Friday, June 26, 2009

My First Time

I must have been about 12 or 13.   I hopped on my bike and rode down to the Woolworth's on Main Street.   I had been saving my money to buy one of those K-Tel compilation albums.  I'd had my eye on it for awhile.  The one song I wanted the album for?  Rock With You by Michael Jackson.

It was my first album.  Remember having to pick up the needle and setting it down in just the right spot to get to the next song?  After awhile you would never miss.

Pretty soon my album collection grew, and included David Cassidy and Leif Garrett  (you know you loved them too) and I forgot about that first album and that song I bought it for.

Even though I was one of those crazy chicks in high school with all four walls of her bedroom plastered in Michael Jackson posters, a drawer full of the magazines and books, who wore out two Thriller cassette tapes (I still have the third one somewhere) this is the memory I keep coming back to  -- me on my bike, riding down main street in a small town in Minnesota, walking into Woolworth's, picking up that album, my heart racing just a little as I paid for it.     


Anonymous said...

I did the same thing . . . rode down the street on my bike to pick up vinyl . . . only my very first was the 45 of "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield. Hall & Oates "Kiss On My List" soon followed.

I had a friend who turned me on to MJ, sort of, with the very album you purchased . . .

Sweet memories!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Yes, I admit I love them too.

My Woolworth storing is haunting the Woolworth every morning for a week after my mom dropped my bf and I off at the mall for our sewing lessons at the Singer store. We were looking for the 45 of Margaritaville--it came on Friday.

lindaloohoo said...

i have no mj love story to share. the only thing i can offer is my favorite mj joke, which will undoubtedly offend others. but, what the hell.
how do you know it's bedtime at mj's house?
when the big hand touches the little hand.
there. shoot me.
but i did walk to woolworths once to buy my mom a mothers day present with my own money. i got her one of those huge wooden spoon and fork sets.
yeah, maybe that's why she went crazy.

AnastasiaSpeaks said...

I LOVED the Thriller album. I remember coming home from junior high and playing that album over and over while I jumped around our living room singing at the top of my lungs. That was an amazing album.

Lola said...

We rode our bikes through the field to our Tri-City Grocery store. They had a small section of 45's. I don't recall the first one I bought, but I recall saving up and taking that ride to get my music.

Louise said...

The bike ride and being by yourself makes this a great memory.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I remember the thrill of tuning in to MTV to watch the premiere of Thriller. Oh the anticipation! A music video SO long--SO hyped--and SO cool!