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In this article, we’ll see if, as we age, we change a lot, a little, or not at all.
Let’s start with a little song first.
What’s your favourite song?
It’s a question that’s hard to answer, isn’t it? There’s so many! Plus, although I’m the writer of this article, I also can’t answer this question!
However, if I had to give an answer, I’d say that I like fast music, with good saturated guitars and energy. In other words: I like punk-rock (in the broad sense, very broad!)
But that’s not really an answer.
So, we’ll proceed differently, and see if by tightening the choice, we can answer.
Let me rephrase the question: what’s your favourite punk rock song?
Yeah, well. It doesn’t seem much easier to answer.
Let’s try again – what was your favourite punk rock song when you were 20?
There you may have the beginning of an answer.
Let’s be even more specific: what was your favourite British punk rock song when you were 20?
Ah! Now you have an answer, I’m sure!
And now, let’s continue with the written interrogation.
Today, at age 50 (or more, or less, as the case may be), what’s your favourite British punk rock song?
If you have an answer, is it the same as when you were 20?
Maybe yes, maybe no!
Did you understand what I was trying to do?
Have you changed?
I wanted to show you that as you get older, tastes can change – even if for me they’ve only slightly evolved! Once a punk, always a punk! Indeed, I still listen often to the “punk-rock” hits of my youth (British and others), but my choice has been expanded a little. Firstly, thanks to the internet that’s allowed me to cross the borders and find punk-rock bands from many different countries, such as this one from Brazil.
And on the other hand, living in Moscow, I’ve been able to discover Russian punk rock. And there are lots of good bands here. Like, to name one, our FPG buddies.
And you, have you evolved in your musical tastes since your youth? Or like me, did you get stuck?
Another theme now.
What’s your favourite way of getting around?
Metro (in Paris)? = Very practical, but not the most pleasant way
Car? = The most comfortable, but expensive
Bicycle ? = Yeah, nice in town, but not very practical for long distances
Motorbike or scooter? = Very practical, comfortable, not too expensive. In short, for me, it’s ideal!
I’ve always liked riding on two wheels. This feeling of freedom!
First at 14, I had different mopeds. A 103 Peugeot, a Ciao Piaggio, and a Motobecane. Then at 16, I got my 125cc licence. I rode a Honda Dax 70cc until I was 18 and got my car licence. Immediately after that, I went to live in Paris. In Asnieres-sur-Seine to be precise. I didn’t have a car or a bike. As a simple pedestrian, I quickly realised that taking the metro every day wasn’t what I preferred in my new life. So after 2 years of metro-work-bar-concert-bar-metro-bed, I decided to equip myself with a second-hand scooter, a Vespa Px 125cc. A very convenient machine to move around in the big city, and so no longer had to take the line 13, one of the worst metro lines at that time. Parisians will understand easily what I mean.
This trusty scooter took me and a few friends to all corners of Paris. Almost without a hitch. I even experimented a few times with 3 on the scooter!
Until we were made to stop by the police. And yet, we weren’t dangerous to society!
Then in 1992, I bought a 1970 Lambretta 125DL scooter! A collector’s item. And guess what? I still have it today! Yes, 27 years later it’s still in my possession! Of course, since living in Moscow for 10 years, I only use it when I’m in Paris. But it’s still in very good condition. It must be said that my mechanic friends, Pilou and Phil, pamper it as if it was theirs!
You see again that I haven’t changed much in my tastes!
I’m stuck! Actually, I prefer to say “passionate”!
And finally, here’s the third theme
We’ve all had a favourite superhero. In any case, when we were about ten years old. Who was your favourite?
Superman? Batman? Wonder Woman? Iron Man? Spiderman? etc…
Since I was a kid, I’ve loved Spiderman!
I’ve always loved Spider Man! This young boy raised by his aunt and destroyed by the death of his uncle. This tormented young man who can’t get by in life. Half depressed. Without money. Without a friend. Without a girlfriend.
As a kid, when I read about his adventures, I identified with him. I had the impression of understanding him, and living the same situation. But in fact, I had a fairly balanced life. Other than my parents being divorced, I had friends, girlfriends, some pocket money. I lived in Nice. This wasn’t the worst place in France for a kid between 10 and 14 years old.
It was when I arrived in Paris that I started my Spiderman collection. At first, I was content with some comics and some toy figures. Then my collection gradually expanded. In 1994, I had my first tattoo of Spiderman (a bit shitty, it must be said!). Besides that, my collection became more and more important and cumbersome. My girlfriend accepted this puerile passion without too much trouble. Spiderman even ended up invading our bar and our restaurant. He was everywhere!
When I left Paris to live in Moscow with Cheryl, I sold almost everything … to another crazy man who collects Spiderman!
And today at 50?
Well, if you’ve read this far, you’ll understand that I’m a passionate person, and you can well imagine that my passion hasn’t dried up. On the contrary, it got worse! And today, I have several tattoos of Spiderman. I started a collection here again, in Moscow. I watch the Spiderman films on TV, in Russian! And Cheryl accepts this fatality! She even supports sleeping in children’s sheets, too small for two grown-up people!
Passionate I am, and passionate I will always be! And I don’t think it will change as I get older! (Cheryl wrote about my passion in her blog, Born in a Car!)
Only, as I said in the article about my vinyls, one day I’ll have to leave Moscow, and then I’ll have to separate myself from my collection.
But I’ll start another one elsewhere!
And what about you, are you stuck in the past? Passionate? Attached? Or rather indifferent?
Tell us about your experiences in the comments!
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