There used to be a time, when I was younger, that I used to never be without a set of earphones. Any time I left the house, in they would go until I got to my destination. And even then, they would still be hanging around my neck; playing whatever was on my player. It was the only thing that seemed to get me through my day sometimes. Music
was my life back then. There didn’t seem to be anything else that I could relate to in a way that I could do with it. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t for the life of me carry a tune or play an instrument but it was still my life.
Growing up in the late 80s and 90s, I was lucky enough to hear a wide variety of different music. Music which ranged from grunge, hip-hop, bubble-gum pop, indie, and rock and roll. Some of it good, some of it not so much. It wasn’t until I managed to get a job in the infamous HMV store in our local town that my love for it really took off. I was constantly buying CDs, and pleading with the manager to let me play the music I wanted. I sometimes won, and other times, I had to endure the torture that was One Direction.
Nevertheless, I seemed to, over the past few years fell out of love with it. It may be to do with HMV closing down and not knowing the latest releases or having to listen to the all the latest drivel that’s on the radio. Working in a store like HMV, I was able to drown out most of this out with something of my own taste. When it closed I think was the turning point and when my love for it all changed.
As I stated, I was unable to keep up-to-date with all the latest releases not only music but with movies and games as well. Every time I heard of a new album or even a blu-ray it would bring me back to those 3 months between finding out we were we could possibly be closing and actually locking the doors for the last time. Working but not working, caring but not caring. It was especially worse as we were made to pack up all our own stock to send on to another store, that happened to be saved and was staying open. This was the turning point in my life for a number of reasons. But for now, let’s concentrate on the music side of things.
Because I wasn’t up-to-date with any of the new releases, especially any of the American bands that I liked, I found myself not actually liking anything new that I heard. I seemed to stick to the same old songs I knew and loved. Songs that I played over and over until I became sick of them and just stopped listening to. I think if it wasn’t for my OH and his eclectic collection of CDs, that I would probably not even listen to any music, except when in the car.
Over the past few months though I seemed to have found my love for music again; even the old stuff. With the passing of so many artists from bands that I like, Chris Cornell from Sound Garden, Chester Bennington from Linkin Park, Dolores O’Riordan from the Cranberries, I finally came to my senses; started to go back over the years to see what I had missed. There had been so many that ‘back in the day’ I would have loved and that I would have played to the death but I missed them.
It has made me realised what I have missed and, I know it sounds silly but, over the past few months, having found my love for the music again, I feel like I can face anything. I know there are a lot of people that will know where I’m coming from. When I’ve got my earphones in, it’s like there’s something comes over me, and I’m a different person. I’m a lot more confident. (Especially if I know all the lyrics.) I will admit over the years my tastes have changed and because of my partner and his random selection of music, I find I am able to listen to pretty much anything.
As long as there are lyrics that I can sing along to. It also helps if there is a good beat to it as well.
P.S. I know that this is prob not where I should have ended his post but there really isn’t much else I can say without making a massive list of all the music that I like and didn’t like, and this is not what I wanted to do. So I’m just hoping that this post will be sufficient enough to get even a few likes…. that would be AMAZING!