Manhattan, Kansas, otherwise known as the Little Apple, was a college town blending a unique aroma of cattle, gym sweat and sunflowers.

I sang in a show choir, played in several orchestras and concert bands, and also joined a punk rock band called the Fuzzbuckets. I moved to Boston when I was eighteen. I didn't really have a favorite baseball player any longer, but my BMG membership and MTV access gave me unprecedented access to Buzz bands.