Have I talked about music before? Maybe, maybe not… suffice to say, music is a hugely important part of my life. Lyrics have a huge influence on me, inspiring ideas, moods, themes. As a teen (and well into adulthood) I created mix tapes because I wanted something that would have the ups and downs of a daily mood. I wanted something I could rely on… even when people disappointed, music was always there.
I’ve tried to pass along that love of music to my children. My daughter plays piano, and she sings (better than I ever did and I wasn’t bad as a youngster, before my throat went raw). I don’t get my music from my children; I give it to them. I introduced my daughter to pop punk and alternative music. She’s discovered classic rock. She is finding her own way and her own voice, and I love that, but at the same time, there’s a lot that we share.
I’m thrilled to take her to shows. We did a bunch of them a few summers ago, and now that she’s sixteen, some bands are coming to town that we both want to see (and that I promised my not!daughter that I would take her to, as well). So today I’ve obtained tickets to All Time Low (my zillionth time seeing them, Chick’s second time, and Holly’s first time) and to We Are the In Crowd, where William Beckett is opening. I saw The Academy Is… several times in concert, and Chick got to see them the last time (on tour with Kiss) before they broke up, but we’ve never seen him solo. Chick is hoping that he’ll come out to his merch booth to meet people after his set. Not because she wants to be a typical teen and yell “I LOVE YOU” but because she adores his lyrics and his music and it’s been incredibly important to her and she wants to tell him that… I treasure my kid for this. But seriously, she’s listened to his music for um… almost six years… which is a LONG TIME when you’re only sixteen!
I’m considering going to Warped Tour again this summer, partly to see We the Kings (another band I’ve seen a lot but Chick has only seen once, and it was a horrible outdoor rainy concert day when she was like ELEVEN) and partly to see Yellowcard who I have never seen. And depending on location/date, I might get lucky to see Anberlin too, who I keep missing.
I love music. It keeps me young, it creates language, and listening lets me know how people think and feel. It’s like interpretation for the soul.
So tell me: what do you listen to? Who are your favorite artists or bands, and why? What genres do you like? What do you detest or not understand? What draws you to music first (sound? pace? lyrics? tone?)? Talk to me about music and teach me something new!