An Introduction

It’s September 1998 and just over a week ago I was thrust from the relative comfort of primary school into the dog eat dog world of secondary school and to be honest I’m bewildered, lost and confused. The social pyramid has been created and I can already see I’m at the bottom.

I am interrupted from my musings on the matter by the approach of one of the shiny new ‘In Crowd’. After exchanging a few pleasantries I ask the immortal question

“Who’s your favourite band?”

She replies with name of cool boyband of the day (the Backstreet Boys believe it or not) and returns the question to me.

I confidently reply “911”

This is greeted with the following routine –

*Laugh*
*Sneer*
*Run back to friends to relay information*
*Group hysteria*

Despite my musical taste changing after a couple of years I’m known for the next 5 years as the ‘911 fan’.

It was at this time that I made an important realisation that whilst I could’ve taken the easy option and declared the very next week that I no longer liked them, and that my fandom had now moved to The Backstreet Boys, I was quite happy in my own little musical world and wondered why I should change my own tastes just to look cool.

Let’s just say that whilst the faces and sounds have changed over the years the attitude has remained the same!

This isn’t a hipster music blog, this isn’t a 90s boyband nostalgia blog (sorry to disappoint). This blog is about the music that has moved, comforted and inspired me through my life and lead to me meeting some amazing people and making life-long friendships.

Enjoy the ride

Xx Jeninblack xX

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