It was early August, the end of summer in 1993, when I first heard a Sheryl Crow song. I was about to start my senior year of high school.
Her debut solo album, Tuesday Night Music Club, was the Columbia House selection of the month. My best friend was already enjoying his CD copy and suggested I try it, so I checked the box for Columbia House to send it to me. I immediately liked it and played it on repeat almost every day.
Months later all the radio stations were playing “All I Wanna Do,” which was actually the third release from the album, but I’d already been listening to and falling in love with Sheryl for weeks.
Three years later I moved to Memphis to go to college and got to see her in concert. It was a special concert because it was my first concert ever, and her father joined her on stage to play the trumpet solo on “We Do What We Can.”
There’s not a song on the album I don’t like but I think “I Shall Believe” and “No One Said It Would Be Easy” resonated with me back then. I was starting my senior year of high school. My parents divorced that year. Life was changing, and quickly, and Sheryl provided some of the soundtrack to that year. And that’s where I was the first time I ever heard a Sheryl Crow song.
Where were you?