Disclaimer- I have been begging for suggestions and I didn’t get any, but never fear, because the crew at Writing 101 is here to help me, and you, know a little more about me.
I have shared here before that I am huge into music, and without it, I would be insane, right now. And it’s funny that, I don’t and can’t play any musical instruments to say a life or even a ferret dying on the street. But I have always had a passion for listening to music, and today, sadly, the music on the radio has dropped in quality so bad, that even people I used to like a lot, are turning terrible. I almost cry when, someone like Ellie Goulding goes from being one of my favorite singers, to El Generico Pop Singer 101.
But I don’t want to dwell on the present, so instead, how about we get into the magical device that, allows us to move backwards in time, shall we?
I shall go back in time, where my childhood with my family was good, but my school nightmares were not even half way done. My mom used to work at the school I graduated from, as part of the cafeteria staff; she was the supervisor of the mess hall, and she did a great job. Sadly, during the summer, she also had to work and we were dragged along to spend almost the whole week at times, just being at the school. That is right, my brother and I, in summer vacation, had to still be in that school. But I had my music with me, and that is what made most of that time, super tolerable. I would have access to the library, but I didn’t like to read, so I would just go there on my own, and just listen to music on my Sony Walkman CD player. This one, had anti-skip technology, and a Bass Boost switch; this was as good as music playing technology was at the time, and I was so happy of the skipping issues to be gone.
There was a piece of music, or an entire album, that I would listen to, during that time; over and over again, every day, and this would help so much to go through those boring days at my Hell of a school. It was Green Day; their album “Dookie”. To this day, I would rank that thing on my top 10 favorite albums off all time. I remember I would always get short glimpses of the music video for the song, “Basket Case”. And back then, you didn’t have YouTube or the Internet or a service that would, allow you to view these videos all you want. You would just have to turn on MTV, and sit there, like a dumbass; and wait. And every time, I would catch the video near the end; ALL THE TIME! So when I found out the name of the song, and the album it was in, I wanted my Mom to get me this album so bad, it would hurt to ask after all the time I would beg for it. She isn’t into rock music too much, and back then, she wasn’t into us listening to it, either. But she isn’t one of those people to not be understanding; in Puerto Rico, we would always be listening to her Spanish ballads and her music to and from school. And in our house, and wherever we would go as well; because the music that was played on MTV, didn’t have as much airplay as it does now.
So once I got that album, it was burned into my mind that summer, and the fall, and winter, and then next year, and then I wanted more punk or alternative music. Eventually got into grunge after that, along with pop rock and other popular types of music during that time, along with the other albums that Green Day released. Sadly their next albums didn’t repeat the magic of that album, since now they were going for a cleaner sound, more mature content, and didn’t sound as underground or punky as they had in the past. I don’t consider them sellouts, but in reality, I consider them to be the band that made punk music into a thing to be listened to on popular radio. Blink 182, The Offspring, and other popular punk bands have Green Day to thank for this, and this is why, that album, Dookie, is the piece of music that impacted me the most.
Most importantly, this led me to listen to other kinds of rock music out there that were not just heavier, but better in their creativity. I will always love Punk, Ska, Alternative, Grunge, and the older bands from the 90s, but I’ve moved past them and I’ve grown to like my music more growly, screamier (not a word, just go with it), and musically more advanced. And for that, I will mention the 10 songs that identify me right now, as a person. I am mostly a calm person, but that doesn’t last long since I’ve always been a hyper individual. And some are songs that start slow, and then just build into these majestic pieces of heavy music which is more progressive and artistic as what I would listen when I was younger. I hope you enjoy them.
- Green Day – “Basket Case”
- Nirvana – “Come As You Are”
- Metallica -“Battery”
- DreamTheater – “The Glass Prison”
- Periphery – “MAKE TOTAL DESTROY”
- Disperse – “AUM”
- Atreyu – “Becoming The Bull”
- CombiChrist – “Never Surrender”
- DeadMau5 – “Avaritia”
- Dark Tranquility – “The Fatalist”
Let me know what you guys think of my thoughts on this, and let me know what piece of music moved or moves you today. Also if you want to share suggestions of songs you identify with, share them too. I know you might be sharing them on the Commons, but if you are not, then let me know here.