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40 years of noise and nonsense

I keep feeling that I should be posting more. So I've come up with a plan, that I am almost certain to fail to stick to. I turned forty this year. And there's forty days left of 2015. One day - one post - for every year. Can I do it? Almost certainly not. Between being busy, forgetting, and being characteristically rubbish, it's almost sure to crash and burn long before the forty days are up. But plans! Plans are good! So, then. 1975.

Technically, 1975 should be difficult, because I don't remember it at all. But I'm lucky. I was born the same year as two of my favourite albums - quite by chance, two of the most famous and critically acclaimed albums in rock history. Queen's A Night At The Opera gave the world Bohemian Rhapsody, one of the most famous songs in British music. It also spawned fan favourite (and live classic) I'm In Love With My Car; John Deacon's smash hit You're My Best Friend; and the quite delightful '39, the best song about Einstein's theory of relativity that's ever been written. Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run gave us the title track, obviously, as well fan favourite Thunder Road and the superb Jungleland. Arguably more importantly (shut up) it also gave us Max Weinberg. Hey, truly great songs may be rare, but there's only one Max Weinberg. And I'd have had a whole lot less fun without him.

I'm In Love With My Car (London, 26th December 1979):

'39 (ditto):

Thunder Road (Los Angeles, 2nd October 1985):

Jungleland (London, 18th November 1975):

I was born in a good year for music.

Tomorrow, 1976! Or we could take bets on whether or not I'll make it even that far. :)


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Nov. 22nd, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
This is a great idea!!

I still don't understand what 39 is about and I fear I still won't even if someone explains it to me AGAIN.
Nov. 22nd, 2015 09:02 pm (UTC)
It's very simple really! The faster you move, the slower time passes by. For most people, most of the time, the difference is negligible. You only begin to notice the effect once you start travelling really, really fast. In '39, a ship goes off into space to look for a new planet to colonise. It travels close to the speed of light, which means that, for them, time is passing much more slowly than back on Earth. When they return, for them it's been just a year or so, but on Earth many years have gone by. The narrator discovers, not the love that he left behind, but her grand-daughter.
Nov. 23rd, 2015 12:16 pm (UTC)
Nov. 23rd, 2015 04:50 pm (UTC)
It is easy, I promise! :D Though not necessarily with me explaining it...
Nov. 23rd, 2015 10:09 pm (UTC)
It sounds like it is a ship ship not a spaceship!!!
Nov. 24th, 2015 04:58 am (UTC)
That's artistic license though. "For the Earth is old and grey, to a new home we'll away" hints at what's going on.
Nov. 24th, 2015 10:52 pm (UTC)
It sounds as if you sat down and discussed it with Brian!!

I suppose the milky sea is the milky way - DOH!!
Nov. 25th, 2015 05:05 am (UTC)
He's talked about it a few times, certainly in relation to the time dilation/theory of relativity thing. Possibly on his website. When he got his doctorate a few years back, lots of people woke up to his astronomy credentials suddenly, and '39 got a lot of media coverage then.
Nov. 25th, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
I missed it all.
Nov. 23rd, 2015 03:31 am (UTC)
Good idea ... it'll be interesting to see what else you come up with! :D
Nov. 23rd, 2015 04:56 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Listen, I don't know if this is anything that you need worry about, but LJ have started marking your replies to me - even at your own journal - as suspected spam. You post a lot of replies, so you must have triggered something! I don't *think* they'll do anything, as you're clearly a real person, but they deleted me once, because their filter went wrong, so I tend to be a bit wary!
Nov. 23rd, 2015 05:04 am (UTC)
Nov. 23rd, 2015 05:15 am (UTC)
Whenever you post a reply to me, LJ sends me an e-mail marked "[SUSPECTED SPAM]". Even when you're replying at your own LJ. I think it's because you post lots of replies, often very quickly, which makes you look like a bot to their software. It may be nothing to worry about, but it might be best to post replies a bit more slowly for a while?
Nov. 23rd, 2015 08:33 am (UTC)
I have to admit I don't check when a comment was posted. If I happen to be online I answer ... but I'm definitely not always quick about it as I have to WORK!!!
Nov. 23rd, 2015 12:18 pm (UTC)
My poor Meathiel!! (HUGS YOU)
Nov. 23rd, 2015 12:19 pm (UTC)
Another reason to pack up and move back to DW!!
Nov. 23rd, 2015 10:59 am (UTC)
Good luck with the endeavour! (I certainly don't remember 1975; I wasn't there, except by time travel and watching old TV.)
Nov. 23rd, 2015 04:53 pm (UTC)
Or reincarnation! Maybe that's why you like old TV so much. ;)
Nov. 23rd, 2015 12:26 pm (UTC)
Great idea! All the years DW was on should be pretty easy to fill:)
Nov. 23rd, 2015 04:54 pm (UTC)
I could certainly use something to make it a bit easier!
Dec. 6th, 2015 05:47 pm (UTC)
This is an awesome idea! I think it'll be a fascinating read. :oD

And yay, Queen! I never realised what '39 was about, so that's something new too.
Dec. 6th, 2015 09:43 pm (UTC)
I hope it'll be interesting. So far it's mostly just turned into "Look! Queen! Max Weinberg! More Queen!" :D
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