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Rated: E · Poetry · Biographical · #2226187
An album that literally keeps me going after 43 years.
Late December of 77,
me and five other privates
sitting in the barracks
listening to music
the Short-Timers provided,
including one group
I'd never heard of;
The Moody Blues.

The FIRST song of theirs
I ever heard
Nights In White Satin,
and I was hooked.

July of 78,
I cobbled together a system
of a cheap turntable
and cassette recorder,
one pay day
at the PX.

I spent
the entire evening
getting drunk
on tequila sunrises,
This Is The Moody Blues
onto a Maxwell C-90 tape. . .

For the next thirty years,
I kept that tape,
never playing it
on a portable machine,
only at home
during a quiet
ninety minutes.

It wasn't
a perfect recording,
and parts of some songs
were missing,
one country tune
added by mistake,
but those wonderful words
were my inspiration,
my ROCK,
during some horrible times.

remembering them
helped me
to continue
through my Hells. . .

I trusted
The Wrong Person
with it,
down in South Florida
in the spring of 2010,
and her pet pigs
destroyed it;
I was devested,
but the Music played on
in my soul.

One of the first things
I did
upon arriving Home
once more
was to find that album
on a music service,
put it onto an MP3 player,
listened to it
virtually every day;
it helped keep me going
as I adapted
to a strange place. . . .

The years have rolled by
since then,
and I still have that album,
in CD,
and MP3,
still listen to it
almost every day. . .

Justin H.!
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