Sunday, June 27, 2010

"Without music, life would be a mistake."

Friedrich Nietzsche said that, and I couldn't agree with him more.

No matter what I'm doing, music is always involved. When I was in college, I was damaging my ears with my iPod to and from class. When I'm driving, my speakers are always on the verge of being blown out. When I'm at home and I'm cleaning or even sleeping, music is always on. Even as I'm writing this right now I'm listening to music (Vampire Weekend, if you're curious).

These general facts about myself have made me a self-proclaimed music junkie. Want me to get more specific to better prove my self-proclamation? Let me give you a few examples:

  • When I was 5 or 6 years old, my favorite song was Poison's "Unskinny Bop." I had the cassette tape and took it with me everywhere with the hopes that someone would play it for me.
  • At the Vans Warped Tour in August of 2005, I was taken to the hospital after almost suffering a heatstroke (the temperature in the mosh pit had reached over 100 degrees and I was in it for three hours). My reason for doing something so stupid? I had to see My Chemical Romance.
  • My favorite band for the past five years has been Say Anything. Since May of 2006, I have seen them in concert 14 times. The band now recognizes my best friend and I at every Philly show (even at a show in Maryland, too) and we've been pointed out in the crowd and given water when we look dehydrated.

Poison and other '80s hair metal bands (especially Def Leppard and Motley Crue) were just the start of my relationship with music. From there it switched to country, then to pop (I'll be a Spice Girls and 'NSYNC fan for life) and then to the point when I started to listen to Y100 in high school.

After my favorite radio station was taken off the air, I abandoned the radio completely and found new artists through friends and going to concerts. Now everything I listen to is discovered through the internet with the help of music blogs and getting suggestions via Twitter from bands I already listen to. There's so much music out there just waiting to be found and I'm constantly ready to find it.

Maybe now that you know a little more about me and my love affair with music, you can give what I have to say about music a fair chance (or at least not immediately deem it as garbage!).