I'm sitting at a local restaurant, and a group of young girls are in the booth behind me, ages somewhere between first and third grade. The girls are talking, giggling, having fun. They try to remember the lyrics to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," then the oldest girl suddenly says, "Hey, have you guys heard Bob Marley?"
I about fell out of my seat. I wanted to turn around to her, and say, "Very good. Now, here's some records by the Velvet Underground, Big Star, Nick Drake and the Zombies. Take your time, but let me know what you think." I didn't, but I hope she hears those records, someday. Wherever that little girl is destined to go in her love of discovering music, I hope she gets there.