Writing 101: Is This the Real Life…
I listen to a wide range of music, so picking only three songs that I think is important to me was like a parent picking their favorite child. But here are three songs that I can’t live without.
3. “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys.
I remember hearing the Beastie Boys for the first time in during middle school. The first song I heard from them was Intergalactic. Actually it was the music video and the easy lyrics that came with it. I learned the words to that song and went on to discover their older albums. That’s when I stumbled upon Sabotage. The first couple of seconds of that song had my heart pumping and once those drums started I couldn’t feel anything but pure energy. The video is like a 70’s cop drama with each member sporting a porn-stache, they were known for their costume wearing music videos. Now I have to listen to that song whenever I’m about to hit the gym or go on a mud run or feel the need to get hyped up.
2. “Separate Ways” by Journey.
The first time I heard Separate Ways I didn’t think nothing of it. The first think that I thought of was “that keyboard sounds pretty cool.” but that was about it. Until my cousins and their parents moved closer to where I lived. That whole family has musical talent. Lead by my uncle, my cousins can play piano, drums, guitar, and bass. A family band. So one day they start playing Separate Ways and I’m thinking man it just sounds so better live, but they were missing a singer. My uncle asked if I knew the song and I said yeah I’ve heard of it. Then he asked me to sing it. Well for 1. I can’t sing for shit and 2. I don’t know the words. My cousin pulls up the lyrics from his phone and says here now sing it and of course I say I can’t sing, I don’t want to sing. So now they’re begging me telling me they need me to sing so they can keep the beat and rhythm with each other. After a couple of minutes I caved in. I part of me was embarrassed to do it, but another part of me wanted to have a moment of becoming part of a band. So I sang it and I sucked at it. They were laughed at first, but I was so into the music I just kept on going. If you’ve heard that song before you know how crazy Steve Perry’s voice gets and for me to try and replicate it is just terrible. After that song we all clapped and laugh. Now we perform that song for the whole family during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
1. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
When I was younger I was really into hip-hop. Mainly because a lot of my friends at the time were into it too. Most of the hip-hop I listened to were heavy bass and synthesizers and rappers just talking over a beat. When I heard Bohemian Rhapsody I thought “My gosh this is so different.” The sound of real instruments got to me and Freddie Mercury–who I think is the greatest male singer of all time– had some amazing vocals and lyrics. In fact, this band helped me get through a really tough break up with my ex-girlfriend. But Bohemian Rhapsody was like three songs telling the same story. This was the first song I learned to play on piano, and it happens to be the only song I can play hahaha. Bohemian Rhapsody introduced me to a whole other world of music. Without them I wouldn’t have discovered Journey, Styx, The Doors, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, and probably some other stuff. That’s why this song will always be number one to me.