I had my ipod on shuffle last night, and “Don’t Change” by INXS came on… and instantly I was 12 years old, sitting in the basement of my grandparent’s Scarborough, Ontario home in about 1982, watching the video on their huge old TV (with an equally large remote control).
I grew up in Saskatoon, but was born in Toronto and visited my extended family every other summer. I have incredibly vivid memories of this particular summer, glued to The New Music video program on City TV and feeling like my eyes were opened to the diversity of the world through music for the first time.
Now, this was before Much Music (or at least before Much Music hit my household in Saskatoon), and I had certainly never seen or heard the likes of INXS (the early stuff from the Shabooh Shoobah album… yes, album… I am showing my age here!), Duran Duran, The Smiths, Siouxie and the Banshees, and the list goes on.
I was completely transfixed and couldn’t get enough of all this new music, fashion, ideas and all around big city stuff! It really did open my eyes to the world, and all its cultural differences. I missed it when I got back home, and tried to seek it out in import UK magazines and EPs (yep, this was also the days way back before the Internet!)
I can pinpoint my desire to travel to that summer sitting in my grandparents’ basement. I didn’t want to just watch the world on tv, I wanted to learn more and get out there and experience it. It would be many years before I would have the ability to travel, but I believe that’s the exact moment where the travel bug bit!