When I was 25, people used to say to me that having kids would change you, and I'd roll my eyes.
I do remember my first purchase: the Partridge Family's 'Greatest Hits.' I got it for $3.99 at a failed chain of pre-Wal-Mart-type stores called Jamesway. God, I'm old.
I thought I'd reached the bottom a few times, but then I'd realise there was another 30 floors of despair below that.
'Downward Spiral' felt like I had an unending bottomless pit of rage and self-loathing inside me and I had to somehow challenge something or I'd explode. I thought I could get through by putting everything into my music, standing in front of an audience and screaming emotions at them from my guts.
Laura Ingalls Wilder