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Ear Candy

August 20, 2013 - Nicholas Terry
Anyone who knows me also knows my love of punk music. I like a lot of the old stuff, some new stuff. However, I was raised in a musical household and respect all forms of music. I used to say that I like all music except country and rap music. That’s not completely true anymore. There are some solid underground rap and hip hop artists that I can respect their lyrical content and will privately enjoy. I also took the long road around country music, and found out that I really just like folk music which is basically what country music evolved from. It’s the singer-songwriter without the Budweiser and Ford Trucks. I also love a good melody.

That’s where this entry begins. Melody is in every form of music. The best grindcore and death metal bands still have a melodic groove underneath their noise. Pop music is catchy, melodic, and most of the time dance-able. I’m not talking about pop music on the radio. If you’re a slave who listens to the radio for what to listen to I feel sorry for you. If you take my hand I’ll guide to bands you might enjoy based on your tastes that are not awful. I was once on of those people because I didn’t even begin to realize how much music is out there. There are hundreds of albums being created every year by bands that while have an established fan base, simply go unheard by the radio-listeners of the world.

I do not mean to sound like I am bashing the radio. I am more talking about in general how radio operates. Getting paid or forced to play the same artists over and over again not because it’s what they think we want to hear, it’s what they want us to hear. I love me some good pop music. It’s just fun when done right. The way punk music is just fun. No one cares how many chords you can play. Just strap on an instrument and belt your heart out about what you want.

Regardless, I was listening to some albums that I listened to in high school. Boy I was all over the place with genres. Once I found out the vastness of music available. I was like a crack addict looking for that fix of something new to give me that high you get with finding your new favorite band. Breathe in that nostalgia folks, it's refreshing in the

I recently listened to Hellogoodbye's debut EP that is just shy of a decade old now, and remembered how great it was. I think the first three songs, “Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn”, “Call N Return”, and the “Bonnie Taylor Shakedown” are the best examples of what this band does, and how pop music should be made. It’s fun, a little silly, but heartfelt. Before Justin Bieber, it was songs like these that were made to woo girls. I guess the point of this entry was to remind my readers to embrace life and be happy. Sometimes you need to put on some ear candy on, drink something bad for you, and dance like you can dance.


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