I saw a post a little while ago on Facebook, that apparently came from Instagram, that just inspired me. This post was originally from Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, though I saw it through an internet friend. She took the time to list fifteen songs that have shaped her into who she is today, and when I saw this, I instantly started questioning that for myself. There's so many songs that have helped get me through a lot of tough times in my life, and there's a few bands that I hold dear to my heart for similar reasons. But to name the individual songs? I have no idea.
But in light of this whole world wide quarantine, I'm finding myself hiding in my music again. I gotta tell you, the other night I spent a solid two hours or so going down a rabbit hole of related videos and discovered several bands I had never heard of. It really brought me back to my early days of loving music, and made me feel better than I have in a few days.
I don't know about you, but this whole thing is really stressing me out. The extrovert in me really isn't handling the indefinite 'social distancing' very well. Anyway, with all that in mind, having such a post crop up this morning felt almost prophetic. Okay, maybe that's a little dramatic, but I still think its fun, and this gives me something fun to do for a little while. I encourage you guys to do the same -please let me know what songs have impacted you in some way shape or form. Let's get this conversation going! It sounds like fun for all, and we all could discover some new music along the way.
All the songs I'm choosing to list really are in no order, and some are ones I consider to be my favorite songs. Some once were, but are not now. If you've been around for a while, chances are you won't be surprised by a couple of the songs on my list. I'll just go ahead and start with the two I consider to be my favorite songs. Well, two of my favorite songs. We'll be here for a while if I tried to list all my favorite songs....which I might do in a separate post just to pass some time.
The first songs I want to list are "Scars" by Papa Roach and "Bow Down" by I Prevail. I've talked about both of these songs before, and if you're on the Facebook page, you know I am extremely attached to "Bow Down." I'd go so far as to say that is my favorite song right now. I'm not going to explain that again, if you want to hear more about how those two go together for me personally, click here. I wrote a whole reflection on songs that impacted the entire last decade and I did talk about the coloration between both songs.
I actually had a hard time listing fifteen songs, if I'm honest. I listen to a ton of different bands and artists, and know for a fact that I've gone through several phases with my music. My favorite bands change every so often, and when I was younger, that was almost monthly. So there's absolutely songs that impacted me for a short period of time, hundreds probably. But the list of songs that have impacted me long term is much slimmer. When I decided to actually make my list, I came up with seven with no hesitation. All but one would not surprise anyone, I'm certain of that. The one that would surprise most people, actually in a roundabout way lead to all the others. Ironically, that's the Jonas Brother's cover of "Year 3000", which came out in 2006.
Anyone who actually knows me in person, knows I was a hardcore JB fangirl back in the day. I sometimes hate to admit it, but you know what? Its just the truth, and at least I outgrew the obsessing somewhat. Or at least evolved it somewhat. The reason though I included this song in particular though is because it was the first song I had ever heard from them. I absolutely hated it when I first heard it, but then my best friend played the music video on repeat for about an hour while we made cookies. It got stuck in my head, and I got completely hooked on them. This lasted for several years, and while I do not love their new stuff, they still hold a very special place in my heart.
In a way though, I really thank them for quite a bit. For starters, had my best friend Sara and I not been so obsessed with them, I solidly don't think we would have stayed a close as we did after she moved out of state. So there's that, but then to add to it, I actually think they're what lead me into journalism, in a sense. That wasn't the main thing, but because I was so interested in them, I spent so much time researching them as people and the lore behind their music. I even made a website back in the day, full of what I now know isn't all truthful information. Didn't know that at the time, but you learn as times go on.
But because of all that, I was already in the habit of learning about the people behind the music when I started getting into rock and metal. It was habit for many years to research and learn about the bands as I was listening to them. Even if it was only just the names of the members, I still made it a point to look into what I was listening to. I've only somewhat recently gotten out of that habit, actually. So honestly, I really do think I can thank the Jonas Brothers for leading me into where I ended up.
Which also does bring me to "Waking The Demon" by Bullet For My Valentine, as well as something by Three Days Grace. For this, I'm going to say "Break", but I definitely was already listening to them when that one came out. And surely something impacted me prior to that, but I honestly can't remember which one or if it was prior or if it was several years later.
Three Days Grace and Bullet For My Valentine are original bands for me. They're what I consider to be the first rock/ metal bands I liked, and I turned to both for comfort for quite some time. "Waking The Demon" though was 100% the first BFMV song I had ever heard, and I wanna say it was the first with any screaming in it that I liked. That's a bit of an irrelevant fact though, I suppose.
If I'm honest, I couldn't think of fifteen songs that really had a massive impact. I can think of hundreds of songs I've been attached to at some point, but not ones that really impacted me on a personal, long term level. I don't think I need to find a deep meaning for every single song, so I'll just list what I can and I hope you guys enjoy the list. And what I did explain. This actually took me a couple days to put together, just because I kept losing the motivation. This whole social distancing thing really isn't doing wonders for my mental health, but I promise I'm trying. So if you see me posting more on the Facebook page, or possibly here just for fun, that's because I am trying to be productive. I'm trying to distract myself. Which is why I encourage anyone who reads this to reach out. We can talk about anything, music related or not. Feel free to message the page. I'm here for you guys.
Thanks for joining me! Now here is the list of only nine songs. Its not the fifteen I mentioned prior, but hey, its still something. Stay tuned because I do have some light hearted ideas for other posts, and frankly, I gotta do something to keep myself occupied so I might as well put the ideas to good use. I'll talk to ya'll real soon, and once again please let me know some songs that have impacted you in one way or another. You don't have to make a whole list or anything, but I would love to hear from you.
Too long? Didn't read? Just skimmed the whole post to get to the point? Here's the list: (These are in no real order)
Scars -Papa Roach
Bow Down- I Prevail
Year 3000 -Jonas Brothers
Waking The Demon -Bullet For My Valentine
Break -Three Days Grace
Save Me -Shinedown
Stay Awake -All Time Low
Legacy -Memphis May Fire
I Won't Break -Escape The Fate
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