When I was a pre-teen I went through a little grunge rock phase, but didn’t everybody? Thanks to MTV, I discovered the sounds of new bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Temple of the Dog, Toadies, Smashing Pumpkins, etc. My favorite was Pearl Jam. I used to listen to the album Ten on my walkman at night when I was supposed to be sleeping. I would rewind and play the anthem songs of my youth over and over. His voice is still ingrained in my mind. Ripped jeans and flannel shirts were my security blankets. I remember flipping through Hit Parader magazine and carefully ripping out photos of Eddie Vedder. Oh so carefully, I wallpapered my room with images of his sweaty performances. He sang so intensely into the mic; arms flexed, and spit flying. He was so “ALIVE”.