The other day my mom asked me why I liked music so much. Five times, because I couldn’t hear her over the very thing blasting through my earbuds. I unplugged and tried to explain. For me, music is a way to express myself, both by listening to it and making it. Plus I love the band members themselves. They’re inspiring to me, and I look up to them a lot. My favorite band is Green Day, and I listen to others like All Time Low, Pierce the Veil, Of Mice&Men, Panic! at the Disco, and of course…The Beatles.
Brendon Urie, of Panic!, is particularly inspiring to me, because as a teenager he worked at a smoothie cafe to make enough money to pay the rent for his band’s practice space. He also grew up in Nevada, like me, so I can definitely relate. Green Day is another example. Who knew that three kids from Berkeley, California would grow up to become one of the biggest and most successful bands ever? Their stories give me hope for my own future, having proved that if you really put your mind to it you can accomplish anything.
I also like to play a lot of the same type of music on guitar, which I’ve taught myself to play since sixth grade. Oh, and concerts are the coolest thing ever. I saw Green Day live this year and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Seeing your favorite band that you’ve idolized since who knows when, right in front of you, is one of the most amazing. Music is one of the most important things in my life, because of it’s therapeutic yet stimulating effects it has on me and countless other teens. (For example, playing my guitar to unwind after a long day of studying.)
In grown up speak, according to Psychology Today, “Music also plays a large role during this time period as teenagers generation after generation identify with artists and musical styles that reflect their identity as individuals and as a generation.” And “Parents across the decades lament the types of music their children listened to. In the last 100 years, it was jazz, then big band, rock n’ roll, funk, electonic music, rap, and hip-hop. Generation after generation, parents have complained about the “noise” their children listen to, refusing to understand or listening to ‘that music.’” My parents aren’t necessarily on board with the whole punk rock boy band thing, but sometimes I’ll play guitar with my dad and try to bridge said generational gap.
Overall, I love music because I can totally identify with the things that these artists sing about, and it’s nice when you can completely just jam out at the same time because of how good the song is.