Before starting this article I wanted to do some, some may call it pointless, research. I opened up my browser and asked the World Wide Web what the definition of music was… I got this:
1. vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.
- “couples were dancing to the music”
Not exactly satisfied with that answer I continued my search and ended up on Urban Dictionary, some things I read there were: ‘Mankinds greatest achievement’, ‘ruined by MTV’, ‘Something the world would be lost without’, but one stood out to me.
1. Indefinable by words alone. It is not only something you hear but what you feel. It is something your soul can reach out and touch. It originates from all over the world since time began. Complex or simple, fast or slow, loud or soft. It is what you feel, or it could be your method of escape or it could just keep you alive.
All music is miraculous.
So without further ado, here’s a look into the artists that have shaped me into the person I am, the bands that have offered me an escape and the lyrics that have kept me alive.
I grew up in a decent sized house with two loving parents, my mom, who at the time was a nurse and my dad, who owned a club and was a DJ. Now you’d think that because my dad was very much involved in the House, Techno, Electro scene I probably grew up with music like Dave Clarke, Vitallic and Underworld. And that is true to some extent, but my dad was also very much into bands like Nirvana, Queen and The Scabs.
To be quite honest with you I could list you over a 100 artists that have influenced me in major ways but that’d make my article way too long and way too boring. So imma just go over the most important ones if that’s alright with y’all, yo… I don’t know what that last sentence was, my brain works in weird ways.
Nirvana is the one of the only bands that I can actually remember listening to when I was young. While all of the kids in my class were busy listening to boy bands and music that was typically made for children (I’m talking Barney soundtracks here, if you have no idea who Barney is, shame on you, you can check out the majestic purple dinosaur here) I was rocking out to songs like Smells Like Teen Spirit, Polly and Jesus Don’t Want Me For a Sunbeam. I was a weird kid.
I still listen to them on a daily basis, mostly at night when I need to relax, or when I’m writing. Nirvana has a special place in my heart because it’s one of the only bands that still connects me to my dad. To this day he’s still spinning records and whenever I join him he makes sure to play the Smells Like Teen Spirit remix he has for his little girl. Thanks daddy-o!
Honestly, everybody loves Queen, even if you say you don’t, you still love them, don’t even try to deny it. How could you not get chills when Freddy belts out one of the lyrics or when Bryan pours his heart and soul into his guitar solos. One of my favorite Queen songs, and I have many, is I Want To Break Free, it’s the perfect song to jam out to, plus the music video is legend-wait for it-dary (what up Barney Stinson Reference!) Queen is a band I listen to whenever I desperately need to get shit done, they just give me that little extra push to finish my work.
My grandpa was one of the main reasons I started listening to The Beatles. When I was little, whenever I had a fight with a classmate, or something was bothering me he’d just tell me to let it be and to this day whenever I feel down I still listen to that song and it brings a smile to my face. Of course Let It Be wasn’t the only Beatles song I knew, Yellow Submarine was one of my favorites when I was a little kid and Hey Jude has a very very special place in my heart.
My grandma would be so proud for putting him in this list. I can’t count the times we danced and sang along to his songs, New York New York, is of course, a classic but also one of my favorites, so is Fly Me To The Moon, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and last but definitely not least Come Fly With Me. To this day I can still smell my grandmothers perfume and the smell of freshly brewed coffee whenever I listen to his songs. Oh the wonders of music.
I never really understood why I was obsessed with Johnny Cash. I guess I stumbled upon his music at a record store once, yes back in the day they still had record stores everywhere, bought a CD without knowing what he even sounded like and then fell in love with the emotion in his voice once I played it at home. I’m very proud of my little Johnny Cash CD collection.
Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Ed Sheeran
These are the odd ones out and honestly I can’t give you any explanation as to why these artists have influenced me as much as they have. What I can tell you is that I learned how to play guitar with Taylor’s songs. Lady Gaga is one of my queens, I know that she puts up this whole crazy front but honestly, take a look at her lyrics, that’s some deep shit bros. Eminem is basically the only artist that both my younger brother and I like and Ed Sheeran is someone I can’t thank enough for the chances I’ve been given and the things I’ve learnt. If you don’t get that last part, don’t worry, you’re not supposed to, all you need to know is that he’s very dear to my heart.
My Chemical Romance
Does this need an explanation? I don’t think so.
Pierce The Veil
Now this is not a band I grew up with, or well, I did but not as much as I have with the others. I can’t get into the reason why I started listening to them as it’s way too personal, but what I can tell you is that I can’t thank my brother enough for introducing me to their music.
So now that we’ve covered the music that shaped me into who I am today and the music that offered me an escape I guess all we really have left is the lyrics that saved me. Now not all of these have saved me, but they have had a great deal of influence on me and remind me of special times.
Sunday morning is everyday for all I care and I’m not scared. Light my candles in a daze ’cause I found God – Lithium, Nirvana
This world has only one sweet moment set aside for us – Who Wants To Live Forever, Queen
I don’t give a damn about my reputation. You’re living in the past it’s a new generation – Bad Reputation, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
And anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain. Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders – Hey Jude, The Beatles
I hate the teachers and the principal. Don’t wanna be taught to be no fool – Rock ‘n Roll High School – The Ramones
You say that you’re stuck in a pale blue dream, and your tears feel hot on my bed sheets. Drape your arms around me and softly say; Can we dance upon the tables again? – Laura, Bat For Lashes
Fine, maybe I’ll pretend right now, but I swear to God, I’m gonna change the world. And I promise you someday we’ll tell ourselves: “Oh my God this is paradise.” – Stained Glass Eyes and Colorful Tears, Pierce The Veil
I’m just a teenage dirtbag baby – Teenage Dirtbag, Wheatus
They can change the locks, don’t let them change your mind – Check Yes Juliet, We The Kings
Well, that was it for my version of Music I Grew Up With
Catch you on the flippity flip!