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!