So, what made me gravitate towards the rock/alternative music genre? Well I suppose it started in high school when Green Day and Nirvana made their debut, though to be technical, they were considered Grunge and Punk Rock back then. So my first step towards Alternative music actually started in the Grunge and Punk Rock genres. Rock, on the other hand, has always been a part of my life. As I mentioned in my last post, it’s been there from the beginning with the late, great Elvis Presley.
High school, for most of us, is about figuring out who we are but also about rebelling and Grunge/Punk Rock music was, as we use to say, “all that and a bag of chips.” These bands seem to get us. We bitched about everything from parents, to the opposite sex, to homework. If it bothered us, we bitched about it. I remember Green Day‘s Basket Case was about just that:
Then there was Nirvana. Oh Nirvana! I was actually introduced to them through a boyfriend. In fact, he was so obsessed with them I remember coming to meet him outside one of his classes and a friend of his had come to warn me that he was having a bad day because, “didn’t you hear? Kurt Cobain died! He killed himself!” Well, in fact I hadn’t heard about it and it was indeed sad news. So, I did what any good girlfriend would do. I gave him some space that day then went home and made him a mixed tape of the best Nirvana songs to give to him the next day. While listening to the songs, I started to like the band. Smells Like Teen Spirit was and still is my favorite Nirvana songs. As a teenager, I was always feeling alone and unwelcome in my own home. I always felt out of place in school, at church, everywhere. So, of course I would gravitate towards Nirvana. Most of the Rock/Grunge bands back then talked about things that most teenagers felt: Feeling out of place, being bored, and being misunderstood.
Now, because I had also listened to other music genres, I didn’t favor all grunge/punk rock bands but I did find my way back to them on and off over the years. I have listened to The Offspring and branching off, have listened to My Chemical Romance. In fact, with My Chemical Romance, I bought their The Black Parade CD and listened to it so much that at some point, the CD got scratched and I couldn’t listen to it anymore. My favorite song on that CD is Famous Last Words. While in the throws of my PTSD, this song got me.
Lincoln Park and Papa Roach led me into yet another direction just slightly off another beaten path, of the already beaten path. With their mix of hard rock and rap, I fell in love with these two bands. Every time I hear that these two bands are bringing out a new album, I go straight to iTunes and pre-order their music, waiting excitedly for the next song to show up in my library. With Lincoln Park, their songs, for me, dealt mostly with family or people in my life who have hurt me. It always seemed that with my family I had to wear a mask and be someone I’m not. I got so good at hiding myself that even my closest friends didn’t really know me. Their song, Numb really hit the nail on the head:
Papa Roach is one band that I have listened to over and over again. With their music I battle my demons. We all have our inner darkness that we must struggle with and bands like Papa Roach, Red, and Skillet are my favorite ones to listen to when I need to battle the demons within. They recently released a new album and the best song on their is War Over Me. This song is about exactly what I mentioned about battling your demons. Instead of writing the lyrics, I’m just going to leave you with their YouTube song. They don’t have an official video for this song yet but if you listen to the lyrics, you will understand why I love this band.