Day 001 — Ten Years After (36yearsago)
A look back at my blog and journal as a music student in Vienna, 1971.
Photo: On the steps of Belvedere, Vienna 1971
Day 001 — Ten Years After (36yearsago)
36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971 — A Student Journal
Day 001 — Welcome to Ten Years After (36YearsAgo)
Young, age 22, full of dreams and hope, and wanting to make my mark on the world, I stumbled onto a plane flying into a new, strange world. Not knowing what to expect, I was eager with anticipation and full of excitement. A year of fun, hard work, new adventures and intrigue.
August 3 is a memorable date for me. In 1971, I boarded a plane to spend an amazing year as a music student in Vienna, Austria. It was an incredible year and journey. About 35 years later, I found my paper journal and over 600 Kodachrome and Ektachrome 35mm slides in a plastic bag in the attic. On August 3, 2007, I transcribed my paper journal for that day into a blog titled 36yearsago.com and commented on my journal’s entry from a perspective of 36 years later.
Today, on August 3, 2017, I will revisit my blog and journal from that same day — ten years after 36 years ago. 46 years. That’s a long time. Talk about living in the past.
The original purpose of the journal was personal — as a memory. 1971 was the first year that I kept a journal. I was on a special journey. There were no personal computers or internet or digital cameras at that time. A paper journal seemed the way to go. Reading those journal entries on the same day 36 years later revived memories in detail as opposed to “I spent a year in Vienna.” For the purpose of this journal, I will refer to the journal as from Vienna 1971 though it is actually 1971–72.
The blog enabled me to add my personal comments on the transcripts of that year. I felt it might be of interest to young students following their dreams, although I never marketed the blog and few have read its entries. 356 days. Read a page or two, perhaps. Beware — I tend to be long winded.
Note: it is not necessary to read the original blog and in accordance with Medium policy, I am not using these posts to highlight the blog. I do not monetize or advertise the original. I will post a link at the end of each Medium article to the original.
While most of us are not young students anymore, I welcome your comments on Medium. Any tips of Medium formatting are appreciated as this is my first post. Enjoy.
From my blog: A year with many firsts.
- • First time on a plane.
• First time outside of NJ, NY, PA, and VT.
• First time in a country where English was not the main language.
• First time in Austria, East & West Germany, France, and Poland.
• First love.
• First year I didn’t have to work (after age 12 or so). That’s a BIG one.
• First graduate study and fellowship.
• First real train ride (non-commuter).
• First time face-to-face with communism.
•First year totally immersed in my love and my career — music.
• First purchase of a French Horn.
• First-time performance of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 on Wagner Tuba in the Vienna Musikverein concert hall.
• First time I saw my mother’s birthplace (Poland).
• First pop song ever written (corny).
• First “musique concrete” composition (avant garde).
• First time I met Leonard Bernstein (got his autograph).
• First earthquake (Bernstein-Mahler concert).
• First time skiing outside of NJ, NY, and VT.
• First time standing naked in front of a girl outside of a sauna.
Oh, and many others including
- First time I kept a journal (called a diary in those days).
The Original Blog
The original blog in 2007 was the first time I published the transcript from my paper journal. As mentioned, it was exciting to read and type my transcript on the exact same day it happened in 1971, except 36 years later. I was not able to do this daily for the entire year (for example, when my computer blew up), but for the most part, I did.
Photo: My first journal entry, August 3, 1971
Vienna 1971 — A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.
Keep a paper journal. Keep a paper journal when you embark on any special journey or adventure, whether travel, family, school, startup, or learning to cook meatloaf. Electronic journals are also wonderful but your family and grandkids may not continue to pay your web hosting cost and your adventure will disappear. Put the paper journal or printed book on your bookshelf. Read it one day far into the future. It will make you smile.
Invite your children and grandchildren to read it as well, and learn about the cool thing that grandma or grandpa did when they were young(er).
Blog link: The original transcript and blog are at 36yearsago.com. The email on the blog is incorrect, if you feel the need, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.