My recollection of my college years is they were some of the best years of my life. I went to a very good school. Received a top notch education. Was mentored by some of the top professors in their respective fields. It truly was some of the best years of my life.
The friendships I developed in college in the early 90’s are friendships that I still have to this day. You go through so much with a core group of friends that even though everyone moves on in different directions with career, family, and life, whenever you see each other you are brought back to that moment in time when you were young and invincible.
The Music that Shaped us
I think that’s why I still love my 90’s music so much. I hear a song and it takes me back. Whenever I am reconnecting with college friends for dinner or coffee we always have some old 90’s songs playing. Inevitably a song will come on and we will immediately go into the mode of “Oh my gosh, this song reminds me so much of the time we…” or “This song reminds me so much of so-and-so…”
Soundtracks of the 90’s
I mentioned previously that I loved the grunge style rock that came out of Seattle in the early 90s and that was the music that shaped my college years. But a movie and a soundtrack was released in the early 90s that also made a big imprint on me: Singles.
The movie Singles was probably an ok movie. Typical love relationships stories mixed in with some interesting subplots, but what made the movie incredibly interesting was the soundtrack. It was the ultimate in early 90’s sound. Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, The Lovemongers, and Mother Love Bone were some of the bands and sounds that made that soundtrack.
What was even cooler was at the time of the movie release, no one really knew those bands yet. Maybe Pearl Jam was beginning to make a name for itself, but for the most part, these were local Seattle bands who were making a huge culture splash on Generation X. Without even really knowing it or really trying, Singles became the soundtrack of the early 90’s generation. Generation X was becoming known as the Slacker Generation and there was no better soundtrack to live by than the grunge and slackers of Singles.