MY FAVORITE MUSIC ARTISTS OF ALL TIME
This list is a hard list for me to write! I have tried for years to make a definite list in my own mind, and it never ends neatly. These are not ranked, these are unapologetic, these are the artists that have gotten me through life so far.
- •Diana Ross and the SupremesMy uncle gave me a greatest hits cassette when I was six. I played it in a Barbie pink tape player over and over. All women, all powerful voices, all working as a team. It sounded so warm and rich to me. My sister ended up destroying it while I was in kindergarten one day. She was one. It was my most beloved grudge until last year when she bought me a vinyl of their music as reparations so I'd let it go.
- •My Chemical RomanceI KNOOOOOOOW. I was a typical teen emo. (I didn't dress the part. I was too shy to want to be noticed in any way really.) Their music was fast and loud and angry/sad. All the things I needed as a kid with too many feelings she couldn't sort through.
- •The BeatlesI didn't listen to them until high school. This crazy cool and fun guy in our friend group loved them and when he found out I had never listened, he brought me a CD to school the next day. I fell in love. I was supposed to return it, but I forgot and he forgot. He passed away in a motorcycle accident in LA during our college years. It tore a hole in he hearts of all our friends. I still have that CD and I cherish it.
- •The 1975I don't have any dramatic stories for this one. They're just solid artists who make killer music. I've seen them live three times and they were the first show I went to that wasn't pop punk/punk rock. It was the first show I went to where I wanted to revel in sad nostalgic feelings for as long as possible.
- •The Front BottomsI don't even know if the lead singer can even actually sing well, but the lyrics hit a spot so deep in my chest it burns. I've probably listened to their track "Cough It Out" at least once a day for the last three years (or pretty close to that). It's honest music with a lot of heart, I respect that.
- •Penguin Cafe OrchestraWhimsical instrumental music that has fueled/inspired many of the things I've written. It's the kind of music that lets you build your own narrative around it.
- •Blink-182Crass and fun music that never takes itself too seriously for long. I like that the band has always done whatever it felt like and hoped for the best. Plus Travis is a GREAT drummer.
- •DaughterMusic for when I need to dig deep and feel some shit. Their music is so calm and reminds me of walking through a fog in the early morning. When I listen to them I feel more connected to myself than I usually do.
- •I'll stop here. Even though I feel like so many others could make the cut.Thanks for requesting this list @veshecco! I will be second guessing my choices for the next three days, lol.