Inspiration Friday. Every Friday I find a topic and give three things from that topic that inspire me. This is not a favorites list necessarily, though they are some of my favorite things. This week's theme: Bands.
First up we have Queen. Come on, their music could be called the anthems of inspiration. Formed in 1971 this band's music just pumps you up. We will rock you can be related from one person to another by simply stomping your feet twice and giving a clap. I like to think of their songs as a writers journey. Under Pressure, Another One Bites the Dust, and hopefully one day We are the Champions. Sadly in 1991 Freddy Mercury passed away due to complications from AIDS. What ever your beliefs toward his personal life, I hope most can agree with me when I say that he was to this day one of the greatest male vocals of all time. Honorable mention here: David Bowie.
Okay so I may have some that disagree with me here, but I have loved this band since the first slap of Fieldy's bass I heard when I was a not so angst-filled teenager. From their rhythmic coupling of bass and drums to the sometimes haunting, sometimes aggressive voice of Jonathon Davis, this is music that can really get you into an interesting head space. I actually plotted out an entire horror novel while listening to See You On the Other Side.(hopefully will get to writing that one day.) It is not for everyone, but when in a dark place I can relate to the lyrics and get pulled into the music.
Oh Nirvana. What could have been? I sadly have to admit that I was not so well informed in music that I was listening to them right after their first album dropped. I in fact was so late to the game on this one, that I was talking to my friend about how much I loved a song Heart-Shaped Box and he said too bad the lead singer just killed himself. This hit me like a truck, anyone who listened or listens to this band could hear the pain in Kurt's voice behind the sometimes melodic tunes. Still much like when The Crow came out and Brandon Lee had died in filming, or Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, finding this music at the same time as the artist's death deepened my experience with every word and note. It is really cool to know you need a character, one with issues or deep rooted pain and just put the headphones on and listen to the songs and see this character forming in your mind. Nirvana had a huge impact on music and in 1990 took on the drummer David Grohl who went on to form The Foo Fighters a band that is still a leading force in Rock music today. I still have to wonder though, like with many tragic stories of artist—what could have been? Honorable mention: Alice in Chains.
Anyway, here are some things that inspire me, what about you? As always have fun and keep writing.
I remember when Nirvana's first album came out. I was out of college and in the real world by that time. Grohl went on to great things.ReplyDelete
He sure did, I love that he has evolved so much with his music.Delete
Queen was awesome and their music will still be popular in 100 years, in my opinion. Great inspiration.ReplyDelete
I agree, hopefully longer, never a bad day to listen to Queen.Delete
I totally recognized your drawing when I saw it... before I scrowled down. Rock on!ReplyDelete
Great bands, very sad about Mercury and Kurt. But, hey their music will live on.
I agree with Mark, Queen's music will be popular years from now. Come on, how could it not? ;)
That's true what every artist hopes for, legacy. Glad my art has its own signature :).Delete
Errr.. sure I meant your signature but really? I meant I knew it was your version of Queen's cover lolDelete
Lmao, oh, well hey that is good too....lolDelete
I am totally and 100% Queen, hahahaha. I mean I am Queen's fan. That's a huge inspiration. I have many favorites but Who wants to live forever is still my number 1. Must be because I've already lived 800 years. :)ReplyDelete
Lol, that would be the perfect Dragon song.Delete
There's nothing better than Queen! I listened to everything they did when I was younger, and I still think Brian May is the best guitarist ever. He could really make his guitar howl! :-)ReplyDelete
Yes he could, I have still enjoyed them with all their fill ins, but nothing like the original.Delete
I miss Freddy Mercury and Kurt Cobain. Good books and beloved children inspire me (especially my Middle Child, Elisa). Boy, I'm proud of my kids.ReplyDelete
Me too. I bet, she inspires me as well.Delete
I always find music to be inspirational. Not Korn necessarily, but Nirvana, definitely.ReplyDelete
Yeah I knew Korn would be more of a me thing. Music moves the world imo.Delete
Here here to musical inspiration!ReplyDelete
Yep I was a new adult when Nirvana's first album hit and it was always playing in my car. However, I was a bigger fan of AIC. Matter of fact, Layne Staley's been such a huge inspiration to my latest WIP, I'm dedicating it to him.
Nice, yeah love them too. I hate when I see fans divided over the two, both are awesome.Delete
You seem to have diverse taste in music- just like me! And I always have to be listening to something. Depends on my mood.ReplyDelete
Your drawing is boss! I envy all artists (my sister was an amazing one) but it skipped me, cause I can't even draw a stick person. LOL
Yep I have my mom to thank for that, she had me listening to all sorts as a child.Delete
You are an artist, you're a writer :).
I love Queen, and I enjoy the other two as well.ReplyDelete
Queen is awesome.Delete
Fabulous list :) Queen might be the greatest band of all time.ReplyDelete
(From Sarah With Joy)
I agree with this statement.Delete
I am definitely a Queen fan! SO MANY great songs!ReplyDelete
Their catalog is amazing.Delete
Those are three of my favorite bands. I totally agree!ReplyDelete
Cool, a fellow Korn fan :).Delete