Music was a huge part of my upbringing—we are a music kind of family. My first cassette tape that I bought myself was Jewel’s Pieces of Me and my first CD was No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom. Most parents either listened to a lot of oldies or the local pop and Top 40 station on the radio. My parents weren’t going to sacrifice their ears to Britney Spears and N’SYNC, so we had to listen to what they wanted to hear—current alternative rock as well as classic rock. Boy bands and pop stars just weren’t a part of my life, except for the greats like Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child.