I was a prepubescent, hyperactive, emotionally fragile youngster when I watched the 1980s American TV series The Wonder Years. I hadn’t seen a show that encapsulated the frenetic and potent thoughts of a young boy, like myself. In many ways it unlocked the mystery of growing up in an everyday family, including the frustrations relating to the opposite sex.
One episode in particular, struck a chord; involving Kevin’s sister becoming a peace-loving radical, running away from home and joining her boyfriend in a hippy commune. As the episode draws to a close a folk song called “Catch the Wind” can be heard.
In the chilly hours and minutes
Of uncertainty, I want to be
In the warm hold of your loving mind.
To feel you all around me,
And to take your hand, along the sand.
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind.
The narrator’s words about how people were trying to find their way in life, only to find their way home again pounded at my prepubescent heartstrings. I sought the songwriter of Catch the Wind. Someone suggested it was Bob Dylan so I snapped up my first Bob Dylan record called Lost in the Flood. Included was Blowing in the Wind which I assumed was Catch the Wind by Donovan from the Wonder Years. That incidental error would begin a wondrous journey of self-awakening that continues to this day.
Trying to emulate my new favorite artist I wrote a whole bunch of poems and lyrics. Afraid I might be embarrassed and lead a terminal bullied life at school, I kept those pages a secret. If they got out on the street or, much worse, into a school newspaper to join the bona fide list of school try-hards, the game was up.
1. 20 Seconds of Insane Courage
2. Dylan’s Desert Island Revue – Final Compilation Release
3. Gold Nugget