Yes I’ve always had a love for music. Those close to me know my taste in music and are always shocked what I want to share with them. It’s actually pretty funny!!
My attention to music began around 5th grade. I was taken by “Saturday Night Fever”, “Grease”, and all the musical films. I even took up the clarinet for two years in elementary. I loved my clarinet. I loved going to the music store to buy reeds. Wow, I was a musician!
Fifth grade included the popular 80’s music of the time. Duran Duran, Howard Jones, Madonna, U2, INXS, Frankie goes to Hollywood, English Beat, WHAM….This was also the same time MTV broke out! Video watching was my past time. You not only got to see your favorites sing, their fashion, but learn dance moves too. My room was covered with Duran Duran. Unfortunately, I never did get to see them in concert but it didn’t stop me from being loyal.
But as with stages in my life, when my Mom and Dad began their decline to divorce, my music became dark. I was also influenced. So at the turn of 6th and 7th grade, I started listening to heavy metal. I remember buying a Motley Crue t-shirt at a swap meet and being proud to wear it. A rebel I thought I was! I started distancing myself a bit from certain friends and found myself with new ones. The t-shirt I wore had a pentagram on it. I had no idea what it was. Just thinking it was a design. I can’t remember how I found out later or someone told me. My mom didn’t take it from me either so in my mind I guess I thought it’s ok then! Not sure she knew what it was.
My interest in music stayed this way all through high school.
I had cassettes of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, RATT, Skid Row, Pantera, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Megadeth,…I’m sure there was more heavy metal bands I had but I can’t remember! I also attended just about every concert that would come into town. It was like a badge of honor to collect ticket stubs. Yes I still have them.
The influence of this music was also due to the type of boyfriend I had in High School. Unfortunately, at a time where I really needed parental/spiritual guidance, I found myself being very needy of someone’s attention at no matter the cost.
I had much freedom from the music I purchased, clothes I wore, concerts I attended, people who I associated with, time, etc.
Around my senior year, by the help of some very kind friends, I did very well my senior year in order to place myself in good college entry courses. My maturity brought a bit of change in music too. I was interested in Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Beastie Boys, to name a few.
In 1993 is when I met my husband to be. He couldn’t have been more different than what I was “accustomed to”. We had mutual friends and that’s how we met. He came from a disciplined family, attended Catholic school, and graduated from university. We often went to dance clubs with family and friends. We enjoyed our fun with the sound of Heavy D, Boyz II Men, and whoever else was being played in the clubs. Can’t say it stuck with me but I did enjoy dancing! To this day, we still are an odd music bunch!
I had a short affair with country music. I still am a fan of George Strait, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill. And of course, Johnny Cash.
After a pilgrimage to Italy in 2006, an awareness to global music was found. I right away found interest in European artists who sang mainly in their native tongue. I found that I could get a radio feed from here and listen music from anywhere . With the help of iTunes, I started downloading artists such as Pino Daniele, Jamiroquai, Negramaro, Jovanotti, Laura Pausini, to name a few. It made me feel connected to other parts of the world.
In finding spiritual music, I found chant music to the most reverent when I want to go to that prayerful place. My playlists include Cysterian Monks, Poor Clares, and Gregorian. I am not a fan of Christian popular music that is too loud or blaring. If you want to me to think about my relationship with Jesus it shouldn’t be like the pop music over the radio. That’s just my opinion.
If you listen, there are many artist who give glory to God. U2 is one of my favorites!
Music will always be a way out for me to an emotional place!
St Cecilia, pray for us! +++