“Days reborn
Fight with folded hands
Pain left below
The lifeless live again”

-Breaking Benjamin – Red Cold River

“Am I going crazy?
Yeah, I think you made me
‘Cause I hate the way that you make me feel
Am I going crazy?”

-From Ashes To New – Crazy

Music has always been a big part of my life. What I usually tell my friends is that, “I live music, I breathe music, I bleed music.” And I think Albus Dumbledore said it best:

Ah, music, a magic beyond all we do here.

Albus Dumbledore – Harry Potter and The Philosopher Stone
By: J.K Rowling

Music has the power to build and destroy, be a tool or a weapon, help or hinder. Music lives within us. Our hearts keep a rhythm to keep us alive. We breathe in time to said rhythm.

Yes, I grew up in a religious home but I was exposed to a variety of music at a young age. My mom introduced me to Queen, Journey, Michael Jackson, Chicago, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, REO Speedwagon, Simon & Garfunkel and many many more! My dad introduced to bands from the 50s like The Everly Brothers, Left Banke, and more. One of my uncles introduced me to Nirvana, Oasis, Papa Vegas, Alice In Chains, and more.

And of course my parents introduced me to classics such as Bach, Beethoven, Handel, etc.

Certain movies introduced me to bands and artists at a young age such as Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins from Top Gun, Time of my life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes from Dirty Dancing, and other classics.

In 4th grade, we moved and we got new neighbors. One of them was my age. He introduced me to Metallica, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Silver Chair, Smashing Pumpkins, and much more. We both played guitar and would spend time in our backyards playing around, rocking out and just having a good time.

The Decisions – Don’t You Know It’s Love

My cousins, when I was in middle school, introduced me to Skillet, Jars of Clay, The W’s, Further Seems Forever, and other Christian bands that I enjoyed. Around this time I discovered the WOW CDs and my friends and I would listen to those CDs during our lunch breaks. But I also enjoyed 90’s music such as The Verve, Semi Sonic, New Radicals, Santana, LEN, and other 90’s icons and one-hit wonders. And I should mention that I did like Backstreet Boys (haha). And one of my music teachers introduced me to Men At Work.

The Decisions – Tears, Tears

High school was an interesting time for music. I started listening to a new band on the Rock scene called Linkin Park (RIP Chester). I started listening to more bands such as Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Trapt, Tantric, Simple Plan, Relient K, and more. I also started getting into Rap/Hip Hop like Petey Pablo, Nelly, Ja Rule, Juvenile, etc. Country music also appealed to me and with the help of a long time friend I got into artists like Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Montgomery Gentry, Nickel Creek, Sara Evans, Alison Kraus, Rascal Flatts, and much more. I loved getting into debates with my teachers about the good things of secular music vs Christian music.

College was no exception. I still enjoyed LP, Chevelle, and other bands. But I also reconnected with Skillet and other Christian Rock bands. My roommate in my later college years introduced me to RED (and I’ve been a big fan ever since) and Thousand Foot Krutch, and more. iTunes was new to the music player scene and there were some vulnerabilities we could exploit with the shared folder within iTunes and we were able to share and listen to each other’s libraries which was great. I discovered music I never knew existed such as Thievery Corporation, Something Corporate, and others. I also got big into U2 and Mae at this time. One of my good friends in the dorms also really got me interested in Techno and other styles of techno/electronic music such as Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Owl City, Bentley Jones, and more. Another genre of music I got into in my early college days was Jazz. I loved Jazz. I would study to it, relax with it, and sleep with it. So I was listening to artists like Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, and many more.

And from post-college to now, I’ve mostly been into Rock music although my personal collection has diversified extensively over the years and has become more eclectic. I’ve debated starting a radio station in the UP, but haven’t come to a decision on that yet. It was also around this time that I really started appreciating Video Game music from old and new games and franchises such as Sonic The Hedgehog, Mario, Legend of Zelda, Castlevania, and more.

I love music. It’s my life. And I enjoy consuming it as well as performing it. I’ve played many instruments over the years as well as played in school band (trumpet) and did choir (Bass II) in high school and college. My great grandfather was in a barbershop quartet and my grandpa played trumpet. One of my uncles was in a band in the 60’s called The Decisions and won Battle of The Bands in Kalamazoo and pressed some 45s in Detroit, for the Topper Label, of their two big hits: “Don’t You Know It’s Love” and “Tears, Tears.” So music has run in my family for a long time. I’m happy I can carry it on.

While I cannot remember all the concerts I’ve been to, especially those of Country and Jazz, here’s a list of concerts I’ve been to:

  • N’Sync
  • Backstreet Boys
  • Britney Spears
  • Beach Boys
  • Chicago
  • Kenny Rogers
  • Jonnie Mitchell
  • Cher
  • Gavin DeGraw
  • Switchfood
  • Sigur Ros
  • Sherwood
  • Relient K
  • Mae
  • The Fray
  • Candlelight Red
  • Otherwise (x2)
  • RED
  • Trapt
  • Theory of a Deadman
  • Nonpoint
  • Adelitas Way
  • Chevelle
  • Eve To Adam
  • Newcomers Home
  • Sufjan Stevens
  • Nickel Creek
  • John Mayer
  • Charlie Daniels Band
  • Saliva
  • Tantric
  • 10 Years
  • Buckcherry
  • Devour The Day (x2)
  • Hinder
  • POD
  • Thousand Foot Krutch
  • Sick Puppies
  • Skillet (x2)
  • Black Stone Cherry
  • Gemini Syndrome
  • See This Through (x2)
  • Blood of The Stone
  • All That Remains
  • Puddle of Mudd
  • Seether
  • From Ashes To New
  • Bad Wolves
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • Breaking Benjamin
  • Three Days Grace
  • Disturbed
  • Alabama
  • Matt Wertz
  • Laura Veirs
  • Michelle Branch
  • Over The Rhine

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