Friday, April 9, 2010
Train in Vain
Let me rephrase that.
Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of the Clash wrote the song that introduced me to my wife.
The tune was Train in Vain, a hidden track off of their 1979 album London Calling.
I was blaring it from my dorm room my sophomore year at the University of Delaware when someone knocked at my door. I opened it to find a young and attractive lady on the other side.
She said she had heard the music and always wanted to know the name of that particular song.
Likely story, I thought.
I allowed her to borrow the cassette and we were soon spending a lot of time together in my room, listening to music and talking.
Things got serious between us quickly because not long after that we were exchanging mix tapes (gasp). At that time, exchanging these cassette tapes filled with mash songs you recorded was on par with "going steady" or "pinning" your sweetheart. Pretty heavy stuff.
I wish I still had those tapes, but they were lost long ago. I imagine Jill has the ones I gave her somewhere and when she reads this she will be able to retrieve them from their hiding spot. If she does find them, our new dilemma will be locating a cassette player.
Here is the song that started the romance that led to mix tapes and marriage. Thank you, Mr. Strummer. Thank you, Mr. Jones.