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Music Memory - Angela Misri

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This music memory is from Angela Misri a Toronto based novelist.

A song that always takes me back in time came out in 1988.  The reason I know that off by heart is because the first time I heard it was at the first school dance I was allowed to attend. I was in grade 8. My parents,  Gods love ‘em were old-school Indian and it was only by begging for several weeks and promising to be home by 8:30 that, was I allowed to attend the dance. I wore a polka-dot pink dress my father picked out without me (no I am not joking) and I stood at the wall for most of the dance with my equally shy friends. It was this song that I remember because it was the first one I was asked to dance to - a real slow dance. I vividly recall putting my sweaty hands on this poor boy’s shoulders, feeling his hands at my waist and trying very hard to look at anything but him, the people around us or the girls still standing at the wall of the gym. It was  Phil Collin’s version of A Groovy Kind of Love.

I sucked in every word Phil sang in this song and I remember thinking: someday, someone is going to love me this much. Someone is going to think these things about me. And I am going to think this deeply about them. And that it would all start here - in this moment - in this old gym in Calgary. Every time I hear it, I smile and think of that moment.

Angela is a novelist here in Toronto who writes 1930s detective fiction. Her first book is called Jewel of the Thames and is available everywhere and the second in the series (called Thrice Burned) is due out in March 2015.


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