If you know me, you know that I love Green Day. They are the band I’ve followed since I was 12.
Growing up I used to get teased a lot because I started liking them when they hit mainstream status with their rock-pop opera album, American Idiot; their most popular album and arguably the album that killed their musical career because they would never be able match the same success. That is a very subjective statement of course (and not one I’m prepared to say I agree with)….
Well, to my haters here’s what I have to tell you. It’s been 12 years of steady introduction to all 12 (old and new) Green Day albums and I’ve loved every second of it! Including not missing a single Toronto tour since their American Idiot kickoff in the summer of 2006 at Molson Park.
Apart from my useless bragging rights, the point I want to make today is that there is something INCREDIBLY special about having a favourite artist to obsess over throughout your adolescent years.
The individual side of music.
This is the most important piece of it all. It’s the discovery and the part where you fall in love. It is when you listen and study the music. The melodies become part of your daily routine and the lyrics speak to your life and to your purpose.
This is precisely when you relish in getting to know your artists on a personal level and let the music speak to your soul.
I spent countless hours researching Billie, Mike and Tre. Who they are as people, how they got introduced to music and what influences them and inspires their writing.
The best part about memorizing and overplaying songs is that even the slightest hint of the that opening riff is able to strike up your memory and bring you back to a nostalgic place.
The concert and community
I will never forget the first time I saw Green Day play live and I don’t know what got to me more; the fact that they were right in front of me playing their songs live, or the fact that I got to be with that many people who loved them just as much as I did and experience the music together in a place of mutual feeling. Suddenly no one feels like a stranger.
I say this as I settle back at home after seeing them live for a second time this year in 2017 (RevRad Tour, Budweiser Stage).
A concert never ceases to amaze me because of the powerful elated state it is able to put you in. And because of the amazing connections you make with those around you.
As Billie screams out to us at each show, the concert is a celebration. There is no hate. We sing together, we dance together, and we cry together.
Music is a language, no doubt. It is able to connect different cultures, genders, sexulaties and neutralize the space. It is able to connect us on a human level, to feel the power and magnitude of 30,000 souls crowded around you embracing in the same moment and the same rhythms. Just so powerful.
It’s no wonder why we often can’t give verbal language to this feeling.
It is beautiful, and it makes me fall back in love with the human race…if only for an hour.
Who is the artist that rocks your world?