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An Ode to NOW CDs

August 5, 2019

A little love letter from this 90's kid to her favorite CDs.

I can still remember the very first CD I ever bought: Now That's What I Call Music Vol. 8. We had stopped at an FYE somewhere in the middle of Indiana, and I picked out this firey looking CD to go along with the bright yellow Walkman I owned. Up until that point, I grew up listening to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin. I used to (and still do) sing along to every single note in Stevie Ray Vaughn's In Step album. And sure, we listened to a little Matchbox 20 and Barenaked Ladies on the radio, but I had never heard anything like that first NOW CD. 

Volume 8 had an incredible line up: "Bootylicious" by Destiny's Child, "Stutter" by Joe ft. Mystikal, "Fat Lip" by Sum 41, "Clint Eastwood" by Gorillaz and the list just kept going. All of a sudden, I had hip-hop. I had punk. I had music I wanted to blast as loud as possible and just jam to. Once I had Vol. 8, I wanted to get my hands on as many NOW CDs as I could. I probably bought or checked out from library almost every NOW CD that came out between 2001 and 2007.

As a kid, I used music and reading to escape from my world, and to this day, they are both actitivies that bring me comfort and joy. I'm not exactly sure why I stopped listening to NOW CDs. I think by that time I had an iPod, so I could start searching for whatever I wanted on iTunes. But I will always have a place in my heart for NOW CDs.


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Emily is a Teen Associate at NPL. When she's not planning programs or hanging out in the teen room at her branch, Emily spends her days reading, writing, gardening, trying new recipes, and playing board games. She loves most books and all dogs.


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