Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
I have always been a lover of music. In some small way, or large, I’ve always had a part of my life be centered around music. In my childhood, I adored the acoustic melodies of Bob Dylan and Billy Joel. My mom and I would always dance around, listening to old 80’s music. For my ‘tweenage’ years, it was of course pop. Taylor Swift, Katy Perry (seriously, I loved Katy), Nick Jonas… I was a diehard fan.
But now that I’m getting into my teenage years… well, I’m a bit more dark. The bubbly dance music is getting old, and so degrading. I am so sick of hearing about butts all over the radio. I don’t mind swearing so much in music, because most of the time it conveys emotion and passion, but once again humanity has turned something beautiful into a skanky mess.
Now, I turn to alternative and emo. With steampunk on the side.
Here’s what alternative is: An umbrella term used to describe music that is not played on mainstream radio or consumed by the mainstream audience, or whose music does not fall into any other genre. An example of an alternative music band is Pearl Jam.
Here’s what emo (or emotive) is: A style of rock music characterized by expressive, often confessional, lyrics. It originated in the mid-1980s hardcore punk movement of Washington, D.C., where it was known as “emotional hardcore” or “emocore” and pioneered by bands such as Rites of Spring and Embrace.
Here’s what steampunk is: Steampunk music is unique in that it’s not a musical style in the traditional sense. Rather, it’s music that blends in with the world of the future that never was, a soundtrack to a universe of retrocentric technology that invokes the feeling of living in the perfect Steampunk environment.
Don’t worry, I’m not going all goth on you! I still can’t really handle punk/metal (to be honest, all the screaming scares me). I’m a wuss when it comes to music, so I’ve turned to the lighter side of both of these genres.
Now, obviously I haven’t been listening to alt/emo for very long yet, but I’ve already found some keeper bands. It helps that my amazing friend Rose is a hardcore fan of alt/emo/punk/metal, so I have a guide. Here are some bands you should consider listening to:
Their songs are soothing and heartfelt, and they have that certain symphony-esque sound to them.
Bitter and true. Also very melodious. Piano & rock are included.
Very punk/alt, with mind-blowing bass and an excellent main singer.
OK, OK, this one is pretty popular, but I still think they’re one of the best bands out there, and I consider them alternative as well.
My favorite steampunk creator ever, their songs are wonderful, heart-swelling triumphs that always make me want to dance.
I have always treasured music, and I hope that I always will. It’s a beautiful form of expression and there are so many different genres and styles. I *used to* play the piano, and I hope to take up lessons again someday.
So, what are some of your favorite forms of music? Do you have any recommendations for me? I’d love to chat.