Music is what moves us and inspires us.
In older generations, there was a smaller selection of music available. Music has become just another way to entertain ourselves for a short period of time. Growing up, I lived under a musical rock. Actually, I should face the facts. Growing up, I lived under a metaphorical rock, culturally speaking. My main genre of music was Christian – specifically christian rock and christian rap. I remember one of my friends bringing over his P.O.D. CD (Satellite) and thinking Youth of the Nation was the coolest, most hardcore song ever. Little did I know.
For years growing up I listened to cassette tapes. Often, I would tape songs off the radio.
For Christmas one year, one of my aunts bought me a Compact Disc player. I did not have any CDss, but this meant that I could now get CD’s from the library, and listen to my mom’s CDs (she did not have a player herself at the time).
After about four months of having the player, my mom and I were at Family Christian Bookstores one day, probably either sometime in 2002 or 2003ish. While browsing the shelves, I saw the solo album by TobyMac (Momentum) of dc Talk fame, and decided to buy it. I vividly remember laying down my money on the counter, and the cashier taking it. I remember the receipt was super long, and I remember putting it into the small pocket of my backpack, where it was perfectly safe and secure for the walk home.
When I got home, I had to wash the dishes, so I unplugged my CD player and pulled it out to the front of the house, finding a plug in the kitchen, and turning it on.
And that once ceremonious event of opening a CD.Do you remember that? When you carefully peeled the plastic away from the case, and lightly scratched at the sticker on top until it came off. Now when I purchase CD’s, I find that I tear the wrapping open to get to the product. But with the first few CD’s, there is a feeling of something important. I have to wonder if, with the rise of digital media, this is something that will be lost – no longer will it be a new record, 8-track, cassette tape, or CD. It will be a new iPod, which creates an entirely different epistemology than that which my generation grew up with. Even the term generation has a shorter span now – people three or four years younger than myself view technology in a much different way than people that are my age. And I digress.
For months on end, I listened to that new CD, over and over again. TobyMac’s words burnt into my brain – to the point where I can still repeat them perfectly to you today, even though I have not listened to the album in months.
What was your first CD/album purchase?