I have an older brother that used to live in a nice large property just outside of Nashville, TN. Because I hated spending summers in the state I was born in (Mississippi) I was happy to get the chance to go visit him for the summer for back to back years with my nephew. My nephew is only a few years younger than me so we hung out like best friends growing up. We both loved music. Everyday seemed to have a soundtrack. But one specific high school year in Nashville had a specific soundtrack. Nine Lives. Aerosmith’s 1997 album.
I don’t remember if it was VH1 or MTV putting videos of Hole In My Soul up, but it doesn’t matter. I had the biggest crush on the girl in that video. So odd looking back. But that’s what it was. And I could listen to that song over and over again. Not to mention Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees), but that song helped me learn that if you drink too many margaritas it can actually make your teeth so sensitive that it hurts to eat for a few days after…. but that’s another story for another day.
Going back to being in Nashville. Those were great summers. We would wake up late. Rummage through the fridge for free food all the while blasting rock music over his (what we considered) amazing surround sound system. We would then sit on the back porch smoking and sometimes drinking whatever bottle of liquor we could find and blaring music out there as well since he was one of the few people I knew with outdoor speakers. But somehow I associate that whole summer with Aerosmith’s Nine Lives. It melded into one memory and its so odd how that happens. That’s what music can do though. It’s weird and amazing like that.
It’s been many years since then and if I could go back I probably wouldn’t change anything about those summers spent in Nashville. Maybe we wouldn’t have ridden our skateboard 10+ miles to go ask two girls out only to chicken out once we got there. But then again maybe we would. It’s a part of what made those entire summers so fun and freeing. And had it not been for all the songs on that Nine Lives album, I probably wouldn’t be able to remember so many of them, but just listening to the songs brings back specific things about those days of the past.
What was it that changed and when did it change? I have no specific dates but it seemed to be around 2010 that I really started to notice the crap being played on the radio. Luckily digital music was in and I was able to bring my usb everywhere and listen to MY kind of music. Recently I checked one of the major online charts for music. Clicking on the “Rock” charts literally made me sick to my stomach. When did Pop and Country become labeled as Rock?? Seriously?? I mean, c’mon. Rock used to be Nirvana, Green Day, Godsmack, Korn, Limp Bizkit, etc etc etc. Are there just not enough rock bands anymore or do people just not like the sound that real rock is anymore? I don’t know.
This is why I’m creating this website. Will it be a crap website? Who knows… But at least I can pull some of the good rock songs that I find out into the public (if anyone looks at it that is) and spread some good songs to others that might be interested. I’m not an expert at building sites, an expert at music, or really an expert at much of anything for that matter. But I just felt something should at least be attempted at this so here I am. You can check out my site, blog, throwbacks or ignore it. But here it is, this is for you, for me and for rock music. Or at least what once was. I know there are still amazing rock songs being made everyday. I’m gonna do my best to listen around and find it for you all.