Like most fans I can still remember the first time I hear Counting Crows; Shrek 2. My family bought the soundtrack after the film came out which featured the song Accidentally In Love which, consequently, I fell in love with.
For reasons beyond my understanding, I never tried to look up more of their songs. Right up until 7 years after first hearing them.
I was staying at my Girlfriend's flat, talking to her friend about music until about 3am. I told him that I was a big Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M. and Gaslight Anthem fan. He, in return, told me he was a huge Counting Crows fans and that the first thing I should do when I got home was listen to August and Everything After.
Then, when I got home, the first thing I did was listen to August and Everything After.
And I listened to it everyday for months.
It changed the way I think, feel, write songs, and approach other bands.
Basically what I want to say is, thank you Counting Crows. For everything.
One day I hope to meet you, maybe even if you embark on a tour of the UK anytime soon support you! (If only. I guess I'll just have to keep dreaming for now)
Calum White, a.k.a Neutral Youth Movement (http://neutralyouthmovement.bandcamp.com/