I myself experienced this a few months into my freshman year. I had made a friend who lived in the same building as I did, David. Thanks to his power of a great mix cd, my life was changed.
One afternoon, I was feeling icky and was handed off a 4 cd long mix set of songs, via the stairwell. After receiving the new tunes, I sat down to hear what would be the future of my listening. Lucero, Okkervil River, Ryan Adams (who I had already found a love for in high school and rediscovered), Kings of Leon, The Decemberists, Kyle Andrews (one of my favorite Nashville artists), Guster, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, and even more hit my ears, opening my eyes to what all existed in the world and.
At first I didn't realize what an effect the tracks were going to have on me, but the majority of stuff that I listen to today. He really showed me what was out there and I found my niche in what, I guess, could be called the world of indie (if you simply just pull everything together).
I haven't seen him in quite a while, probably since we moved out of the first year dorm and I never really let him know what an influence that mix had on me, but now I've got my chance:
Thank You, David Jenkins.
Speaking of my younger days in Murfreesboro, the possibility of moving back to Murfreesboro is back on my radar. We'll see how that goes, but I'm thinking it might just be the thing to do, seeing as my credits won't all transfer to UTC and I have to take atleast one class at MTSU before I get my minor finished, and I have to get that done (you think I'm wasting the other 13 hours in that field? No way!). We'll just have to wait and see what's going down.
Countdown til Okkervil River/ New Pornographers show: 24 Days. Woohoo!