The next time my mom and I were at the mall, I asked her if I could have some money to buy a CD. I had no idea how much they actually cost. $20? $40? She then asked me how much money I had in my allowance. It was in a secret spot in my room and I hadn't counted it in a while. I told her $10, but honestly, I think it was closer to $5 (sorry, Mom). She gave me a $20 bill - okay, so CDs cost $20, got it - and told me it was an advance for the next two weeks. I raced over to the Sam Goody that was on the 2nd floor. The Rock/Pop section seemed to be the largest, so I started there. The CDs were laid out alphabetically, so my eyes darted back and forth looking for the "O" section. And then there it was, right between No Doubt and The Offspring. I bought the CD (turns out it was only $16.99, what a steal!) and listened to it immediately when I got home. I skipped straight to Track 3, "Wonderwall." The guitar comes in first, playing the chords that make up the heart of the song, and then Noel Gallagher starts wailing that "Today is gonna be the day..." and, well, you've all heard the song. This became the very beginning of my music collection that would expand dramatically as the years went on and would eventually take up a pretty decent sized-part of my room. Eventually I sold the CD in the great musical exodus that happened when everyone started using MP3 players. I have to say that, even if I had gotten rid of the rest, I wish we kept the one that started it all.
What will your baby's first "album" be? We have a few suggestions.