I grew up in a house with very little music. It’s not that my parents didn’t like it. We just didn’t have a home stereo, and we kids preferred TV anyway. So the only time I ever heard rock music was in the car with my parents, and that meant that we were listening to oldies, like the Beach Boys or Motown. Not that I didn’t like that music. It was all I knew, aside from the random Carmen or Ray Boltz cassette tape.
So when I actually got a taste of current rock music in junior high, my tiny mind was blown. I can remember getting a sampler CD back then, and one of the tracks on it was “Saturn” by Skillet. It’s a much different sound than what many fans of Skillet are used to hearing today, but the spirit of inspiration, of looking out from where you are to that which is greater, is still the same.