Over the last few weeks, we have discussed some very serious subjects, so I thought it might be fun to do something a bit more light-hearted this week. One purpose of this blog is to discuss controversial topics, but the other is to improve your English by picking up language from my entry and other people’s comments and then trying to express your own thoughts in English. That is why we have the feedback article on a Friday.
I have been thinking a lot about music over the last few days because we have lost two hugely talented artists very recently. As you know, Donna Summer passed away last week, and I read today that Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees has also died of cancer. I was a huge fan of both of them, so it was really sad to hear of their deaths.
Anyway, I thought it might be nice for everyone to introduce a song that has a special memory or meaning for you. Tell us what the song is, when you first heard it, and why it is special to you. Here is mine:
Like pretty much every boy of my generation, I was completely in love with the Australian singer Olivia Newton-John. I first saw her in the film “Grease,” which I think was released in 1977, and which I have seen more times that I could possibly count. Anyway, Olivia Newton-John had lots of hits after that in Britain and the US, and one of them was called “Physical.” I loved the song, but it was the video that had the biggest impact on me. Until I saw that video, I had no idea that it was possible for men to have bodies like that. As I was about 14 at the time, I was starting to get very interested in girls, and I decided that if I could get a body like the guys in this video, I might be able to get a girl like Olivia Newton-John. I know it sounds silly, but hey, I was 14!
After I watched the video, I persuaded my parents to buy me a thing called a “Bullworker,” which was basically a big tube with springs and a strap on either side. You could use it to exercise almost every part of your body. I started exercising with this every day, and before long, I saved up enough money to buy a barbell and some weights to keep in my bedroom. I trained really hard, and although I never got a woman like Olivia Newton-John, I did manage to develop quite big muscles, especially in my arms and shoulders. All my friends and family thought I was crazy, and they all said I would give up after a few months. Well, I just turned 45, and guess where I’m going this evening… To the gym! These days, it’s more about trying to get rid of my middle-age spread than developing muscles, (Now I look more like the guys in the middle of the video than the ones at the beginning and the end!) but I still enjoy weight training as much as I did when I started it all those years ago. And who knows – I might never have discovered it if it hadn’t been for this video!
Look forward to hearing your stories.