This reminds me of an NY Times op-ed shared with me awhile back that I never posted…
Forever Young? In Some Ways, Yes:
Fourteen is a formative age, especially for people growing up in social contexts framed by pop culture. You’re in the ninth grade, confronting the tyrannies of sex and adulthood, struggling to figure out what kind of adult you’d like to be, and you turn to the cultural products most important in your day as sources of cool — the capital of young life.
Music was undoubtedly one of the most important sources of cool to me at the time (and, to be honest, probably still is).
Discovered this hip hop remix of “Crash” back in 8th grade… Great version of the song.