June 23 — ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION), John Parr (1985)

665AA48D-0D74-41D1-A5B2-6342DDC1FCACTonight NPR Music posted “Songs of Summer, 1962-2015.” Most of the songs from the last 20 years didn’t ring many bells. But the years from about 1970-1988 — roughly from age 7 to 25 — rang clear, vivid memories. Endless summers, spent as a kid in the house with the radio on; as a teenager with a farm job and Saturday nights driving around looking for anything that wasn’t there; or as a college intern about to break out into the big world.

Of all the songs listed, this one resonated the loudest. I spent the summer of ’85 in Washington, D.C., working across the bridge from Georgetown, where this movie was set and shot on location. We quoted the movie extensively, each identified with specific characters (Kevin McCarthy’s for me) and heard the soundtrack everywhere.


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