My 25th Anniversary
I think I just figured out why I’m in such a nostalgic mood these days. It’s simple, really, and I wonder why it didn’t occur to me sooner.
Exactly 25 years ago this week, a series of events yanked me out of the closet. I was 16, only turning 17 two months later.
Living on the Inside (mp3, 5.3 MB, 5:39)
Sombre as it may seem, this song from Tiger in the Rain is the anthem of my coming out. I can still remember listening to it over and over and over 25 years ago. I remember aspiring for the comfortable mood that song inspired in me.
Sanpuko (mp3, 4.0 MB, 5:39)
This one is also from Tiger in the Rain, and I remember spending many evenings in 1982 at Crackers in Moncton with The Quad or ‘Nique. (Bonjour, mon amie!) That’s when I started drinking coffee. And that’s where we first heard Michael Franks.
…at my fantastic Morris Street bachelor apartment… (this one, ironically, reminds me of a remarkably warm late-October morning after a very inconsequential trick with the knitting sailor)
How I Remember You (mp3, 5.3 MB, 5:11)
…and at Fort Needham…
Abandoned Garden (mp3, 6.3 MB, 5:24)
…forever endearing to the summer person that I am…
Dragonfly Summer (mp3, 4.7 MB, 5:03)
…and bringing a smile through a bit of frivolity.
When Blackbirds Fly (mp3, 3.1 MB, 3:17)
Twenty-five years… Wow! How did that happen?