Momma Told Me: A little obsession is healthy for a young girl.
I'll never forget the first CD Player, and CD, I ever owned. It was Christmas Eve of 1997, and my dear grandmother had selected the top of the line 'portable' boombox, cassette, CD player with a little help from the department store salesclerks. She had also consulted them for an age, and gender, appropriate title to include; my first CD. At the time I was helplessly hooked on my Edited copy of Alanis Morrisette's Jagged Little Pill, which I'd tote around in my cassette Walkman, completely detached from the world. There was some disagreement about the appropriateness of this musical selection, among my extended family members, yet, at 11, I remember being quite bewildered at the concept of a 'boy band.' The following year, everything would change for me, as Momma introduced me to Tiger Beat, and reminisced about her days as a swooning tween. Yes, it seems not much has changed, from Timberlake to Bieber, the world loves crooning heartthrob's named Justin, and I am no exception.
Justin Timberlake was not an act back then, *N Sync was; and that was exactly whom I went to see for my very first concert, back when P!nk was an unknown artist opening for them with Sisqo. Are we taking a walk down memory lane yet? But I had more than their albums, imports, and posters. I spend every penny of allowance and birthday money on my Justin and *N Sync obsession. My room was lined wall to wall with shelves backed with cutout magazine articles, carefully organized dedicated band member binders, and every piece of merchandise I could come across in store and online. Some of my more obscure collection pieces include a $100 Save The White Tiger *N Sync Plush Tiger, branded lip balm, gummi snacks, and Valentine's, promotional banners and advertising from a fast food chain promotion, and (of course) bedding. This might have made my teenage years a bit awkward, but I somehow managed to find and make a lifelong best friend, who was just as obsessed with the band, and JT, as I.
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The 20/20 Experience, on March, 18, 2013!
What Daughter Says: I don't think I'll ever grow out of my Justin Timberlake love!
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