Every time I hear Adam Duritz's voice, I smile involuntarily.
(It's super awkward on the bus).
If my childhood had a soundtrack, surely Counting Crows would be it - especially August and Everything After. It's the soundtrack of memories of road trips to Bettendorf and Minneapolis, it reminds me of my mom and my little brothers, back when they were still little. It reminds me of Koser Avenue and Roosevelt Elementary and being called "Katie".
It reminds me of a time before everything really got good for my family - and yet, even in that time before, there were good parts and good people and good memories.