Monday, March 18, 2013

The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot

So tonight I had the urge to listen to Brand New. I used to love Brand New, they were one of my absolute favorite bands. They were one of the first bands I started listening to when I really got into finding and listening to my own music choices. I wasn't really into listening to too much music, I really liked N'sync but that was about it. As I was sitting here listening, I happened to glance up at my iTunes and saw that this cd, Deja Entendu, came out in 2003. 10 years ago. I was 13 years old.

Music has always held a special place in my heart, and certain bands and artists hold deep memories for me. I like to find lots of new music, I'm constantly listening to someone new, but I always have a select group of bands that I count as my favorites, and each one means something special to me, either reminding me of a certain year, a certain happy time or sad time, or just simply reminds me of the person I was when that particular album was my favorite.

Listening to Brand New makes me think back to the summer between 7th and 8th grade, how nervous I was that it would be my last year of middle school and I would have to start school at the huge scary high school. I think back on my sweet friends, some of whom I am still friends with today and some that I have sadly drifted apart from, but that happens as time goes on. I also listened to a lot of Good Charlotte, I loved Benji Madden, my friend Kayley and I actually hosted a birthday party for him, complete with a cake with his face on it! We don't speak too often anymore, just every few months, but she actually reminded me of this a few days ago on his birthday (March 11th).

Another band I really loved was The Format. The Format was my band in 9th grade, and that reminds me of marching band, band camp, realizing high school wasn't as terribly horrible as I thought it was going to be, crushes, fun with lots of friends, and girl scouts. Also, I loved Nate Ruess. I had a lot of crushes back then, but I think it comes with the territory of being a teenage girl. My thoughts on the band Fun. are mixed because I'm still upset by The Format breaking up. During this time I also really loved The All American Rejects. All I really need to say about this one is Tyson Ritter's eyes are beautiful. I actually fulfilled my teenage dream of seeing them last fall, they actually play at my college's homecoming. It was awesome, they played so many old songs.

After this my next big one was My Chemical Romance. This one lasted a really long time, probably two years or so, sophomore and junior year. I remember also listening to a lot of Coheed and Cambria and Thirty Seconds to Mars (and thinking Jared Leto was the most beautiful man on Earth, along with Gerard Way). This reminds me of my friends and I having these notebooks, it was a group of four of us and we would each write an entry in the notebook, and in between classes pass it off to the next person and this would go on all day. I actually still have all of the notebooks. It also reminds me of when I wore my My Chemical Romance t-shirt at least two or three times a week (don't worry, my mom washed it every time, I just really loved that shirt).

Senior year of high school I really got into musicals and theatre. I've always had too much stage fright to actually be in a musical or sing in front of people in general (unless they're my friends), but I was in pit orchestra for our high school's musicals, so I listened to a lot of soundtracks: Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, and Phantom of the Opera, to name a few. My friend Jenny and I also really got into Queen, like extremely obsessed, to the point that I don't really remember listening to much else except that.

After high school, since this is just the past five years (that's also so weird to think about!) I can kind of mesh together. The first couple of years out I really got into MGMT, Phoenix, Ra Ra Riot, Black Keys, that general genre I guess. MGMT was my favorite for a while, listening to them reminds me of Michelle and I sitting on this concrete wall in this little hippie-ish neighborhood close to us called Coventry Village and people watching, skateboarders, people playing guitar and singing, and just generally artsy people while sipping coffee on warm summer days.

Phoenix reminds me of when Michelle and I went to Lollapalooza 2010. That was the very first time my parents allowed me to go on a trip out of state with a guardian. We waited all day to see Phoenix the second night and we got so close to them , about three rows back out of the thousands of people at that music festival. The crowd was really crazy and I almost lost Michelle in it, she almost lost her flip flop (we learned to wear closed shoes at a music festival very quickly after that!) but it was probably the best show I have ever been to even to this day.

Currently, my music tastes have changed a bit again, which I think happens to everyone as they get older, but it doesn't mean I love any of my older music less. I've always loved Elvis but a few years ago I renewed my love for him. Lately I've been listening to a lot of Milk Carton Kids, Best Coast, The Avett Brothers, and She & Him. I have also discovered that I really like top 40 country, which is so far from what I would ever have listened to, or admitted to listening to even last year. One of my best friends Christina loves country and I finally gave it a chance and I now love Jason Aldean, Hunter Hayes, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, and a few more. I think more recently I've stopped caring so much about what's "cool" to listen to and what's not and now I listen to what I want to. I think that can also be applied to not just music, but my outlook on life in general. I'm definitely no rebel or anything, but I definitely don't worry as much about if people think what I do is "cool" anymore. I like that I love the 1950s, and wear red lipstick and heels during the day when no one else is really that dressed up, and that I'd honestly rather stay in and knit and watch a movie than go out and party. I know this post has turned into being a bit too long so I'll leave it here with a playlist of  a few of my favorites.

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Do you have any music like this that brings back memories from the past? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. Thanks for making it through this long post, I didn't intend on this really being this long!

Until next time darlings, Amia

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  1. Oh, thats so funny, I just got back into listening to some of my early teen music loves too - which includes Brand New. Of course, my big one with Taking Back Sunday so I've been playing them a lot too and reminding myself of those early teens too:)



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