|Trans-Canada Highway at dawn in Chilliwack, BC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
In my most recent post at Tossing It Out I discussed the topic of why we prefer certain songs and particular genres of music. I have often discussed music on all of my blogs as music is a topic that is very dear to me. Today at Wrote By Rote I will be looking at one particular magic moment of my music history.
In July of 1982 the theater company that I then managed was in the middle of a ten month tour with the stage production of The Magic of Cinderella. This would be my fourth tour with the company and the second run of the Cinderella show By mid-summer we were in the western United States and had presently begun a three week tour of the western Canadian provinces.
Prior to my accepting a job with The World of Fantasy Players I had worked a couple seasons with a touring magic show. During that stint I developed a keen interest in stage magic and illusions. The theater stage production was of a similar vein as it incorporated stage illusions and magic tricks into the Cinderella story setting. In essence we were a magic musical stage show with a story. The production included song and dance numbers and was primarily geared toward family audiences or, more specifically, children. The nature of the show being as it was kept me with a continued interest in anything related to theatrical magic.
Our first date after having crossed the border into Canada was Lethbridge, Alberta. There were two shows scheduled in Lethbridge after which we were making a jump to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan which was about 350 miles away. After packing up the show we set out for the next town at about 9:45 PM which meant we would be at our motel no later than 3 AM. This was not too unusual though we typically tried to avoid such jumps at night. However since we had another two show engagement the following day, the jump was preferred over rising early to make the trip. We would be able to sleep in the following morning which was a schedule more suited to show folk such as us.
The night was warm and pleasant The Trans-Canada Highway was not particularly well traveled this late at night so the trip was easy. On this night I decided to listen to the radio rather than cassette tapes as we usually did. Reception was good in these parts. I always liked to listen to the Canadian radio stations as they often played some good music. This night was no exception.
Sometime around midnight there were flashes of lightning on the eastern horizon that we were headed toward. It was possibly heat lightning since rain had not been expected. The dark skies above us were cloudless.
As I drove and watched the lightning flashes ahead of me, a song that I had never heard before came on the radio. It was a very catchy bouncy tune, pleasant to listen to. The singer had a familiar sound, but I couldn't identify who the group was. My ears perked when the chorus began.
"Abra-abra-cadabra, I wanna reach out and grab ya"
My head was bobbing and I was getting into the song. Magic! I wondered how this song might be incorporated into a magic routine. What a great sound. After the song ended the announcer identified the song as the Steve Miller Band. I was not an exceptionally big fan of this group, but now I had a reason to like them a bit better than I had before.
That song is not high on my list of favorites, but it is a song I like a great deal. Now whenever I hear Steve Miller Band's "Abracadabra" I remember that magical music moment driving down the Trans-Canada Highway in July of 1982. What a great time it was.
Is there a special magical music moment that you can recall in your own life? Did you listen to much pop radio in your younger days? Have you traveled the Trans-Canada Highway?