I mean what a week! It just won’t stop!
It was my senior year of high school, probably the spring of 1997. I used to stroll around Circuit City, for all you newbies, that was the place to go because the electronics mogul that is now Best Buy hadn’t exploded yet. Circuit City would have new upcoming artists CDs on sale for like $9.99 or $7.99 or something ridiculous like that and I was a total sucker for them. That day I picked up 2 CDs. I couldn’t decide between the confused fat guy staring at me or the girl peeking through her hands at me so I bought them both on impulse. It was all over after that. Matchbox 20 (that was before they began spelling the “20”) and Third Eye Blind instantly became favorites of mine.
Rob and the boys have had considerable more success but I still dig what Stephan and them do to this day!
Matchbox Twenty however will forever be one of those timeless bands I always listen to. They’ve always been there for me! The 1st two songs I ever learned on the guitar were at the same time and they were: Let Her Cry by Hootie and Hang by Matchbox Twenty. Hang was the song I’d play and sing after everyone was toasted with a good buzz and want to hear before they fell asleep in our dorm room! HA. I saw Matchbox in concert that 1st year at LSU at the Varsity. It was the Spring semester, I remember vividly because it took my roommates an entire semester to get me drinking. And that night was my first encounter with Jagermeister: an awful concoction of cough syrup and alcohol. Even still, I remember the band blowing me away in this quaint college town venue and furthering my love for the band.
A few years later the band came around again. This time though they had received stellar reviews and a sophomore release that was sending everyone MAD! Too big for the Varsity this time around, we trucked down to New Orleans and saw them in the New Orleans Arena. Still bigger than life and just filled the place up! It was incredible!
I don’t think they came around after the 3rd release? If so I’d have been there. It looks like I’ll get the chance again here about 10 years later to see them again! How Far We’ve Come is the new single for the new CD coming out apparently in 33 days 1 hour 39 minutes and counting. It’s exploding on the radio and was even featured in an episode of The Hills already! Preorder info isn’t even up yet and no mention of it on iTunes yet but as soon as they do I’ll let you know!
SO MUCH MUSIC THIS WEEK! Forgive me if I’m in my own world with my ear buds this week and miss you 🙂