Ok so today I’ve decided to write about one of my favourite things in the world to me and let’s face it, most people. Music.
Music can raise so many emotions in people, even for those people who struggle to show any kind of emotion. It can be very therapeutic and as a mental health professional I’ve seen and even used music as therapy. It can make you happy, hyper, sad, angry, confident, content or anything else you could even think of.
Growing up my parents would always play CDs in the car (yes CDs, look them up). My mum would play things like Celine Dion, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Bon Jovi and Brian Adams. My dad would play Thin Lizzy, Tom Petty, Bob Segar, Jeff Beck,, Supertramp, Nick Cave and Bruce Springsteen. I grew up enjoying all of that stuff because I was brought up on it but I’ll always remember in my early teen years my best friend in school, Tony, texting me one day telling me to check out this band called Slipknot. I thought it was awful lol, noise and screaming (I’m a fan now btw). I started exploring music more from that point and really got into it. My first CD I purchased my self was Puddle Of Mudd – Come Clean, because I heard it on WWF wrestling and just needed to know what that song was, I still love that album today.
Live music to me is the best thing in the world. From the feeling of the base to the atmosphere to the complete awe you feel when the lights go down and the band is about to appear on stage. At a show I feel a huge overwhelmingness of excitement and anxiety. The moment them chords start, the drums beat and the vocalist shouts something like “How you doing Orlando!!!” Or where ever you’re from lol, I just lose myself completely. I even try to meet the bands just to tell them how awesome they are if I can, I’m a complete nerd I know. I have kept every ticket I’ve ever had and keep them all in a book so I can look back on it.
I’m into all kinds of music. Rock, Metal, Punk, Country, Hip-Hop, and some Reggae. My favourite is rock and metal for many reasons. A lot of people say it’s just noise and screaming but those people never just sit down and just listen. It’s created from real life situations, influences and pure emotion. Yes sone bands can scream a lot but that’s because it’s part of the emotion to a song. A rock and metal album will have a mix of anger, joy, sadness and pure adrenaline. Most pop music is about hooking up with girls, dancing and how great life is and even when it is a ballad most songs released by pop artists are written by someone else. Rock and metal is the band in a room writing lyrics of how they’re feeling and writing and perfecting the music for the song. It’s not like Justin Bieber who gets handed the lyrics and the music already ready to go, they work damn hard.
Music is amazing no matter who you are or what you’re into, you love it, you have a favourite artist or song. From a personal note my favourite artists right now who I would completely recommend is Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, I Prevail, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Papa Roach and Pearl Jam. I could write on this subject all day so I’m going to leave it here. Listen to your radio, music collection and definitely go to shows. Enjoy this amazing gift we’ve all been blessed with regardless of genre or style. Turn it up and sing along.
Song of the day: Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody