I finished the book yesterday, and I definitely enjoyed it. Rob Sheffield writes in a very journalistic, somewhat simplistic style, but it kept the book light and easy to read, even during the difficult parts.
Like most people that overcome big stuff at a young age, he gets it. He really gets life. The result is every couple of pages there is a quote, a story, or an image that I wanted to write down.
I think I need to read it again before I write about it. I'm going to need to flag those special quotes and cite them to do the story justice at all.
Now, back to the soundtrack of my life... Where did we leave off? 1994?
For Craige: I should have put a Morrissey song on the list to commemorate our many trips to Tracks with Julie. Forgive my omission.
But we're already past that, so let's continue:
Bus music in Baltimore, circa 1995: Digable Planets "9th Wonder," The Fugees, every song on "The Score," and the "Dead Presidents" soundtrack.
Dance Anthem for Senior Year: Gloria Gaynor "I Will Survive"
The Dark Years, circa 1997: Sarah McLaughlin "Adia" and I've blocked everything else out... but I know there was a lot of Ethiopian and Reggae music involved.
The beginning of the obsession, 1999: Mos Def "Umi Says" and I don't care if he has a million kids by a million women, he's still fine and someday he'll be mine.
1999 was also the year of Qtip, Maxwell, and dancing to "Mambo No. 5" like it was cool.
There was also a lot of dancing to Prince "1999" while I worried if I was going to spontaneously combust on New Years Eve.
The closer I get to now, the less interesting this is... so I'll leave it here for now, and I'll write more about the book later.