A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough days.
On January 16, 2006, I was in the morning ecumenical service at one of the high schools in my hometown commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and some young people did a mime presentation to Kirk Franklin's rendition of "Keep Your Head." It was the day before I would be moving to Philadelphia in pursuit of my "big dreams," and my mind was racing. I was so nervous. Everyone who passed me at the school that day was asking me about my plans and wishing me well, and I could barely even muster conversation. But, after hearing that song, I left the program and went straight out to purchase the CD. I drove to Philly the next day with it on repeat ... I literally didn't listen to anything else and it was a mainstay in my life for the next six months. I can't even really say what it was about that particular offering by Kirk that was so uplifting for me, but it really did comfort me when I was in the midst of such a stark period of newness. Even now, I will put it on and go straight to track 7, "Imagine Me" and I'm transported right back to January 2006 ... I was excited about the adventure, meeting new people, exploring a new city and making my life the life I'd always wanted to live. And now, I've realized all that I envisioned; more, even. It seems like only yesterday. Good times.