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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday was an audio freebie, meaning it could be anything related to audio. I tried to make it relate to books, but the truth is I don’t listen to audiobooks (though I really should). So then I tried to make a top 10 of bands or songs. But that proved rather impossible as well…
So why not give you a little bit of everything and give you 10 music-related facts about me? Because other than books, I also really, REALLY love talking about music!
1. I don’t have a musical bone in my body
I love music. So, so much. But I have to stick to listening to it because I can’t make music to save my life. I had a few classes to learn music notes in highschool and even a whole year of it when I tried to study to become a school teacher. I SUCKED. I can’t read notes, I can’t sing and I can’t play even the simplest of instruments. Needless to say, I totally failed that class. I also stopped that study and switched to marketing. I’m not saying it’s the only reason. But I’m also not saying it had nothing to with it.
Anyway, lesson learned: keep my singing to the car and the shower.
2. My musical tastes are all over the place
I can’t stick to one favorite genre. I appreciate so many. One day will be rock day. The next will be super poppy. The next I’ll listen to only Disney soundtracks. Some days I go back to the 90’s. Some days I only listen to the Hamilton soundtrack… I think it’s because I grew up with a dad who is into hard rock and a mom who is into pop and ballads. Best of both worlds! It also means I don’t have any guilty pleasure music. If I love a song, I love it and I have no shame!
But I still tend to gravitate mostly to rock. Even if I love listening to everything, most of my all-time favorites end up being some kind of rock. That includes hard rock, punk, pop punk, hardcore, emo, power pop, gothic metal, indie rock – whatever. If it includes a guitar, I’m usually in.
4. I have a bass clef/music note tattoo on my wrist
When I was in college, I was going through a bit of a rough patch. My social anxiety was peaking, I felt lonely and I was down most of the time. It is in that period that I turned to music A LOT. I discovered so many bands that are still my favorite to this day. I started going to live shows and discovering the beauty of that. In a way, music is what got me through that period. So in honor of that, I got the tattoo on my wrist – to remind me that I’m never really alone and when I’m feeling really down and out, I can always rely on music.
5. I just got out of ‘The Great Music Slump of 2010-2015’
Sometimes I feel like my music taste is still stuck in the mid 2000’s and I will be one of those super annoying, bitter people who think there is no great music anymore – and the music from their generation was the best. It’s just that I LOVED so many bands back then and I haven’t discovered any new good bands in the last few years.
BUT this year I’ve been actively scouring the internet for new bands and have been asking around for recommendations. So that way I (re)discovered some old and new bands and a whole new world has been opening up for me. These bands are making me feel excited about music again and officially got me out of that slump!
And the entire Hamilton soundtrack:
6. This song is being played every.single.day for the last 3 months
“Scream until there’s nothing left
So sick of playing, I don’t want to anymore
The thought of you’s no fucking fun
You want a martyr I’ll be one
Because enough’s enough, we’re done
You told me think about it, well I did
Now I don’t wanna feel a thing anymore
I’m tired of begging for the things that I want
I’m over sleeping like a dog on the floor
Imagine living like a king someday
A single night without a ghost in the walls”
7. I am a live show junkie
I love going to live shows. It sometimes feels like an addiction, like it’s been too long since my last live show and I am CRAVING a new one.
Some of my favorite concert experiences to date:
The one with the first time shivers
- Underoath (2006): Seeing this band live during Taste of Chaos was the first time I ever got ‘the live show shivers’. When in the middle of one of their songs the band stopped playing and singing and the entire crowd started singing the lyrics. It was the first time I ever saw something like that and felt like I was home in a crowded venue.
The one with the London and the friends
- Linkin Park (2010): I’ve been a fan of these guys since I was 14-15 years old, but for some reason they never seemed to come to Belgium. So my friends and I booked a weekend in London when they were playing the O2 Arena and IT. WAS. AMAZING. I got to see my favorite band, with my favorite people and got to discover London for the first time.
The one with the nostalgia
- Backstreet Boys (2014): (Hah, from Linkin Park to BSB – that’s how I roll). When I was 10-13 years old I was a major Backstreet Boys fan. To this day I still know all their major hits by heart. And a few years ago they did a reunion show in Belgium and I went with my two best friends from kindergarten and we just sang along to every single song. It was blessedly nostalgic and amazing. No shame!
The one with the miracle
- Fall Out Boy (2015): I was standing near the back of the concert hall because I wanted a better view (it was a small hall, so the view was still perfect). Halfway through the set, the guys leave the podium (except for Andy) and all of a sudden reappear right behind where I was standing to do a few accoustic songs. I’ve never been so close to any band, especially one I love so much as Fall Out Boy, so this whole experience felt a bit surreal.
8. I prefer concerts over festivals
I love both, but if I can choose, I prefer a concert. The atmosphere is just so much better. Every single person there is there because they LOVE the exact same band you do. Everybody there knows all the lyrics and everybody there is just as excited as you are and that provides such a unique and comforting environment. It makes me feel like home.
While festivals are cool because you can discover so many bands in one whole day, while eating all the food (also important), the atmosphere feels slightly less welcoming to me. The few bands I’ve been lucky enough to see both at a festival and in concert, I always prefered in concert.
9. The first dance song at my wedding was by Ed Sheeran
When I first got the album ‘X’ by Ed Sheeran I listened to it non-stop. As soon as I heard the song ‘Thinking Out Loud’, I thought to myself “If I ever get married, this would be the perfect first dance song”. And about 1,5 years later, it was.
Also, Ed Sheeran is currently number one one my ‘hope to see live one day’ wishlist. <3
10. I made a playlist of my all-time favorites on Spotify.
It has 185 songs on it, each and every one special to me and though it’s a crazy, chaotic list, I feel like it’s the best representation of me there is. If my life and soul had a playlist, this would be it: