Inspiration, circa 1980

10/04/12 6:00 AM

When I was kid, I loved going to the movies. General Cinema was the big theater in town, and one of my favorite moments was after the previews and before the movie started when the General Cinema clouds would appear with this soaring music — music that made my skin tingle and my heart beat faster and my imagination spin with possibilities.

I knew at a very young age that I wanted — that I needed — to create, and this “thing” inside me stirred whenever the clouds appeared and the music played, almost as if the two were a trigger to remind a dormant piece of my soul what it was being called to do.

I was thinking about the clouds and the music the other day, struggling to describe them and wondering if I could somehow find them online. I googled “general cinema clouds,” and the first item to show up was a YouTube video of what’s called “the policy trailer” (I never knew it had a name). I’m embedding it below. About 32 seconds in you’ll see my clouds and hear my music, and if you listen closely, you might hear my soul singing, too.


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5 Comments on “Inspiration, circa 1980”

  1. Laura Matthews Says:

    I love it! Inspiration hits us who knows when, when we’re in the frame of mind to be inspired.

  2. Martin Dugas Says:

    Thanks for sharing this little slice of your life, Robyn. It is my belief that most of us are born with special “seeds” inside us. They usually remain dormant for a while and wait until they are watered and fed with fertilizer to grow and develop! Life itself is like an old and wise, experienced gardener. It sees the potential that lies in us and always finds ways to expose us to whatever it takes to germinate the seeds inside!

  3. Robyn Says:

    Thanks so much for commenting, Martin and Laura! I agree: you never know when — or where — inspiration will strike.

  4. Don Kelley Says:

    Notice that in 1980 they didn’t even have the recycling logo on the trash bin. Probably hadn’t been designed yet. There was a smoking warning, but nothing about talking, and it was about 15 years before cell phone warnings showed up. I was half expecting the Candy Band video.

  5. Robyn Says:

    @Don — wasn’t it wild? How times have changed. Man, I feel old! 😉