A Flashback in Oz

Flashbacks.  They have to be one of the greatest gifts we have been blessed with as uprights.  You never know when they're going to hit, and always come as a complete surprise.  They're incredible, especially when they take you back to a time in your past that was magical.  They stem from a long forgotten sight, a smell, or in my recent case from a song that came over the radio while down under in Oz.

While tooling around Melbourne in a right hand drive straight-six Falcon, I tuned into a radio station that played tunes from the 70's that I enjoyed as a youngster.  Songs like Meat Loaf's "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth," Bob Welch's "Ebony Eyes," and ELO's "Evil Woman."  It wasn't until I was entering a double lane roundabout that Fleetwood Mac's "I Don't Wanna Know" came over the airwaves and a flashback hit me.  Hit me big time, and immediately flung me back to 1979 in an instant.

I remember the moment in '79 as if it were yesterday, enjoying the Rumours album on my dad's reel-to-reel with a big honkin' pair of headphones over my ears. Not a record player.  Not an eight track tape player.  This was reel-to-reel metal tape from a machine as big as a suitcase.  I remember the earphone lead being as thick as a vacuum cleaner cord, spiraling to that massive pointed jack that plugged into the deck.  It was like you were docking a Nasa headset into mission control when you plugged that baby in.  In a word, it was awesome.  Those earphones put me into a solo world with Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks, and to this day I remember it being like heaven on earth.  What a great memory, and the fact that I was warped back in time to it while thousands of miles from home was sweet medicine for the touch of home-sickness I had going on at the time.

Flashbacks... I think they're God's way of reminding you that everything is just fine and to reflect back on just how good life was and still is.  And just perhaps, a reminder that today's iPods can't hold a candle to a sweet reel-to-reel machine.  Peace...

Jamie Mink