Music and Heroes – Christina Courtenay

 

Billie Joe Armstrong

Billie Joe Armstrong

I’ve often been told I have strange taste in music. I think what people mean is I don’t act my age. Too bad! I don’t think music should be “ageist” and when I hear something I like, I don’t stop to consider what age group it’s aimed at. I just enjoy it. With two teenagers in the house, I hear a lot of new music and I’m more likely to shout “turn it up” than “turn it down.

Music definitely inspires my writing, albeit indirectly, by allowing me to relax and think. I would find it hard to live without music.  I can always find a song that corresponds to whatever mood I’m in. If I’m feeling angry and frustrated, bands like Linkin Park, Korn and Nightwish reflect my sentiments exactly.  If I’m introspective, Green Day are just the ticket (Billy Joe Armstrong writes wonderful lyrics and he also qualifies as prime hero material!). For nostalgic daydreaming, there’s nothing like Def Leppard, my all time favourite band, and if I’m sad, a power ballad like “Alone” by Heart or “Dear God” by Avenged Sevenfold will express it much better than I could. Or even the Backstreet Boys (my taste is nothing if not eclectic!) – AJ McLean’s voice is like velvet honey, great for hero inspiration too.

I love discovering new bands and occasionally I even venture out to a concert or two. Recently I’ve seen Lostprophets and 30 Seconds to Mars and both bands have the advantage of a front man with hero potential – Ian Watkins and Jared Leto respectively. They were both awesome. Check out these photos and let me know what you think!

Jared Leto

Jared Leto

Ian Watkins

Ian Watkins

4 thoughts on “Music and Heroes – Christina Courtenay

  1. Absolutely fascinating to read… and see… where you get your inspiration, Christina. I feel some serious research coming on!

  2. Some of my favourites in there, Christina! I LOVE Lost Prophets and Greenday! Smouldering emo heroes, yum…

  3. Yes, absolutely! There’s definitely something to be said for watching rock music videos …

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