So, I want to talk about something most of you probably will not give two shits about, you know what? It was something very important in my life, and I want to have a nostalgia moment.
Thanks to MTV using a very clickbait-y title that was partly false, it was brought to my attention that the Jonas Brothers' debut album came out 10 years ago today.Now I'm sure most of you are going, "Why are you talking about this? You talk about rock music, and that's about it. Nobody likes the Jonas Brothers."
Well....I guess its time I came clean about this, though I've talked about it before somewhat. Deep breath in here, now....I was once a hardcore Jonas Brothers fangirl.
I know, I know, I pride myself on not fangirling, but hey, I was a young teenager once too, and I think getting so obsessed with them and their work is kind of what lead me to where I am today.
It all started when their debut album, Its About Time was fairly new still. I wanna say it probably was less than three months old, but I could be dead wrong about that. I was thirteen years old, hanging out at my friend's house, and she wouldn't stop playing this insanely high pitched little boy.
IT WAS DRIVING ME NUTS. I actually remember looking at the CD and going, "I like the way they look, but this sucks. Turn it off."
After asking my friend repeatedly to turn it off, she finally did turn it off. We then went into the kitchen to start making cookies. As I'm getting stuff out of cupboards to begin baking, she turns on the TV so we had something to watch while we baked. I all the sudden hear "Year 3000" start. I had already heard the song at least three other times, among other songs on the album so I remember groaning and going, "REALLY? Dude, turn it off. I don't want to keep listening to them."
I didn't win that fight, instead that one video was played on repeat for the next hour or however long we were in the kitchen. By the time she finally turned that off, it was stuck in my head, and I had to get it out.
So I gave in and decided to turn it on for myself. I couldn't work her CD player, and had to ask her to turn it back on.
This set me up on a very interesting road. The fangirl life. Now most people are familiar with the fangirl life, and I had the whole nine yards. Trying and failing to get tickets every chance I got, buying all the merch I could, subscribing to magazines just so I could get posters, defending them to no end, learning every fact I could, ect.
I'm not embarrassed of it, I will still defend them, and I do this day still have two Jonas Brothers posters up in my room. One is from when I saw finally saw them in 2009, and the other is their Rolling Stone cover from like 2007. Or whatever year they were on it, I've forgotten. I still genuinely enjoy their music, and probably always will.
They did a lot of good for me, which is actually why I'm talking about this. Not only did they play a big factor in how my best friend and I stayed close after she moved out of state, but they made me have an interest in the people behind the music. Did I take it too far for a while? Most definitely. But you know what? It was fun! I see no problem in fans being a little too obsessed, as long as they're not hurting anyone.
Yes, it can go too far, and then it gets dangerous for the person that's being obsessed over, but it sometimes is all harmless fun. It also can teach you something. Its hours upon hours of smiling, and singing along to songs, or doing research because you got curious about something regarding whoever it is. In a way, at least for me, it brought some life to the people behind the music. Before that period in my life, I don't remember ever really thinking, "Hmm...I wonder what inspired that song?" or an artist's interests.
Before I got really into the Jonas Brothers, music was just....there. The people who made it didn't really cross my mind much, and I can't tell you why not. I also can't tell you why I wanted to learn more about them as people -I just did.
Researching 'facts' about them, that may or may not have actually even been real lead me to wondering similar things about other bands. Suddenly musicians were real people to me, not just something that made a song exist.
It became normal to me to want to know something about a band when I discovered them. And I think wanting to know more about the people behind the music is partly what lead me to music journalism.
So for that, and many other things, I will forever appreciate the Jonas Brothers and just wanted to reflect on this old ass album. It was never my favorite one by them, I honestly would say the second one is my favorite, but I appreciate it. I have good memories connecting to it, and all the work that followed it.
The fangirl life is a lot of fun, and can be very helpful, so if you or someone you know is hardcore obsessed with something, let them have it. It could lead them to great things, and even if it doesn't, so what? We need fun things in our lives, without them life would fucking suck.
I'm done reminiscing for now, so thank you for reading, and please feel free to join in. Talk about something you look back on fondly that you once were into or this album as well! I know there's plenty of JB fans out there, so come on out of that wood work. I'm a Jonas Brothers fan, and I am proud.
I am what I am, I can't help myself, and if you don't like it, better get with someone else. I'll never change, its not a phase -this is who I am and this is how its gonna stay.
Yes, that was a JB reference. Embrace it, and I will be back soon with another random post like this, a biography, review, something!
Also, how ironic is it that I wrote this while wearing a Bring Me The Horizon shirt and We Came As Romans paused in the background? I don't know why I felt like mentioning that, I just did. Its funny how much things can change over time, but yet it all started really back then.
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