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The Transition Years: Year End Wrap Up 2000 & 2001

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Like I imagine most teenagers did, I went through a rough road in many ways. But none more storied than my taste in music. When I was 12 and 13, my all-time favorite groups were teen pop. And why shouldn't they be? Teen pop that was - get this! - made by teenagers was having an intense resurgence in the mid-to-late 90's. As we saw just ten years before, where hair metal crested and eventually fell through the mid-80's to early 90's, teen pop went through the exact same thing between the years of 1997 and oh, let's say, 2002. (But more on this later!)

At the end of 2000, I was 14 and in the 9th grade. Some analysis on the below list is fairly necessary so here goes. On November 1st, 2000, I became a Bon Jovi fan and never looked back. Bon Jovi was my gateway drug to the Aqua Net drenched world of quaalude inspired music by bands with names like Tiger Tailz, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Bang Tango. Or, ok, more accurately - Skid Row, Poison, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, and Guns…

Old School Year End Wrap Up: 1998 & 1999

We all remember our misspent youth differently than it actually occurred. To really - truly - go back in time, I thought I'd go straight to the source: my journal. I started keeping a journal on June 22, 1998, or more than half my life. In Dec. 1999, I began calculating my "end of the year wrap up", something I still do this day, and now also on this blog.

I thought it would be interesting to revisit the thoughts of my 12 and 13 year old self. (In 1998, I didn't do a year end wrap up but I did make a list of my favorite singers.)

Oh 1999, what a sweet innocent time, before texting, the reign of Apple, and the recession. I mean, cell phones looked like this! 1999, the year of my first concert (Sept. 1999. The Backstreet Boys' Millennium tour at Continental Airlines Arena, New Jersey).

So snap in some butterfly clips, put on your jelly shoes, turn the TV to TRL, rewind your videotapes, and fasten the tag protectors back on those Beanie Babies. We're goin' bac…

Senior Spring Mix - March 2004

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

There is something wonderful about being so caught between childhood and adulthood, and something so hideous about it as well.

"No one gets out of here alive" may as well be the motto of High School. We survive but we carry the burden with us for years. A memory, always something idle, triggers it and brings us back instantly to those four years of disenfranchisement.

"Still no matter what happens, I find him always in my thoughts - haunting me. He is a ghost of my past and a girl I used to be. I just wish there was something between us, but there isn't. We walked by each other in the hallway the other day - just me, just him, and there were no words (just a look - undescribable)." ~ 4/8/04

1. J-Kwon - "Tipsy" (2004)
2. Chingy, Ludacris, & Snoop Dogg - "Holidae Inn" (2004)
3. Usher f. Lil Jon & Ludacris - "Yeah" (2004)
4. Nelly f. Justin Timberlake - "Work It" (2004)

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