When I was about 9 or 10 years old me and my brothers spent a lot of time hanging out in our pool. During the summer we’d always blast music on the stereo, and I remember being introduced to a lot of new bands.
I was only in fifth grade, so my musical taste was just beginning to develop. In other words, I liked whatever my brothers liked. This was the early 90s, so we’d have anything playing from the Counting Crows, to Nirvana or even Blind Melon.
The only time I got to listen to this stuff was when we’d all be in the pool and my brothers would play their CDs. I tried to “borrow” my brother’s CDs from time to time, but I got in big trouble for that. One time I borrowed my brother Brad’s Ugly Kid Joe CD and scratched it. He hasn’t talked to me since.
Desperate to have some music of my own to listen to, I jumped on my bike one day and rode to the music store. The day before my brother Brandon was listening to a CD that I really enjoyed. I took a look at the album cover, and went off to the music store to buy my own copy.
At the music store I looked through all the albums and found the one that I wanted to buy. I picked up Nirvana’s Nevermind. You know, the one with the baby on the cover swimming around naked?
The girl working in the music store even said to me, “Wow you’ve got really good taste in music for someone so young.” I thought I was so cool, buying my first album.
Until I got home. I showed my brothers what CD I bought and they were shocked that I even liked it. My dad wasn’t pleased with the cover and rolled his eyes. I was confused because I didn’t think the music we listened to the day before was all that bad.
Then I played it and realized it wasn’t the band that we were listening to the day before. As it turned out, we were listening to Eddie Brickell and the New Bohemians. That’s the CD I had wanted to buy.
Nirvana was very much different. For years I played it off like I really liked Nirvana. I didn’t dislike them, but they certainly weren’t my favorite. People thought it was cool that my first album was Nirvana, purchased when I was only nine, with my own money… so I went with it.
I look back now and realize this was God’s providence. Nobody buys Eddie Brickell as their first album and goes on to live a good and normal life. I really dodged a bullet.