March Photo Challenge: Day 5: Smile

“ Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there”.  Old Saying

Look at those girls up there. Those are my soul-mates.

My cousin Ashley ( the blonde in the black shirt) who I have known my entire life, growing up we would spend our entire summer’s together. She married her high school sweetheart, and a year ago this month gave birth to my Godson! My best friends Hayley (red shirt) and Christy (white shirt dark hair) who I met in 6th grade. Growing up we spent more time in each others homes than our own. These are the sisters I got to choose. My other sister I got to choose is my cousin Alice, but she is not pictured.

I remember this particular day, like it was yesterday. It was over 10 years ago. It was at the last ever concert for Marvelous 3 before they broke up. Marvelous 3 was a great local Atlanta band, who’s lead singer was Butch Walker. It was the first concert we all got to go to without our parents. A few of us got fake tattoos, and a few of us flirted with boys. But the important thing was that we got to say goodbye to one of our collected favorite bands, together.

Since this moment captured in time, our lives have all changed. Three of us are married (hint, its not me yet), two of us have babies. We all live in different places, although coincidentally enough for at least a few months all three of them are going to live in South Georgia. We no longer have the same taste in music, but we still have our friendship. No matter how far away on of us might choose to move. And we always will.

Here is the song the Marvelous 3 is probably most famous for. They broke up because their record contract was ruining their friendship.

This is one of my favorite songs by M3, it is sung here by Butch Walker. I couldn’t find a good enough recording of it live from M3. And before you start, why yes, that does sound a lot like the Mott the Hopple, David Bowie written song all the young dudes. Mr. Bowie is listed as co-singwriter on the album.

I think that each of us has a band that takes us back to our formative years. For me it is M3 and Butch Walker. Who is it for you?