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30 Day Music Challenge – Day 12 – A Song From Your Preteen Years

Today’s challenge invites us to share a song from our preteen years.   While one could take this as “anytime before you were a teen”, I’m going to go with the narrower sense of the word meaning “immediately before you were a teen, so roughly between the ages of 10 and 12, which in my case, gives me a range of roughly 1980 – 1983.

In addition, I’m going to pick a song that I was actually fond of at the time, rather than one I discovered later.   Because we didn’t have cable TV in 1981, the only time I ever saw the newfangled music videos everyone was talking about was on an NBC late night program called “Friday Night Videos”, and the songs that featured in its heavy rotation were special to me.  This song, in particular, I remember being especially fond of, every time it would come up.   Something about that wonderfully slinky saxophone and Rindy Ross’s sultry vocals sparked something in my preadolescent imagination, and besides, Quarterflash is an *awesome* band name.  Here’s their 1981 hit single, “Harden My Heart”.

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62 Comments

  1. Heather Munn

    My sister played guitar for many years before I picked up. And when my Mom’s second husband was in the picture, some of my earliest music memories were the two of them jamming together. This was a common musical moment in my preteen years:
    https://youtu.be/fi2XCsPKlY8

  2. Paul Kwinn

    Via “93 KHJ: Your OFFICIAL Elton John radio station” (Los Angeles): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhBsYZ5QOJo

  3. Jim Poltrone

    From 1976. I remember hearing this on the radio one night after the lights were out. I was laying in bed and I could see the stars, as if the roof of my parents’ house suddenly became transparent. I didn’t know what a synthesizer was until a few years later.
    https://youtu.be/n-DmAh0dObI

  4. Cordelia Kates

    I like that song! But I have to go way back to the sixties. Back to Jersey Boys then Bob Dylan!

  5. Ailsa Cunningham Ek

    I didn’t know you were that young.

  6. Tom Jeffers

    I was 11 when this came out by Del Shannon and still love it.
    https://youtu.be/5OwkQPSsIxc

  7. T J Burnside Clapp

    I was obsessed with this one in 6th grade. I used to call the radio station to request it over and over until I finally saved up enough to buy the album. 🙂

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5ecvBaqHBk

  8. David Weingart

    So let’s say it’s 1973 and I’m 11 years old

    https://youtu.be/j13oJajXx0M

  9. Lauren Cox

    By the time I hit middle school, I had just begun to fall headlong into my all-consuming obsession with the Beatles. I meticulously collected every song and every album on my second generation iPod nano and listened to them on the forty-minute bus ride to and from school on repeat for at least two years.

    This was my favorite Beatles song then, and still remains my favorite even now. Unfortunately, due to the lack of Beatles songs on YouTube, the sound quality of this is awful. But you get the picture. 🙂

    https://m.vidio.com/watch/68690-the-beatles-martha-my-dear-lyrics

  10. Kathy Mar

    When I was very young I had worked up a little dance choreography to Teen Angel and every time it came on the radio I would drag my sister over to do it with me.

  11. David Weingart

    Damn, I can do this for hours. So many amazing songs back then.

  12. Jim Poltrone

    Here’s another one, from 1976 or 1977.
    https://youtu.be/cqZc7ZQURMs

  13. T J Burnside Clapp

    My other super-favorite from the pre-teen years …
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxEPV4kolz0

  14. Dell Christy

    1974 -- I was into song that told stories even as young as 12-13. https://youtu.be/ryVh9BuwOs4

  15. Juanita Coulson

    10-12, huh? I was hooked on Miklos Rosza’s scores for the Korda films, Thief of Bagdad and Jungle Book. First 12″ 78rpm album I bought for myself (dollar down and a dollar a week) was the latter. Contains a lullaby, which I sang to Bruce when he was a baby. Does that count?

  16. Rikibeth Stein

    From 1980-1982 I was mostly still listening to the AM “adult contemporary” station my mother favored. I was discovering the Beatles but if I had to pick something that was released during those years:

    https://youtu.be/WZ1MTVL00sE

  17. Linda Walsh

    Aside from anything on The White Album….here is a favorite of mine, and the first concert I ever went to :The Monkees. https://youtu.be/sUzs5dlLrm0

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