Every day from now until Spring, I will play a song from each year from 1940-2020. I’ll also write a little bit about the song and why I chose it to represent that year.

I should almost change the into to “Every other day or so…” since I am getting a bit behind and these posts I had good intentions of making daily. But here in the US, it is tax season, and I am doing A LOT of overtime. These last three weeks I have averaged about 25 extra hours on top of my regular 40. I’d like to say I can use the extra money to pay for a big trip, but right now, it just getting out of debt (almost entirely medical bills). But I won’t soapbox about my financial state, I mean it is what it is. But about 1986…


The year was a great one for music. In fact, several of my all-time most beloved albums came out in the late 80’s including “Graceland” by Paul Simon, “The Joshua Tree” (U2), “Nothing like the sun” (Sting) “Brothers in Arms” (Dire Straits) and the album which contained this year’s selection “So” by Peter Gabriel. While many people remember the song “In your eyes” from the 1989 film “Say Anything” it actually was originally released as a single in 1986.

It is my honest opinion “In your eyes” is one of the most exquisite love songs ever written.  A deft fusion of sensual and spiritual percussion swirling through profoundly confessional lyrics. There’s a phrase that resonates with me as I power through my overtime.

Love, I don’t like to see so much pain
So much wasted and this moment keeps slipping away
I get so tired of working so hard for our survival
I look to the time with you to keep me awake and alive

The things that sustain me become harder to come by when I become a blur to my family and friends. But I come by it honestly, my father was a blur to me growing up and my mother was often too, for that matter. This song reminds me I need to hold on to what truly sustains me, and that isn’t financial.


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