How did you feel the first time you ever heard the band that would inevitably become your favorite? Was it love at first listen, or did it take a little time? Did the obsession grow immediately, or was the immersion slow, building with each new album purchased and concert experienced?
I think it's easy to become complacent after awhile. Sometimes we forget just how important a favorite anything is to us; be it a band, meal or vacation spot. We tend to take these favorites for granted as they become part of our being - but do others know these secrets?
For instance, I'm not really sure my husband truly understands why I never - ever - want to meet or interview Aerosmith. For a longtime, that was my biggest career goal: interview Aerosmith. Now, I'd rather just keep a distance. I want to remember them as a true first love: a favorite band obsession. In my mind, I think it's better for everyone involved if they remain as special to me now and in the future as they were to me when I was just 15, sitting on my bedroom floor while reading Metal Edge. Having a real life experience with this band would completely and utterly change all my memories - and I can't risk that.
We might find new bands, foods or vacation spots we adore - but there will always be a space for the single favorite. It's a special feeling that is hard to quantify with words, but I'm pretty sure every band is looking to stir that emotion among the masses. It's the special few that actually make it happen.