I feel so free, so inexplicably alive when I listen to Incubus! The lyrics continuously swim around in my subconscious, and twirl together like alphabet soup, even when I have since long turned off the music. When aggravation strikes me; when life gets me down; when I am undeniably happy; Their music is a compliment or solution to the woes and throes of life! I can not say I was a fan from day one, because their was a point in my life I only listended to music that people around me listened to. I grew up in NYC, Brooklyn to Harlem by way of queens, so all I grew up listening to was rap, or old school R&B. I wasn't aware of any other type of music. The first song I ever heard was Drive, and it happened when I was looking for something to watch on TV. I happened to stop on MTV, and the video came on! I was so hooked! I thought what is this and why do I like it. From then on I was just a here and there fan; I never knew any other songs from the album. College came around in the Spring semester of 2007! A friend of mine and I had got to talking about music, and I mentioned Incubus, and he got excited. He had bought Light Grenades, and lent it to me to listen to. I was so hooked, but it wasn't until 2009 that I let go, and just all at once bought everything incubus related off of Itunes! It was like taking a hit of some pretty potent stuff, because when I just hit shuffle and the first track blared into my ears at decibals that could burst your ear drum easily, my pupils dialated! "If I hadn't made me, I would have been made some how, if I hadn't assembled myself, i'd fallen apart by now." I was hooked. The words to Make Yourself really inspired me! At this time how ever I was facing an unplanned pregnancy and couldn't go back to school like I had planned! I got a positive pregnancy test and all I could do play Warning, and I pressed repeat. I cried because I really didn't want life to pass me by. My Boy friend wasn't thrilled and began to act as if I had done something terribly wrong to his life. "You Only think about yourself, You only think about yourself, You better bend before I go, on the first train to Mexico." Thats exactly how I felt. Incubus made my life at the time easy to cope with. In September of 2009 it was time to give birth to my daughter. What a tumultuous time! I had no idea what was about to happen to my body. Through Seering Pain, and something that words can not describe, I had to birth a baby? Exhausted, because sleep would not come through the epic amount of back labor I was having. I could hear and focus on "Further down the river, Further down the river." Finding inner strength and some sort of Zen in those moments! I had gone through so much in such a short time. Facing numerous crisis, and coming to points where I didnt know how I would make it.I always had a constant and unchanging friend in Incubus! Their music provided the words of encouragement and advice I needed. Now in 2012 I am a bigger fan than I had ever been. Seeing them at the bamboozled festival; then craving to know more about them, what are they working on, what are they doing? I came upon Incubus HQ. I found a whole internet community of peole who loved incubus as much and even more than me. I found out about the Civic tour, and how heir foundation auctions off Meet and greets, and I knew I had to see them again! Last friday August 17th sealed it with a fancy wax seal! Meeting Incubus made me feel so proud to be their fan! They are so warm, kind, and funny! I still can not believe it! I got to hug them, and shake their hands! I hate to attempt to describe an indescribale moment, but it was something like meeting your best friends! They are unequivocally the most amazing band! Their talent together as well as seperately in my opinnion is unmatched! I absolutely love Incubus, and their music means the world to me. I am extremely lucky to have them in my life!!