Guns, Roses, Me and You, too

Riding into town for a night off from working at Kanakuk in Branson, Missouri.
On our way home from school at a stop light in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Sitting in the back of a Suzuki Samurai in Newport, Rhode Island.
Driving to get food during lunch time in Miami, Florida.

There are so many songs that have left a permanent imprint from the first time I heard them on the radio. I can remember where. I can remember when. In fact, because we moved around so much growing up, my siblings and I classify music by where we were living when the songs came out. I first heard “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House in St. Pete. And I remember hearing a lot of U2 back then, but it wasn’t till working at Kanakuk one summer that I fell in love with the band’s music. Then as a junior at Westminster Christian School in Miami, Florida, my friend Jonathan Baker and I left campus for lunch and that’s the first time I heard Club Nouveau’s version of “Lean On Me.” I love that song to this very day. But long before I could drive, my sister’s friend drove us around in a Suzuki Samurai and that’s when I was introduced to “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses.

So I guess the point of all this is to say I’m glad listening to music in the car hasn’t been made illegal… yet! Road trips and quick runs to the grocery store start like any other, but those moments in the car sometimes turn out to be landmarks in my life… all because of the music.

-Out of the Wilderness

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