Music on Mondays — Get a girl with faraway eyes
Ever since my wise old grandmother helped me found a typing/editing/ writing business in 1966 when I was 11, I have always had a business for which I was 100% responsible. However, they mainly were side businesses, hobbies. Up until 1983 I also worked for someone else so that I could have that regular paycheck coming in on known days.
In 1983, things changed.
I was writing, editing, and doing graphic design work for the Department of Chemistry and College of Science at Texas A&M University, particularly the TAMU NMR Newsletter. That position got me some gigs writing copy and proofreading for the Texas A&M University Press. I was happy, happy, happy.
In 1983, the chemistry professor for whom I was working decided to take early retirement. He was 55 and had been at Texas A&M for a couple of decades. In fact, I was in his Organic Chemistry 101 class when I was a freshman in 1973. Not only did he take early retirement, he moved halfway across the country, to Palo Alto, California. Job search on.
The best job I could find was making $5 an hour working for Kinko’s. My side business at the time was Just Your Type, the research/writing/ typing/editing company that I had started in 1966. I didn’t name it, though, until the summer of 1983. After my interview with Kinko’s, I decided to make Just Your Type into a full-time business, to devote my resources, time, and life to making it a viable competitor to Kinko’s in College Station, Texas.
When I disappeared from College Station in 1993 (reappearing in San Diego), Just Your Type had a huge slice of the market of Texas A&M’s 35,000 students and 5,000 faculty/staff. Kinko’s had the north part of town and I had the south. I learned that price and proximity (P&P) make a difference. Being 5¢ per page less expensive than Kinko’s for typing meant that people in the south would not drive north to go to Kinko’s. Being 25¢ per page less expensive meant that people in the north would drive the extra mile to come to Just Your Type.
Being 100% in control of my financial wellbeing, though, meant that I did not have time for music anymore. I dropped out of the Bryan-College Station Symphony and quit hanging out at the music stores looking for the next great group or record (CDs were just hitting the market). From 1983 to 1993, I lost track of many of the groups that I had grown up with. Moving to San Diego in 1993 did not allow me to start buying music again since the cost of living was higher.
Now with YouTube, I don’t need to buy music anymore. Just set up a playlist and have at it. For the past several months, I’ve been working my way through music from 1983 to the present, creating playlists, discovering new music (Quiet Riot, April Wine, Rainbow, Megadeth, Judas Priest….) and rediscovering several groups (Journey, Great White, Whitesnake….). Too bad I didn’t know all of those groups in the ’80s and ’90s. I would have made a great metalhead!
One of the groups that I have rediscovered is The Rolling Stones. I only had two albums of theirs, 1971′s “Hot Rocks” and 1978′s “Some Girls.” The Stones were never my favorite group (they were archrivals with The Beatles, my favorite group), but how I completely missed “Their Satanic Majesties Request” is beyond me. By far my favorite Stones album.
Since I shared some Beatles music last week, I thought I would share some of my favorite Stones music this week.
“Lady Jane” from “Aftermath,” 1966
“Something Happened To Me Yesterday” from “Between The Buttons,” 1967
“She’s A Rainbow” from “Their Satanic Majesties Request,” 1967
“Hot Stuff” from “Black And Blue,” 1976
“Far Away Eyes” from “Some Girls,” 1978
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