Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thinkin' high school

I think many of you have been thinking of high school lately. I've read two posts over the course of a few weeks that takes us back to those years. It got me thinking of my awkward teenage days. My new WiP has me thinking of it, too. I have a skater boy in it, and being that skater boys peaked my interest way back when (I married one), I couldn't help but think of the music that I listened to then. Since music is a huge part of my writing, I needed some skater angst to listen to.

I did start listening to Blink 182 again. Yes, I know not fully skater boy music, in fact, they probably would laugh at me, but for some reason it helps my characters show themselves. Plus, I have a crush on Tom Delonge (don't judge). Sure, I could pull out some Fugazi, Minor Threat, and newer band, Thursday, but I'll start out slow.

I also started to think about what I listened to in high, and not much has changed. I still listen to a lot of the same stuff. I still go see Depeche Mode in concert. Yes, they are old, still tour, but mix their old stuff with their new stuff. Joy Division was another favorite. "Love will tear us apart" makes me stop and zone out. The Cure (robert smith still wears his hair the same way.  I thought he would've lost it), and bauhaus (never disappoint). Going to Philly, catching a show at the Trocadero, cruising South Street to stop at Zipper head--were the typical weekends. Okay, I admit, I wore a lot of black and most of my friends had different colored hair, but I wouldn't change it. It was fun.

I do try and keep up with music, because I love it so. My soundtracks above show the stuff that gives me goosebumps when the first note is played. Silversun Pickups, Civil Twilight (major goosebumps), Mumford and Sons, and Muse have been repeated so much that my kids now request them. Except Mumford and Sons for language purposes. These bands have helped me see my characters, allowing me to bring them to life.
So, what am I getting at? Thinking back, taking a moment to cringe at what I wore, but savor some of the memories that I want to remember. Sorry, I'm not posting a high school photo. I may save that for another day. :) It's funny how a character that I made up, could bring back so  many memories.

Oh and I'm not discussing how long I've been out of high school. You probably could figure that out on your own. ;)
What did you listen to in high school?

Any funny high school moments?

Have a great day!


  1. I was pretty low key in HS, and mostly invisible (for the most part), except for with my friends.

    I went through two music phases in HS. I didn't listen to much music at first, but when Canada finally got their version on MTV (called Much Music), I spent a lot of time watching it. First I was into bands/singers like Duran Duran, Wham, Spandau Ballet (geesh, I can't even spell it), Madonna. Then my brother (a metal head) introduced me to Bon Jovi, ACDC, Poison, and it was goodbye British Invasion.

    Now I listen to classic rock and current pop music (much to my kids delight).

  2. I liked all the typical top 40 music. My tastes expanded into older music after music. I'll listen to whatever if I like it. I had awesome highschool years with a terrific group of friends!

  3. O.M.G. Christine, I don't even know who any of those bands are. Okay the Cure, but that's it.

    In high school I listened to Linda Ronsdat and the Stone Ponies, Eagles, Jackson Browne, America, and then on the other side, Grand Funk Railroad, Lynard Skynard, Led Zeppelin, and Genesis.

    Shows you how old I am.

  4. I listened to classic rock and started to like punk rock and alternative rock like B-52s. High school was somewhat uneventful for me. Just got up, went to school, had job, some friends, blah blah blah.

  5. I was mostly listening to Classic Rock back then. A lot of Zeppelin and The Who.

  6. Interestingly, I read research that our music tastes are dictated by our personality traits-extrovert, introvert, conscientious etc. So, artists may change but our tastes, 'beat' of the music we like, stays the same. I liked ACDC and it still gets me groovin, but not my everyday pick. Fun post!

  7. I went through an angsty rock phase so there was early Linkin Park, Muse, a little Limp Bizkit (hey, there were some angry songs) and Slipknot. When I dated my metal-loving boyfriend he introduced me to some harder music like Trivium. Not a funny moment, but I remember reading Kerrang with my boyfriend and another friend during a free period in the common room-- my friend and I were more interested in checking out the guys despite her love for music (by then I was beginning to mellow some).
    - Sophia.

  8. I listened to classical. I wasn't cool.

  9. I was really shy, but had lots of friends and got along with everyone. Oh, I was voted most quiet girl my senior year. It's funny because if you really knew me, I wasn't so quiet. Oh, well!

    I liked mostly Pop, R&B, and some Country back then. I remember Nirvana being really popular with the skater boys. Definitely was a time for grunge!

  10. High school wasn't that long ago for me. Most of the bands I listened to then I still listen to now. I love Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Muse, Coldplay, Fat Freddie's Drop, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Kora, ahhh the list could go on :)

  11. I listen to most of the same stuff now and it's a wide variety. But I have very few, if any, moments I want to remember. High school was a terribly rough time for me and I try to leave it in the past the best I can.

    I never would have pictured you as the black-wearing punk kid! Makes me heart you all the more.