The Wonder Years and Catch The Wind

the-wonder-years
I was a prepubescent, high octane, emotionally fragile youngen when I started to watch the 1980s American TV series The Wonder Years. I had never seen a show that encapsulated so accurately the frenetic and potent thoughts of a young boy, like myself.  In many ways it unlocked the mystery of growing up in an everyday family, including the frustrations of relating to the opposite sex. I felt in some way relieved and reconciled after watching the show, realising I wasn’t alone in feeling this way.
One episode in particular, I found deeply moving, (yes prebuscent males can feel deeply moved) involved Kevin’s sister becoming a peace-loving radical, running away from home and joining her boyfriend in a hippy commune.

A folk song called “Catch the Wind” played tenderly as the show drew to a close. (See the you tube video below)

In the chilly hours and minutes
Of uncertainty, I want to be
I
n the warm hold of your loving mind.

To feel you all around me,
And to take your hand, along the sand.
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind.

Looking back, I found this episode, and particularly this scene, a pivotal moment in my growing up. It included the narrator’s words of wisdom about how people were trying to find their way in life, only to find their way home again.

I knew I had to find the songwriter of Catch the Wind and buy one of his albums. Someone, a friend, I don’t know who, but I wish I knew now, put Bob Dylan’s hat into the ring as the likely author of this wonderful song. I snapped up my first Bob Dylan record called Lost in the Flood  because it had a song called Blowing in the Wind which sounded pretty close to the song on the Wonder Years I was so desperate to find. Of course, I found out soon enough that it was not Bob Dylan who wrote Catch the Wind, rather a remarkably similar folk artist from Britain called Donovan who by coincidence appeared with Dylan in one of the greatest music documentaries ever made, Don’t Look Back about Bob Dylan’s tour of England in 1965.  In a 2014 Sight and Sound poll, film critics voted Dont Look Back the joint ninth best documentary film of all time.

Buying that Dylan tape Lost in the Flood would be the spark that eventually fired me into a musical journey of complexity and profound influence unlike anything I could have imagined.

Perhaps trying to emulate my favourite artist, I started to write poems and lyrics about all the stuff happening in my life. Afraid I might be embarrassed and lead a terminal bullied life at school, I kept these written notes a secret. If they got out on the street or, much worse, into a school newspaper to join the bona fide list of school try-hards, the game was up.

Advertisements

'I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.' - The Master

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Movies and TV, Music
2 comments on “The Wonder Years and Catch The Wind
  1. LAMarcom says:

    What is not-to-like here? I mean, c’mon?

    “I was a prepubescent, high octane, emotionally fragile youngen when I started to watch the 1980s American TV series The Wonder Years. I had never seen a show that encapsulated so accurately the frenetic and potent thoughts of a young boy, like myself.”

    To that I add… in The Seventies.

  2. Hi LA, you are back. Thank you for commenting on my post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Goodreads
Blogs I Follow

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 65 other followers

LR MLB Betting

The serious long-term MLB Investor

LR MLB Betting

If you build it, they will come

Christina Strigas

You can't break up with a soul mate

The Immortal Jukebox

A Blog about Music and Popular Culture

Adventures of a Book Addict

Life with Literature, Lattes, and a Little Pug

the undiscovered writer

Writer: a peculiar organism capable of turning caffeine into books.

lightravellerkate

reflections on life as an house sitter and perpetual traveller

e-Tinkerbell

Literature, books , sport and whatever intrigues me

SmirkPretty

Eyes ten degrees above the horizon

101 Books

Reading my way through Time Magazine's 100 Greatest Novels since 1923 (plus Ulysses)

IN A LONELY PLACE

CINEMATIC ENCOUNTERS IN THE DARK

poetrycrush

Sometimes people are mean. But not here.

Talkalittledo - For Life Is Funny

Real Life. Real Stories

Design of the Picture Book

the intersection of graphic design + picture books

Friendly Spanish Blog

Spanish classes for adults in London and online Spanish courses anywhere in the world

Daily (w)rite

A DAILY RITUAL OF WRITING

A Story a Day

A short daily daily short story

Wheels and Goals

News, updates, features and opinions on football and motor sport

When Dylan Sank the Isle of Wight

Jon Blake's novel celebrates the UK's first great rock festival

Auto World Nation

Check out the baddest articles about the Automotive World

Live Life in Crescendo

Inspiring readers to live life with gusto

Musical Wishes Blog

Random Musings on Personal Development

"Broken Glass"

Quietly contemplating female characters in English and American literature

%d bloggers like this: