I find the psychological aspect of teens/college students loving music and feeling it's so important to the point of being obsessive really interesting. Think about Beatlemania, Elvis, N'Sync/boy bands. Why are we so obsessed? Is it because it's a point in our lives where we desperately need something to relate to and someone to show us we aren't alone? Teens are known to feel like no one understands them, so maybe music is the thing they cling to for emotional support besides their friends. I used to spend hours on iTunes going through the recommendations and similar bands that showed up on all my favorite bands, and then I would go to the similar artists from those bands, and so on. Before I knew it, three hours had gone by and I found a bunch of new things to listen to.
For some reason, I'm pickier nowadays and I have no idea why. It seems that there is a window for when you are very open and susceptible to new music. I'm sure this isn't true for everyone, but it's just something I've noticed in myself and others around me. And I've always liked the experience of discovering music myself as opposed to someone pressing something on me that they love. I know that can come off as "hipster" or something, and I assure you it's not. I don't need to find something that no one else knows about or anything. I just don't like people pressuring me to listen to something. It's annoying. The same goes for movies. If you're going to tell me 50 times that I need to see this movie, then I'm not going to want to. Instead, invite me over and put the movie on. I will watch it.
My favorite genres are indie/folk rock, ska, and oldies (swing, doo wop, etc.). I have three top favorite bands, which are Page France/Cotton Jones (they started as Page France, then started Cotton Jones as a separate band later on), Peter and the Wolf, and The Aquabats. I listen to just about everything, though. I know people hate that statement and it's very generic and vague, but it's very true for me. The only things I really can't stand are country, metal, and certain types of rap. Those are the only things that make me want to tear my ears off. Some of the bands/artists I love are: Led Zeppelin, The Toasters, Glenn Miller, Johnny Cash (And yes, I know he can be considered country by some people, but when I talk country, I mean Brad Paisley and Garth Brooks kind of country. I feel Johnny Cash is more rockabilly, blues, and folky), Weezer, Mindless Self Indulgence, Violent Femmes, Flight of the Conchords, Spice Girls, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Nirvana, The Beatles, Architecture in Helsinki, White Stripes, Reel Big Fish, Disney music, Good Charlotte, Queen, She & Him, Justin Timberlake, and so much more. I love all kinds of music and all the moods they can bring.
I don't really believe in "growing out" of music. I still enjoy things that I listened to when I was a kid or a teenager. It's reminiscent, nostalgic, and fun. Of course I'm aware that some of it isn't particularly amazing or good, but it was a part of me at some point in my life and it sticks around now. It molded me in some way, even if I'm not sure what way that was. This doesn't mean that there are some bands that I just stopped listening to because they were just too awful. I'm looking at you, Senses Fail and Funeral For A Friend. But yeah...I still belt out to N'Sync and Spice Girls in my car occasionally, as well as Disney songs. I was on a Frozen soundtrack kick for the last week or two, but now I'm just full-on Aquabats since I'm going to be seeing them live! I'M BEYOND EXCITED FOR THIS. I love that they are mainly ska, but also have a lot of different sounds as well. Plus they're just silly.
As for playing music, I have been playing music since I was in the fourth grade, so about 9 years old. I was playing the flute in the school band, and did so for 4 years up until high school when I stopped. When I was 13, I started getting into rock music and decided to learn the guitar. Luckily, my band teacher was nice enough to teach me the basics. I would bring my guitar in sometimes and he would teach me chords. Other than that, I learned on my own via guitar tabs online. I love tabs because they make it so much easier to learn how to play. I can read sheet music, but I hate doing it with the guitar. I started writing my own music a little while after I started learning.
My cousin Ashley and I had a couple of music endeavors. We had a band with one of my friends in high school, but we didn't really play anywhere except at school functions. That band ended up phasing out, and then Ashley and I just kind of did our own acoustic stuff. We recorded some songs on her laptop, but never did anything in a professional sense. I have also wrote things on my own. I mostly write lyrics and then end up becoming frustrated when I can't produce the music to it that I hear in my head. That's the hardest part for me. I hear something a certain way in my head and I can't translate it to the instrument.
About five years ago, I decided to buy a ukulele. I don't remember exactly why, but that's around when I got into The Boy Least Likely To and they are pretty whimsical so that could be it. Anyway, I bought a uke and named it Henry. I named it after one of the main characters in my favorite book, The Time Traveler's Wife. It's funny because he is a librarian. :)
I learned ukulele very fast. It's easier than guitar since it's only 4 strings and it's also just easier to play in general since it's smaller, especially if you have smaller hands/fingers like I do. I like that it's smaller. It makes it easier to carry around. I got a cute tweed case for it too to keep it protected. Mine is the smallest kind, which is called the soprano ukulele. There's also concert, tenor, and baritone. They even have electric acoustic ukuleles that can be plugged into amps! Chris has one of those, but his is a tenor uke. I also took a piano class in college, but since I haven't practiced since, I'm pretty rusty with it.
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