Growing up, my family would always have Friday morning breakfast together. Everyone had to wake up in time for breakfast, no excuse. I never complained much because I enjoyed the food and more importantly, I enjoyed the weekly ritual my dad and I would follow. We would sit with the paper and trade pages one at a time. I would save Rising Stars, and later SHOUT, from the week to read during Friday morning breakfasts. I'd highlight the songs from the mixtape, giggle at the horoscopes which often made no sense to me and stare at the beautiful illustrations to understand the messages they may contain. I still have cutouts of some of my favourite cover illustrations.
As I write my first editorial on SHOUT, I feel a little nostalgic, and might I say maybe even a little proud of myself for getting here. A little part of me feels excited every time I get to read an article before it gets published. After all, what can be better for a fan than to have the privilege of reading an issue before it's even published?