I have to say that I'm kinda behind on this music thing... My parents never really listened to music. My mom is not a fan of excess noise, lol. My parents were older when they adopted me, so they were kinda out of the whole popular music thing. Also, we didn't have cable, so I was locked out of the good MTV years where they actually played music.
That being said, the first music I really remember enjoying and listening to, and coincidentally the first tape I ever bought was Eric Carmen. Specifically, I loved "Make Me Lose Control" and "All By Myself." I was 12-13-ish and my dad used to drive me to middle school and we would listen to it on the way because he didn't mind music playing.
Fast forward a couple of years and I went to a summer camp and the theme for me was All for One's song "I Swear." That song still brings back memories and can make me cry.
The next year was the summer of a couple of great rock songs... "Lightening Crashes" by Live and "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum.
The year 2000 was when I really started getting into music. I saw the movie "Here on Earth" and heard a song by Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey called "Where You Are." We had just recently gotten internet at home and I looked the song up and found Jessica's official website. I joined her message board and met some really great people that I'm still friends with today, 8 years later. I am SO over Jessica Simpson now, thank goodness. I got introduced to Nsync and that started a new "chapter" of my life. The year 2000 was when I graduated high school and a song came out that was just amazing at the time - "Graduation (Friends Forever)" by Vitamin C. It was such an iconic song for us. And then summer of 2000 before I went to college, my family went to Washington DC and we drove. I slept the entire two days it took us to drive and the whole time, I listened to Matchbox 20's Mad Season album and specifically, "Bed of Lies." Still to this day I love that song.
Also during this time, I had a love for Creed and "With Arms Wide Open." Some things happened that remind me of that song and I will never be able to fully enjoy it anymore, sadly. It really was a great song.
My unfortunate Nsync obsession ended but it was closely followed by another unfortunate obsession, Good Charlotte. I was in college now and LauraSue and I used to watch All Things Rock on MTV because Benji and Joel hosted. Through that, I was introduced to many great bands and I've been kinda in the same vein ever since... I still listen to rock, punk, emo, etc. What's different though is that I can appreciate music for what it is and not what genre it falls into.
I'm obsessive when it comes to music - If a song touches me, I will listen to it over and over and over, non-stop, until I am sick of it and then it will be months, years even before I can listen to it again. Right now, my current obsession is David Cook's Analog Heart album, in particular the song "The Truth."
It's kind of neat to see how my music has grown up with me. I always knew something was missing from my life and when I found music and in the glory days of Napster, I downloaded about 4000 songs in any and every genre imaginable, a part of me was completed. It sounds corny, I know, but it's also the truth. I have met a best friend through music, music has kept me from slitting my wrists a few times - it gives me something to hold on to, to look forward to.
Current Music Bitter Song - by Butterfly Boucher