I have another blog-life outside of this one. I use it to practice my Spanish. It’s called Fotolog. Raul introduced it to me. Each day we post a photo and add text to explain or enhance the photo (My Flog, Raul’s Flog)
Today, Raul talked about Bananarama which reminded me of their first success in Canada: Shy Boy. This song, along with Rough Trade’s High School Confidential and The B-52s Rock Lobster, introduced me to New Wave.
As you can tell by the choice of songs that my introduction to New Wave came about at the same time as I started to realize that I was more than a bit different from the rest of my classmates – that perhaps I might be gay.
Many kids would have hid their love of these songs, but not me. I knew being a fan of Shy Boy would likely get me beaten up, but it never occurred to me to hide it. People’s reactions were their problems. I knew grade school would end eventually and I’d find others who "liked the same music as me."
Thanks for reminding me of my youthful inner strength, Raul!
- Look back through your life and celebrate the moments you showed more strength than you thought you had.
- What was one of your self-defining moments from childhood?