a. Do you remember the first song/artist that touched you on an emotional level, not just a catchy tune, but something that sank in under the skin?
My favorite song as a young teen was (I've decided to leave out the the song/band name due to explicit lyrics) from the album (omitted). During that time I went through a phase where I exclusively listened to punk rock. The songs sang by this artist and others in the genre spoke about activism, idealism, angst, and their perception of true freedom. I felt disconnected with school life, whereas punk rock was a micro culture that I felt a belonging to. When I played this fast paced, message driven song I would feel it energize me. The energetic feeling I got listening to punk rock replaced the emotional void school had left in me. At that age I had very little success in school and the art classroom, skateboarding, and listening to music where my escapes.