I want to start a series of articles that examines my roots – to go back through my influences and try to distill some meaning by looking at where I came from. But I must confess that shit is boring on paper. To you, that is. It’s not that there isn’t interesting information there, but it really boils down to a list of things I listened to and changes in my tastes. I’m going to do some of that, but it’s going to be boiled down for the sake of brevity and sanity. Strap in, this one is going long.