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I'm a serial entrepreneur and an active participant in social media! I love music! Music's been such a big part of my life, throughout my life, I couldn't even tell you what the first concert was that I went to. My parents were always taking the family to the free Friday night concerts when we were kids. I remember seeing groups like The Mamas & The Papas, Jan & Dean and Three Dog Night. Then, there were the concerts at the local amusement park. (I think mom bought the season passes every year, just for the music, not the rides.) This was about the time where the line between the music my parents listened to and "my" music gets a little blurry for a while, then becomes very distinct. I remember seeing acts like Kathy Mattea, Ricky Van Shelton, Sawyer Brown and Eddie Rabbit (one of my faves). But, there were acts like DeBarge, Kool & The Gang and The Jets that I wanted to see, too. Hey, it was the 80s and I was becoming a teenager... don't judge. I do remember that the first non-parent-supervised concert that I went to was Bon Jovi and Skid Row in 1988 or 1989. From that point on, Bon Jovi has been my favorite band of all time. When I saw them in March 2010, somebody said something that got me thinking. I've seen Bon Jovi in concert in 4 different decades... 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s. That's insane(ly awesome)! I don't see as many concerts these days as I used to. I've put more money into my music collection, than I have into the live performances. I'm a practical person. I'd rather buy the music and keep it for years rather than spend an outrageous amount on a 1 night concert that may or may not be any good. I am getting back out there to see live music more often though. I didn't realize how much I missed it. My music collection began when I was very young. My grandma didn't live close to us when I was little, so it was a big deal when she came to town. One year, she took me shopping. It was close to my birthday. The only thing I picked out was a John Cougar LP. I don't even remember ever being a big fan, but I HAD to have that record. Since I was only turning maybe 6 or 7 years old, my mom didn't think it was appropriate for that age, so I received 5 records from her for my birthday... The Oak Ridge Boys, The Beach Boys, Olivia Newton-John (sure, that was age appropriate) and 2 others that I don't remember. From that point on, I was hooked! I never really accumulated very many LPs though. The following summer, we went to visit my grandma in Arizona. She gave me my first cassette tape recorder! The whole time we were there, if we weren't at the pool, I was laying on the living room floor with my tape recorder and her radio, waiting for my favorite songs to come on, so I could record them. My jam that summer was, "Always Something There To Remind Me". Once my cassette collection grew to about 500, CDs came about and I had a job. My mom thought I was crazy to start buying CDs when I didn't even have a CD player. I told her, "It would be pretty stupid of me to go out, spend $400-$500 on a CD player, then not be able to afford any CDs to play on it. So, I'm going to spend a little bit, here and there, on a few CDs now. I'll continue to save for the CD player. Once I have enough to buy it, I'll already have CDs for it." "Oh. Huh. That makes sense." Duh! Now, my CD collection has probably grown to at least a couple thousand. I haven't counted recently, but it's constantly growing. And I'm pretty sure every genre is represented. Why do I do what I do? I might not always be able to articulate my feelings, but through my love of music, I can always find just the right song, to convey a certain mood or feeling for any given moment. It gives me an empowered feeling and I love it! Thank you all for listening and for giving me the opportunity to share some of my most intimate thoughts and feelings with you... through the music I play.