“I Wanna Go Back”

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I really like satellite radio, mostly for two reasons: 1. the 70’s channel and 2. the 80’s channel. That’s the music I grew up with right there. The 80’s channel especially hits me because that was the music I listened to while I was in high school. What’s funny is some music I didn’t like then I will listen to now, simply because it is from the 80’s.

I went to Seabreeze high School in Daytona Beach, Florida, and yes, it was as good as it sounds. We were right across A1A from the Atlantic Ocean, and summer was never very far away (appealing on a day like this, while it is snowing as I type here in Greer). The Spring Break craze hit Daytona my sophomore year, with MTV bringing their unique brand of madness to town. By today’s standards, it was family fare, but back then, it was cutting edge.

Several of my friends decided to skip school so they could go to one of the concerts: Eddie Money. Now Mr. Money has not had many hits since, but he got pretty big back in the 80’s. I didn’t feel like skipping to see him. Now don’t think I was a goody-two-shoes or anything. I would’ve skipped for Phil Collins and Genesis, or even Journey, and especially Billy Joel, but Eddie Money just wasn’t a favorite. I liked him fine, but he wasn’t worth the skip and resultant risk. A comedy of errors ensued for my friends who went (their car ran out of gas, for one thing), but I’ll save that tale for another day.

What made me think of all this was when I heard Eddie Money on the 80’s channel recently, singing a song of his I liked pretty well at the time: “I Wanna Go Back”. For those of you who don’t know it, the chorus goes like this:

“I wanna go back and do it all over, but I can’t go back I know.

I wanna go back, ’cause I’m feelin’ so much older, but I can’t go back I know.”

While it’s fun to reminisce about the good old days, as Billy Joel says in a song entitled “Keeping the Faith”, “The good old days weren’t always good”. Are you feeling older, and guiltier, about the old days? We’ve all done things we wished we hadn’t done, but the fact of the matter is that we can’t go back. Eddie Money was right.

So was the apostle Paul. In reflecting on his own life, he saw good and bad in the past. Then he wrote this: “Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal of the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

Don’t anquish over the past. It’s just that, and you can’t do anything about it. Instead, press on toward what God has for you today. “The good old days weren’t always good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems”. Sing it, Billy. Keeping the faith, indeed.

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