While other 11-12 year olds were going to birthday parties or playing ball, I was in our garage with an old radio hooked up magically (my early technical prowess showing) to a barely working 8-Track recorder…YES…RECORDER…lol.
I remember waiting for what seemed days for the only quality FM pop station at the time (K101, San Francisco) to play the most amazing song I had ever heard on AM radio. In those days it was KFRC 610 AM San Fran all the way baby!! The song I heard on KFRC was called Another Day and I was bound and determined to get a quality FM recording of it.
For those of you that are newly-arrived to this planet, AM stations had the quality of a bad cell phone call. FM stations sounded like you were getting it straight from a high-bitrate MP3.
After recording it, I must have played it every day until that 8-Track ‘smoked’. It was Paul’s “Hello Goodbye” that I had heard not too long before that made music EXPLODE in my brain. The awakening was Earth-shattering for me. If you have a similar experience, I’d love to hear about it…put it in the comments.