Inside my CD case

Apr. 19, 2013 @ 05:28 AM

Music is one of my favorite things. I can’t get into my car without finding a song on the radio, even if it’s only for a five minute trip down the road.

I don’t have a specific genre that I listen to, I just pick out the songs that appeal to me and sing-a-long. Of course, sometimes I listen to music according to my mood. There is nothing like a good, angry Eminem song to get me through those days when nothing is going my way.

If you ever take a road trip with me, you will find that I am fully prepared for any of your musical needs. Well, you might not find any bluegrass or heavy metal in there, but I have to draw the line somewhere. I have an iPod full of a variety of songs that I have been collecting since college when I mooched my music off of friends who could actually afford iTunes.

But if you are really up for a trip back in time, you can explore what my old school CD case has to offer. Inside you will find CDs dating back to 1999 when I got my first CD player for Christmas.

Today, the pre-teens and teenagers have Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and One Direction. In 1999, I had one of the most memorable Christmases ever when I received Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync CDs. I also got a karaoke machine. I put that thing to work for sure, all while having my cousin Katelyn act as my backup dancer. I was beside myself with excitement. What more could a pre-teen want?

My collection continues with CDs by Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson and Mandy Moore. These were the CDs I threw in the player when I wanted to sing at the top of my lungs. I dreamed of being on stage, singing in front of thousands and wearing beautiful, sparkly clothes. I wanted to be famous just like they were and told everyone I was going to be a singer when I grew up. I guess that didn’t work out.

Music was even a part of my daily life in elementary school. My friends and I used recess as a time to pretend we were the Spice Girls and perform songs on the playground. I also remember dividing up parts and acting out 98 Degrees songs during sleepovers.

Another important part of this clearly amazing collection are Now That’s What I Call Music 7-11. The Now CDs always had the best songs from the Top 20 countdowns that I would watch on Saturday mornings. I’m pretty sure that Now 7 introduced me to my first rap song.

Of course, I also have mixed CDs that my friends made me. Those are always exciting because you never know what song is going to start playing next. It may be one of your favorites that you completely forgot about or one that brings back special memories.

I haven’t updated my CD collection in quite a while. Nowadays everyone has an iPod and can download their favorite songs with the click of a mouse or the tap of a finger on their iPhones, but I still have a soft spot for those compact discs. I have had to get rid some of the ones that were scratched beyond repair, but I don’t plan on saying goodbye to my CD collection anytime soon.