1. Hot n Cold: the woods of Elkridge, MD
    Hiking through the woods with my boyfriend and the mutual friend who introduced us, Christmas Eve Day. Our friend was singing this song to himself and my then-boyfriend pulled me aside and told me for the first time that he loved me.
  2. Firework: The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, New York, New York
    When my cousin got married, a string quartet played this song as she and her new husband left the ceremony. I always thought it was an interesting choice.
  3. Roar: driving down Venice Blvd, Los Angeles
    I was driving home from probably my first sexually empowering encounter, and this was playing on the radio. I blasted it, windows down, far too early in the morning.
  4. Dark Horse: sitting at my old desk in Hollywood
    I was talking to a boy who was designing graphics for this music video. He would send me screen grabs of Katy's Sphinx, but I still didn't believe it was his work til I saw the video later, once it was already over between us.