The Music of Our Teens (’70s)

The Stylistics of our youth –
when we were teens
in blue jeans;
a time when intimate soft whispers
with discomfited dance rhythms.

The deepening summer night
is mute witness
to the sudden vanishing
of the dim red light,

ushering the age of discotheque.”

© Chito L. Aguilar

To My Classmates, DWC 4B Class 1974:

MUSIC, the universal string that tied us together in the ’70s, bestowed treasured memories upon us.  Yes, we share common melodies; music particular and familiar to us in the “Age of Aquarius”.

Our memories and melodies entwine, as old vine and time entwine.

Years before the digital revolution, long before the Betamax, VHS, Laser Disc, VCD, DVD, MP3, iPod and Blue Ray, we enjoyed our music thru (the now jurassic) 45/33rpm-vinyl-records and the reliable-good-old-stereo-turntable. We never bothered about the imperfections of analog recordings then.  For who cared about digital technology at that time…

The era of the ‘discotheque’ saw advent in our generation.

Our dimly lit home parties then were the predecessors of the disco houses which revolutionized the “jam sessions” of the ’60s Beatles era.

Remember the teenage trysts (we call “ty-pars”) then, somewhere…
… or elsewhere…?
…When we took advantage of the Martial Law curfew to dance the night out (stay-in), lest we cut grasses at the military stockade…

…When we were lost with our partners in intimate soft whispers amidst the slow and flowing rhythm of sweet music, locked in warm embrace, dancing and wishing the music would never end…

Ah, the music of our yesteryears brings back memories of our times then, at the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

Our P5.00 contribution then easily empowered us to mount a party, planned only within a day or two. A small amount in return for simple pleasures we truly enjoyed at the time when we were shedding-off our innocence; when we were beginning to fall in love…

Today, we talk about reunions; between qualms and quandaries, an insipid task sans our naive teenage audacity and archaic passion.

Nevertheless, I think the changing times never diminished our inherent love for music.

We may have transcended our teenage passions and cast away our primal whims in the process of mellowing with age.

We may have even lost track of artists we idolized in those days; may have forgotten titles and lyrics of their songs due to memory lapses.

We may have elevated our taste, became more discerning today of music output quality as we now possess the latest AV gadgets, relatively state-of-the-art.

We may have preserved our music (our old favorites), in various e-formats for sentimental reasons (or posterity).

We may have expanded our music & video collections and updated our music libraries with the latest genre of music, with contemporary breed of composers and artists of our preference.

We may have scoffed at our sons and daughters (and grandchildren) today, lamenting how their music annoy or stress us; comparing ours-then with theirs-now.

We may have been too engrossed in the daily grind; have relegated music to the backseat of our consciousness as we perfunctorily move about our pressing chores and importunate routines.

And yet, whenever we hear familiar tunes and mellowed melodies, we are reminded of our days of youth, as memories flashback from the crevices of our subconscious.

Let us enjoy our melodies and memories.

Let the universal string of Music unite us always.


4 thoughts on “The Music of Our Teens (’70s)

  1. Congratulations! your reminiscence of music in th 70’s is, for me, really nostalgic. I also studied at the DWC in 1977 and 1978 when I was out of the seminary. Actually, I would like to ask permission from you to quote from your book because I am now writing the History of Bicol Music. your thoughts are important to new breed of bicolano music lovers so they will understand how it was before they were born. I am Fr. Louan Jarcia from Bitano, Legazpi City and is presently assigned at the Fatima parish here in Iriga. I am a priest by vocation and a musician by avocation. I studied at the UST Conservatory of Music. I was already composing bicol songs since I was in DWC.

    • Hi Fr. Thank you so much for a very inspiring comment. Please feel free to quote any post in my blog. Actually we met already; your sister Elen is my officemate. I love your music too since we play it during the OK Bicol Regional Trade Fair. My warm regards po, Fr.

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