Jane (from Jane’s Jewels) triggered my own memory when she talked about the power of music and memories in my last post. This memory is probably more of an 80s post than the 70s era as I am kind of fuzzy on what year I got my first Walkman.
What I do recall is that I was sitting in my bedroom when my dad walked in. He had a Walkman in his hand, that belonged to my aunt, and asked me to listen to it. I really didn’t want to because it was Kenny Rogers. (No offense to Kenny, but I was into punk and new wave at that time.) I did listen to it anyway and to my amazement I couldn’t believe the sound quality that this tiny little device put out.
The stereo sound completely blew me away. By today’s standards it could be compared to listening to music from a CD player instead of a scratched record. Everything sounded crisp, clear and distinct.
It was a couple months after that I was again surprised. My parents had purchased a Walkman for me! It was just one of those times when parents do something really nice for you even though it is expensive.
Being that I was in my new wave stage, the first two tapes I bought for it was Berlin’s “Metro” cassette and Missing Person’s “Spring Session M”. I loved that gadget and I listened to it until wore out.
Do you remember your first Walkman? What were some of the first cassette tapes you had for it?