I Want My MTV…

I Want My MTV…

MTV debuted the year I graduated from high school, and just weeks before I started college. It was a revelation, in the life of this music junky. My peers and I had been blessed with the brilliance of Saturday Night Live, which colored our high school years with crazy antics of John Belushi, Larainne Newman, Chevy Chase, Dan Akroyd, Gilda Radner, Garrett Morris and Jane Curtin. We were forever quoting Samurai, Wild and Crazy Guys (with the help of Steve Martin), Coneheads, etc. The brilliant comedy and memorable skits were weekend fodder and were replayed for our days in class.

Personally, I think I grew up in an amazing time. So many break-through venues started as I was figuring things out in my own life, and heading out into the bigger world. If SNL gave wing to my dry, sarcastic sense of humor, MTV fed my music-driven soul. It heralded an age when music took visual form and there was a video, a movie of sorts, to make the music that much more intense. I was riveted that first day, and the debut still stands out as epic in my young life.

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