Twenty years ago, my parents bought me my first CD/cassette/radio combination boombox (a HUMONGOUS step up from my cassette tape one which I gave to my little sister once I got the cooler one) and Third Eye Blind’s self-titled debut album. I was in fifth grade and I thought I was the coolest kid because I had a cool new CD with a boombox so I could be the classroom DJ for our little parties.
Today, on the way to a pre-work meeting, I was in the mood to listen to the album for some reason. I was really feeling the music so I decided I’d play the rest on Spotify at my desk. Little did I know when I typed in 3EB that this year is the 20th Anniversary of the album’s release. There’s a special edition of the album that came out less than a month ago. If you were in the group of kids/teens that listened to hip hop and pop rock interchangeably, you probably rocked with some of 3EB’s songs, namely “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Jumper”. Anyway, this new release has a whole nother disc with unreleased tracks and demo versions.
This has very little to do with anything professional, per se, but has everything to do with being a young professional. We’re finally at the age where the music we grew up listening to is hitting the age required to be re-released. That’s kinda cool… and kinda not. But I’m going to enjoy finishing out the songs I know and then moving on to those that I’m unfamiliar with.
Oh… And it’s cool to finally be old enough to know what the heck these 20-something year olds were talking about. I was a 10 year old kid singing about a jumper and didn’t know what being on a ledge had to do with jumping. Adulting is tough folks but not that tough. So, please, “step back from that ledge my friend. You could cut ties from all the lies that you’ve been living in.”
Make being nostalgic a priority.