You know, I don’t remember very much about the school I attended for the 10th grade. I know I didn’t like it very much, and the equal walking distance from my house to school and the public library played a big role in my choice to spend most of my days at the latter rather than the former. I also remember that my poor attendance is what got me branded as an “at risk” student. ultimately making me eligible for working part-time, in the evenings, at that same school, helping out the janitorial staff.
And what I remember most about that part-time job isn’t the work at all, but rather the extended “breaks” we’d all take playing basketball in the gym. Which, I think, is the reason behind the odd “mental association” I have with that school and the three classic songs below. Whenever I think of any one of the four, memories of the other three just pop up, automatically…
The weird thing is that I attended that school in 1972, the year the first two songs were released, but the song representing the strongest part of the “association,” “The Rubberband Man,” didn’t come out until 1976 – a full four years later. Hell, not only was high school a fading memory, but I was married, had done my time in the Air Force, and was out trying plot a course for the rest of my life by then!
I want ice water.
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