But, it’s Eric tonight and I’m drifting back to the concert we attended in Portland, ME June 17, 1982. Oh, so long ago. Fun concert and he sang lots of his big hits. I’ve actually got the play list below - the Internet is an amazing tool. I found this set there. Now, what I really remember about the concert is that I bought a concert t-shirt. Of course, that’s what you do at a concert - you buy the concert t-shirt.
Well, then you’ve got to wear it. Somewhere distinctive so that everyone knows how cool you are. Aha, I was a teacher of 9th graders in the local Plaistow, NH high school. Teachers are so stuffy, so old, so staid. Well, I’ll wear my t-shirt and they will all see how cool I really am. Ha, ha. As if.
So, I put my t-shirt on along with my skirt suit with my little stack heels and headed off to school. I started each class the same way: I began with whatever we were studying that day (that late in the school year, we’re just about closing up - a bit looser than we are in September.) I turned toward the board with a piece of chalk in my hand, took off my jacket and nonchalantly laid it on my chair and then turned towards the class talking as I turned.
Here's what my t-shirt looked like. What happened to it? I don't have a clue.
Do we have a picture of me dressed in my teacherly suit, teacherly shoes and my concert t-shirt? Nope, nary a one. Just didn’t take too many pictures back then. No picture of the concert either. Probably didn’t have a camera that could take any kind of picture in a concert setting. But I do have this picture from one of my classes in Plaistow. I like to mix it up a bit and here I am, masquerading as a guest lecturer giving a first-person account of events in the past - and dressed the part.
I have no idea who took the picture - probably the principal for evidence as to why I should be let go.
Lay Down Sally
I Shot the Sheriff
Blow Wind Blow
Ramblin' on My Mind
Have You Ever Loved a Woman
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Key to the Highway
Further on Up the Road
I obviously have all these songs in my computer and play them still.