with the likes of dish and other providers I will not mention. Back then I had dozens of cassette tapes, which morphed into compact discs, and now MP3’s. I didn’t miss 8-tracks, my friends had them, and my first car had an 8-track player, but I only had one tape (I think it was Brian Adams “Reckless”). My parents had a strange collection of vinyl, things like Patti Page, Dean Martin, maybe Connie Francis, and a ton of classical music which I still don’t have a taste for.

Give me Pop Music, New Wave, Industrial, and anything awesome from the 80’s. Light on the Hair Bands, Metal, and Rap, please. Strange sounds coming from synthesizers delight me, leading me to bands like Information Society and Kon Kan. Don’t forget Pet Shop Boys and Erasure, and, please, slather me with Prince and Samantha Fox. Then there’s the obscure one hit wonders that I laboriously search for after hearing their song on SiriusXM 80’s on 8 or 1st Wave, to include Combo Audio, “Romanticide”, OXO, “Whirly Girl”, and the list goes on.

Then there’s music people are confused about me liking; Moody Blues with my favorite song “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere”, Don Henley, “Boys of Summer”, or even Dan Hartman entrancing me with “I Can Dream About You”. Now that I’ve moved along to MP3’s it’s easier to see the eclectic collection of music I’ve put together, creating the soundtrack of my life.

Somehow there’s artists like Dusty Springfield and Carpenters lurking with Madonna and Cyndi Lauper, while Dolly Parton waves and says howdy with a big, heartfelt smile. Def Leppard plays before Wham!, and the goth part of me devours Siouxsie and the Banshees followed by Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry. As I write this, something fabulous came on, Rod Stewart, “Lost In You,” and I want to jump up and dance.

When I’m writing any of these artists might be playing, pushing me along with every drop beat or guitar solo. Books and music have been huge in my life, they are my passion, and sometimes all I want to do. Let me now share some of my most beloved music videos. Enjoy! And thank you all the MTV VJ’s for the memories, but especially Nina Blackwood she was always my favorite.