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M is for Maniac

May 8, 2008

Mariah Carey

I can’t be sure but I think Mariah Carey may have been the first CD I ever owned. Of course up until then I had plenty of cassette tapes, including a single from The Rembrandts and an Amy Grant single. I think my Mom won them from a radio station and gave them to me. I can’t imagine why she wouldn’t want them for herself. I played them on a pink boom box that I would later put to good use recording radio shows with friends. We didn’t have a microphone either, we spoke directly into the tiny microphone next to the eject button. We didn’t have many songs in our respective collections, so I think the majority of our playlist consisted of Temptations and Diana Ross tracks. I seem to recall that the dialogue consisted mainly of prank calls. I would really, really like to know what happened to those tapes.

Anyway, I must’ve listened to Daydream about 200 times and memorized all the lyrics.

The liner notes actually fell apart because I looked at them so many times. If you want to be really, really depressed, I suggest you put “One Sweet Day” on repeat and listen to it 34 times. That can’t have been good for my adolescent mind. “Always Be My Baby” probably still ranks as one of my favorite Mariah songs, though.

She lost me a bit with Rainbow, and Glitter and Charmbracelet were dark times, but ironically, the crazier she’s gotten the better her music has gotten. The Emancipation of Mimi is one of the best CDs I’ve listened to in the last few years. The verdict is still out on E=MC^2, though judging from the fact that she just married Nick Cannon, I’d say the crazy is through the roof. This may be the best album yet.

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