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7 Tracks of My Life in 7 Days Meme - Day 4

Ahh, college (university)! When romance and sex became real, and where I had my first clinically diagnosed depression (brought on by loss of socialization as I left my high school friends behind and lack of sleep from the noisy dorms, in which the rest of the students were discovering alcohol). Once I settled in, the major social axes for me were the Historical Simulation Society (strategy gaming club, where the hot new thing was this little game called Dungeons and Dragons) and the Society for Creative Anachronism.

The latter introduced me to British folk/rockers Steeleye Span. I quickly obtained most of their extant albums. At one Yule Revel, the Princess of Atlantia requested a carol, and everyone in the shire who could carry a tune was rounded up to sing this:

I was also into the art-rock group Renaissance at this point (Carpet of the Sun, live) and the Moody Blues (Nights in White Satin, live) — the latter actually old stuff by this time, but I loved them.

A young rocker named Bruce Springsteen had started to burn up the airwaves on radio at this point, but I loyally agreed with my Styx-loving housemate who called him "The Employee" (vs. "the Boss"). Fifteen years later, Springsteen would become one of my favorite artists.

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Dec. 7th, 2015 06:03 pm (UTC)
I'm not big on Xmas songs but I really like this one.
Dec. 7th, 2015 11:14 pm (UTC)
Wow, I listen to this one every year at Christmas. It's one of my favourite carols and I remember it from when I was a child. Plus it's the only full song I can sing in Latin ;)

It's a shame nobody's ever remastered this because the sound is a bit shite compared to most modern records.
Dec. 8th, 2015 01:53 am (UTC)
Love Steeleye Span and Renaissance. I had the privilege of seeing Renaissance in concert in college, probably in 1976. A compilation of Prologue and Ashes Are Burning is what I listen to in the car unless there's a show I like on the local NPR station.

Depression was also part of my experience around that time, though mine was in high school and was connected with my mother's death a couple of years before.
Dec. 10th, 2015 04:02 am (UTC)
Sounds like you & Lawless and I ran much the same paths in college, only I believe I was a few years before either of you (I think I'm the oldest, aren't I? I usually am....) And I bought my first Steeleye Span album on the strength of that song, but grew to love all of it. That song is an ear worm (but a good one) for me - once I've heard it or even thought of it, it will play on my mental soundtrack for days & days. (Better that than a commercial jingle!)

I didn't get depression diagnosed until I sought help dealing with my violent first husband, when I was about 26. But looking back I can see the patterns there even in early childhood, and remember uncontrollably sad moods & inexplicable crying jags back as far as second grade. I wish it had been caught and treated earlier - it might at least have improved my self-image a bit. But it was the 60's and middle class parents were more prone to dismiss & ignore anything like that unless it was highly disruptive, which I definitely wasn't.
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