Pop Culture Confessions: Music

I’ve already documented my movie and TV confessions. Here are 10 more, of a musical nature:

  1. I will always associate the song “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson with summer 2005 in Florence. We used to go to a sketchy bar (La Mula!) and then at the end of the night, walk home down Via Gramsci, singing that song.
  2. John Legend’s song “PDA (We Just Don’t Care)” always makes me think of summer 2007 in DC, as does The Format’s “Snails.” I think I listened to those 2 songs more than any others that summer.
  3. In the quintessential pop culture battle of ‘N Sync versus Backstreet Boys, I was solidly on team ‘N Sync.
  4. My first concert was Amy Grant, with my mom, aunt, and cousins. I can still remember the lyrics to a ton of her songs. Yeah, that’s pretty embarrassing.
  5. When we were little, my cousin Misty and I vowed that we’d dance our father/daughter dance at our weddings to Donna Lewis’s “I Love You, Always Forever.”
  6. On the way back to Ann Arbor from my grandma’s funeral, I listened to the Beatle’s “In My Life” on my iPod, again and again and again. That song will always make me think of the Morello family.
  7. The first CD I ever bought was Ace of Base’s “The Sign.” The second was Alanis Morissete’s “Jagged Little Pill.” My dad got really angry after he heard “You Oughta Know.” I guess the f-bomb is inappropriate for a 4th grader?
  8. In 7th grade, I went to a 98 degrees concert with my friend Keri. I bought a t-shirt that had a picture of the band dressed as firemen on it (also so embarrassing). Jessica Simpson was the opening act – she wasn’t famous at that point, and we actually got her autograph.
  9. One of my favorite things to do in college was to go to concerts – I saw Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Ben Folds, Coldplay, James Blunt, Ingrid Michaelson, Guster, Gavin DeGraw, and Maroon 5. All incredible.
  10. When I was younger, I used to wake up every Saturday morning to the sound of my dad vacuuming while singing various songs at the top of his lungs – think the Carpenters, Phantom of the Opera, etc. It drove me crazy at the time but now is one of my favorite memories.
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