30 day song challenge, day 7: a song that reminds you of a certain event

This one is an easy one, for me anyway. It was the spring of 1989 and the event in question was the 2-week long strike of the Los Angeles Unified School District. For two weeks, we’d meet up at school, check in, and then rather than spend the entire day in the school library while the teachers were on strike, we’d head off to all kinds of adventures. There are quite a few songs that remind me of this time, but one of them developed into not only an anthem for the strike (for me), but for our high school as well, Grover Cleveland Humanities Magnet High School, which was (and is) located in Reseda, California. That song is:

Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty

The song was a big hit around that time, but it became a kind of anthem because of a particular verse of lyrics:

It’s a long day, living in Reseda, there’s a freeway, running through the yard

Whenever I hear that song, it makes me think of meeting up with my friends before school, with teachers picketing out front, and then heading off to our various adventures. Those were some fun times!

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.