Why I love Rock/Alternative Music

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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:

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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.

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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.

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my-chemical-romance-logo2Lincoln 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:

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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.

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Music Has Always Been My Rock!

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As From as far back as I can remember music has played a very integral part in my life. My mother told me the story of the day Elvis Presley died and how much she cried when the news came on.  She was holding me in her arms and I woke up and started crying too.  I was only two weeks old though so I clearly don’t remember that.

The very first song I remember is Pat Benatar’s Hit Me with you Best Shot. I have a very specific memory of walking around the house, using my mom’s hairbrush as a microphone and singing that song at the top of my lungs while my mom was folding laundry. That song, along with Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, became my theme songs especially when I was little.

My childhood was a rough one, so these songs, along with many others, helped me deal.  The lyrics were, to me, a battle cry of sorts that called for me to keep going. To fight for myself, my mother, and my younger siblings. I took these songs to heart as I trudged my way through the trenches of my young life.

madonnamusic_rockinrandommomBy the time I was six years old Madonna had emerged onto the music scene and I idolized her! I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. I loved her rebelliousness but I also loved her hair and her clothes. Madonna is the one who inspired me to want to sing. I was always singing. I started singing in the choir in the third grade.

Then of course, there was the brief crush I had on Michael Jackson at around the same time. I had his Bad album, you know, back when they were actual records to which you used a record player. As I got older and had to deal with tougher times, music became my beacon of hope; the sanctuary to which my soul could retreat when things got really bad.  TV played a huge part for me as well, but music became the backbone of my existence.

Growing up in the 80’s allowed me to explore all types of music.  I listened to Stevie Wonder, Heart, Aerosmith, The Bangles, Salt-n-Pepa, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and most important of all, Bon Jovi (Living on a Prayer still rocks my world every time I hear it)!

By the time I was in middle school New Kids on the Block had arrived on the scene and I wanted to Marry Joe Mcintyre! Sure, there was Paula Abdul, Mariah Carey, and the late Whitney Houston but I was obsessed with the five cute boys from Boston singing songs like Please Don’t Go Girl, I Will be Loving You, and Hangin’ Tough.

(This is a new song these guys put out this year)

The nineties were my high school days and the music just got better. I had started listening to Boys II Men, C&C Music Factory, Naughty By Nature, Snoop Dog, Biggie Smalls, TLC,and 2Pac. Yes, I had entered into a different genre of music but to me, if the song was good, I was going to listen to it. By my junior year I had gotten more into the grunge faze, listening to Nirvana (Kirk Cobain had coincidentally died that year), The Cranberries, Green Day, R.E.M, Depeche Mode, Smashing Pumpkins, and Meatloaf. Meatloaf’s song, I’ll Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) was one of my favorite songs during my junior year.

My early college days were filled with No Doubt, Eminem, Creed, Hootie and the Blowfish, Sarah McLachlan, Korn, and Celine Dion. Yeah, I know. My musical palette was definitely full. I even had my Frank Sinatra faze.  Anyone who has heard understands. His voice is just captivating. At least, it is to me.

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I have listened to everything from Dianna Ross to Queen; from Sweet Home Alabama to Enter Sandman; From Backstreet Boys to My Chemical Romance. When I was pregnant with Adam, I listened to classical music because I had heard that classical music was great for brain development. There is something very soothing about classical music though. These days, it goes unappreciated.

While I have listened to all sorts of music in my lifetime, my favorite genre to date is hard rock/alternative.  I think that wrestling with my demons has led me to this genre because I can relate to it. But while I have reached a new genre of music, I still get nostalgic for the old stuff. I still remember my first song. I even have it as my ringtone because as my life moves forward, so does the song.

What’s your favorite music? Let me know in the comments:)

Thanks so much for reading!

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