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Look, I realize I should be so lucky to think that someone from the Van Halen camp is going to bust me on a copyright infringement for using the image above.  So if they come a calling, this is what I would tell them:


It was 34 years ago today that Van Halen's 1984 "album" was released.  I was a dark-skinned, plenty-awkward eighth-grader settling in for a long Illinois winter.  With no discernible basketball talent, no academic prowess and zero interest from the cute, middle-America girls who hailed from the Arrowhead subdivision and peopled the halls of our junior high, the basement my Dad built out for us threatened to be a pain cave of epic boredom proportions for at least the foreseeable future.  That is, were it not for the crackle of the phonograph needle that succumbed to the majestic polyphonic synthesizer swells of "1984."  Like watching sunrise over the Earth from outer space, that short, haunting prelude to the massive hit "Jump," would give way to the dawn of a different day for me.  


Most of us have a favorite "album," and again I use this word in quotes because the format for delivering music has evolved so drastically over the years.  We can likely all name at least one collection of tunes that formed the audio backdrop for a trajectory change in our lives.  Even hearing just a snippet can hearken back to a summer on the beach, an old flame, or the very essence of our youth.


Coming of age for most of us is a painful metamorphosis cocooned somewhere in the silk of our teenage years.  But for me, the strains of 1984 literally reached out of my boombox and put an electric guitar in my hands.  Then, having summarily equipped me for my calling, those nine songs transformed me, for the very first time, into an autodidact and demonstrated that a dream is meant to be pursued with innocent, if infinitely energized, abandon.  No matter how crazy and audacious the goal, when you smell like teen spirit and have little to lose, it's your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give it all you've got.  You may not end up emulating your hero note for note, but that matters a lot less than the amount of growth you'll experience for strumming along --- with enthusiasm, with passion and with purpose. 


Thanks to a career I now love in the mortgage business, I meet a lot of people.  As introductions go, I'll get an occasional, "Are you from California?"  "Why no...," I will answer, and often they'll next ask how I found myself in beautiful Marin County, just north of San Francisco.  "Well, in the late '80's, I moved to L.A. to pursue a career as a rock guitar player, like Eddie Van Halen...."  Pause.....  "What???"


Since the album came out, I listen to the 1984 intro every year on my birthday.  First it was on vinyl, then cassette, then CD, then my shuffle and now just my phone.  Regardless, it re-centers me with a time and place that are gone, but with an optimism that will never die.  I would be willing to bet that most of us have a musical bond to that very pivotal moment in our lives when we became much of who we would be for the rest of our lives.  What's yours?


Might as well JUMP! 



Robert J. Spinosa
Executive Loan Advisor
NMLS: 22343 
Cell/Text: 415-367-5959 Fax: 415-366-1590
1058 Redwood Highway, Frontage Road, Mill Valley, CA 94941


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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You guys dont know what you missed....I grew up with Wolfman Jack

Jan 09, 2018 04:21 PM #22
Julie A. Black
KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist - Kapaa, HI
CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker

Can you post a picture of you with long hair and your guitar/band?

Jan 09, 2018 05:40 PM #23
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

This is Jared commenting.  1984 changed my life.  LOVED VH.  

Jan 09, 2018 05:49 PM #24
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Music does take us back to particular moments.

Jan 09, 2018 06:05 PM #25
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Rob- for me it was Queen, The Rolling Stones, and the Beatles. My brother had all of the musical talent in the family and while he was a policeman in Houston (retired a few years ago) formed his own band and they still perform. And yes, we all want to see a photo of you when you played!
One more thing- superb post!

Jan 09, 2018 06:37 PM #26
Dean Damron
MMC Lending Inc. - Lancaster, CA
Financing the dream for over 25 years!

Great time to be young.  I actually worked for an HVAC contractor about 40 minutes north on the 101 Fwy from where Eddie lived at that time.  We were lucky enough to get the contract on his house when it was being built back in 1989.  It was of course, a beautiful home.  He had all the flashings on the home made from copper.  He had a recording studio next to the main house. 

I didn't want to post the address, but if you real estate peeps want to check it out via public record, you can do a title search in Los Angeles county for "Van Halen."  You will see he still owns the house off of Coldwater Canyon.  He actually owns a couple.  His brother is right up the freeway in Hidden Hills.

Kind of cool.


Jan 09, 2018 07:32 PM #27
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I think they would forgive you for using the photo True Fans have LeeWay!

Vinyls making a comeback  Full Circle if you go back to Vinyl!

and kudos to Fred Griffin for mentioning Jim Dandy! Black Oak Arkansas!


Jan 09, 2018 11:42 PM #28
Betsy N. Robinson - Serving the Sandhills, NC
Everything Pines Partners, LLC. - Whispering Pines, NC

Yes, I venture to say music has played an important part in every child's life.  Why we must keep music in our schools and not let it be the first activity to be cut when faced with budget crunches.

Jan 10, 2018 03:48 AM #29
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I confess that there are songs on the radio (I listen to Sirius!) and I am instantly 14 again - the world seems a lot brighter at that moment - music soothes the savage beast and makes us a lot younger! 

Jan 10, 2018 04:14 AM #30
Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal

So many good one with Van Halen,  Running with the Devil, Pretty Woman, You Really Got Me,  The Cradle Will Rock.

My roommate in college had an 8 track of them and sometimes left it on during the night and it would keep playing over and over all night. Some of those songs are now ingrained in my brain forever.

Jan 10, 2018 04:14 AM #31
Terry McCarley
REMAX Trend - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL

I absolutely loved reading this post!  I am a serious music lover - always have been and always will be. 

Jan 10, 2018 04:28 AM #32
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Great post. Not sure I have had a single song or musical act that had a lot of influence on my life but IF I did it would be Jimmy Buffett... Buffett is all about an attitude and not necessarily where one is at a particular time.

Jan 10, 2018 05:03 AM #33
Patrick Willard
Rio Rancho, NM

While I never had any thoughts of a music career there were a few albums that had a big impact on me as a teen. One was Van Halen II (first time I heard them) and another was AC/DC's Back in Black. In 1984, as a 20 year old stationed in Germany, I saw both bands (as well as Ozzy, Motley Crue & several others) at a soccer stadium in Karlsruhe during their Monsters of Rock Tour. Show started at 10 AM & went until almost 3 AM (yep, 17 hours).  My old Army buddies & I still reminisce about that concert.

Jan 10, 2018 08:31 AM #34
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Fantastic post, Rob.  I still enjoy relaxing to some music from my teen and young adult years.  There are many songs that bring back some cherished memories.

Jan 10, 2018 08:41 AM #35
David A. Weaver
Peoples Bank & Trust Co. - Scottsdale, AZ
24 years helping folks finance their dreams.

Having graduated High School in 1967, music ranged from Lulu with To Sir with Love, to the Beatles Magical Myster Tour to Hendrix's Purple Haze and Dick Dale and the Deltones and surf music.  I almost forgot to mention the Doors and the Grateful Dead.  Man what a great time to be a kid in SoCal.  Keep on Rockin in the Free World.

Jan 10, 2018 08:42 AM #36
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Rob,

The first music, I was aware of, were wolves talking to each other at night. Still love it but uncommon, where I live now.

Jan 10, 2018 03:49 PM #37
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

yikes, you just successfully made me feel old.  It doesn't feel like 34 years.  I never chased that dream, but I do recall moments in time connected to music.

Jan 10, 2018 07:23 PM #38
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

What a wonderful post; I love the way you write.

I don't have one album that changed my life, but there are many songs that bring me back through the decades to specific memories. We were listening to a classic station recently, and I was able to sing along with all the songs, and throw out memories.  "Oh my, I listened to this Fleetwood Mac album on an 8-track in my car" or "Wow, they always played Stairway to Heaven at the school dances" or ... on and on.

Jan 12, 2018 05:56 AM #39
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Rob, I loved your post. Not having been a fan of Van Halen, I was not familiar with 1984. But I went to you tube and listened, indeed I did remember that music. I can see that as a great way to start a year.

I was moved and taken to new places in life by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

When I lived on Strawberry Point in Mill Valley, I would see David Crosby tooling around on his bike.

Jan 12, 2018 10:53 AM #40
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love this post.  I know exactly what you mean.  I know that sounds caddish, but I do.  Music was everything to me.  Going through challenging times, good times, bad times, each of us can relate to a song in that period.  Music has a way of doing that.   And when you have a talent, it means even more!  On my office is a photo of me pitching coach pitch.  Played for 25 years.  On my office door is the last titanium racket I played with in tennis.  Both signify that competitive spirit. If i forget I look up or turn around!  Kudos to you! 

Jan 16, 2018 08:45 PM #41
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