Music of Life’s Past (Part 1)

Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of “older” music, except for Foster the People and some others. When I say older, I mean to say music that is either older than me, makes me feel old/young, or from artists that have been a part of my life for quite some time. I’ve been thinking how I’ve grown with some of these musicians or how I might have slightly lost some interest in them or they were pushed to the side because some newer artist caught my eye (forgive me for somewhat kicking you to the curb).

Just yesterday, Refused's fb page posted a status asking everyone what their favorite song was. I didn't think about it too long, but I feel that “Rather Be Dead” is probably my favorite Refused song. “New Noise” is how I got into them and is probably their most mainstream song that can be heard in movies and video games and all, but “Rather Be Dead” moves me differently and has a stronger meaning/message behind it.

For the past two nights, I’ve been listening to Incubus' Light Grenades to help me go to sleep (don’t judge my choices of music to fall asleep to). While flipping through the album booklet, I realized that it came out in 2006- five years ago. Five years?! And they just released their latest album last week, I believe. I was in the 8th grade when Light Grenades came out, and now I’m about to be a sophomore in college. I can’t say what my truly favorite Incubus song is, but for now I’ll say “Dig”. I’d have that song on repeat for so long, I’m surprised that I didn’t somehow wear out the cd. First song that I head from these guys? Most likely “Drive”. I played that song a lot too. I remember watching the music video often as well and always staring at Brandon Boyd’s red tattoo (that I now know is of a koi fish, thanks to the internet when I was 12) because I was seriously mesmorized by its design. Another fun fact about Incubus is that I use to always confuse them with Hoobastank when I was younger; I’m guessing that I thought the lead singers looked similar and they had a similar sound. Once I finally got my glasses in 7th grade, that confusion ended because obviously Brandon Boyd is a more beautiful being. Anyway…

The other day, I was listening to Pet Shop Boys. I went from only knowing “West End Girls” as a child to owning their Discography: The Complete Singles Collection album. Now, I can’t really call myself a true, hardcore fan because I don’t own all of their albums or anything, but when I do hear one of their songs, I get pretty excited. Favorite song? “Being Boring” for sure. It’s a feel good song and makes me want to have a snazzy party with all of my friends (see the video and understand). Unless my dad is hiding any other albums of theirs besides the “West End Girls” single, this is all I own in the world of Pet Shop Boys. Hearing their music makes me wonder why I wasn’t born in the ’80s…

Lucy Pearl. ”Who is that?” you may ask. Well, they were a short-lived R&B ”supergroup”, composed of Raphael Saadiq (Tony! Toni! Toné!), Dawn Robinson (En Vogue), and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest). Their most popular song is “Dance Tonight”, which most people remember being played in the film Love & Basketball. They only had one album, so you can only judge them from that, but their self-titled album is one of my favorites. I seriously wish that they would’ve put out at least one more album. They had good chemistry, in my opinion. My favorite song out of their 15? “Remember The Times”. It reminds me of my youth, not necessarily saying that everything in that song is exactly reminescent of my childhood. It does make me think of going to my grandma’s house too. Why didn’t they put out another album?! There was so much quality on that one album. They even were nominated for a Grammy for their most popular song. Thank God Raphael Saadiq still makes music so I can just listen to his voice forever, not that the others don’t make music still. Raphael just has a wonderful voice period, so he could sing in any group or be solo (as he is currently) and still be fine with me. I just really like Raphael Saadiq. Anyway…

I think I’ll end this right here for now and make a part two later, for anyone who cares anyway.

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