How I Experience Music

I’ve had a weird couple of periods with music. Growing up in the 2000s, I listened and loved pop. My high school years however consisted of hardcore emo punk rock. After a traumatic event in my life, I stopped listening or caring for music altogether. It wasn’t until I took a job a couple years ago that was an hour-and-a-half drive every day did I start to get back into it. I looked at my old playlists and realized I still cared for most of it, but I also somehow rediscovered something that I still love to this day: grunge. Nirvana is my anthem band, Three Days Grace, Sum 41, and Linkin Park are my release and Green Day will always be included. There are more, but those are the ones always listed first so I figure they’re the only ones worth mentioning for this particular post. Don’t worry, I’m getting to the point.

There are some songs that don’t fit into my favorite genre category that take me places I never thought I could be transported to (as I’m sure is the same for everybody). I’m late to the party but I’m telling you now. Most songs I hear take me back to happier times. Some songs I can’t bear to listen to because of certain painful reminders. Does what we listen to define us? Does what and who we like define us? I don’t know.

One particular song, “Take My Picture” by Filter makes me feel like I’m surrounded by music. Like, I am floating in the middle of magic and being shown more appealing surroundings and a longing for what once was. Some times it’s a sad song, sometimes it’s an upbeat song. I’m weird.

I sing out loud in the car (by myself) to songs I’ve heard all my life and know by heart. If it’s really good and I’m in the mood, air guitar and drums are included. On very rare occasions, even head-banging. I can’t sing and certainly can’t dance, but when I’m alone in the car, sometimes I pretend I can sing.

I find myself not liking the new music that is being released lately. Anything before 2013 I can hardly bare. I usually listen to 1980s-2000s music.

I feel like this short explanation is just the tip of the iceberg, but I think it’s also all you need to know about me right now.

In the meantime, enjoy this list of my favorite albums of all time (every song I love):

  • Nevermind (1991) – Nirvana
  • In Utero (1993) – Nirvana
  • American Idiot (2004) – Green Day
  • Dookie (1994) – Green Day
  • Minutes to Midnight (2009) – Linkin Park
  • One X (2006) – Three Days Grace
  • Underclass Hero (2007) – Sum 41
  • Enema of the State (1999) – blink-182
  • Get Born (2003) – Jet
  • Let Go (2002) – Avril Lavigne
  • Sixteen Stone (1994) – Bush
  • Still Not Getting Any… (2004) – Simple Plan
  • No Strings Attached (2000) – N*sync

And notable “best of” bands I love:

Seether – Breaking Benjamin – The Clash – Papa Roach – Ramones – Def Leppard – AC/DC – Aerosmith – Bowling for Soup – Foo Fighters – The Offspring – Pearl Jam – Puddle of Mudd – The Police – Stone Temple Pilots – Weezer