|Copyright ©2015 Mark Kelly.|
Released in 1980, Zenyatta Mondatta was the third studio album produced by The Police. The reason I mention this particular album is threefold:
1) Its title begins with the letter Z - how amazing!
2) They are possibly my all-time favourite band.
3) I bought it during one of my happiest summers - the summer of 1981.
So why is the summer of 1981 significant? Well, first off I was in love for the very first time in a big way, and second, it was the summer of the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. The date in question was 29th July 1981.
I remember it well; the girl of my dreams had gone to stay with her mother and step-father in the US for a whole month shortly after we met, and I had left the swimming club after 5 years of dedicated training. So what does a love struck teen do when pining for the girl of his dreams? He trains twice-a-day, every day, running and weights. My body was so conditioned to swimming up and down a pool six days-a-week, often twice-a-day that it craved physical exercise, and at 17 it chewed up everything I threw at it.
|The only photo I have of me and the Summer of July 1981 - a reflection in our kitchen window.Copyright ©2015 Mark Kelly|
As for my mad training schedule? After a month I had totally exhausted myself and couldn't lift a single weight. Oh, what a silly, young thing I was - but I'd give anything to go back in time and do it all over again.
But to this day that particular Police track transports me back to that time in my life where I had no worries, no responsibilities and everything was still an adventure.