Seasons roll on by

May 18, 2017 - 11:49 am

Stick to sports. I know. Don't worry, this isn't about Trump. But neither is this about the Sabres coaching search.

When the music hits you and how it hits you can depend on lots of factors. Age, friends, emotional state. For me, punk rock changed my life. Mostly for all the cliched reasons that have been written about endlessly for the past forty years. Bloated, indulgent out of touch rockers needed a swift kick in the ass and the kids, me included needed something we could relate to. The Ramones, The Clash, The Damned and lots of others provided that vehicle. The big bands of the 60's and early 70's became obsolete to me.

When bands like Soundgarden and Pearl Jam first emerged they sounded and looked more like the enemy to me than something I wanted to plug into. Long hair, metal riffs and guitar solos! Seriously? Guitar solos? Who needs guitar solos?

What I've realized over the years and after really thinking about it today is that those bands, who all to some extent cut their teeth in some form of a punk rock scene, did something vital.

They provided a bridge back to all of the great music from the 60's and 70's that in my haste I'd left behind. To the point where eventually I'd go see your friends band play and when they covered a Bob Seger song it was in no way ironic, only awesome. Yes, I'm looking at you Nicholas Mendola.

I still love my three-minute furious blasts and always will. But I also love Led Zeppelin now in a way that I just could not see when I was 25 years old. 

Largely, Chris Cornell and so many others from that Seattle scene gave me, and I'm guessing many like me, that.

Go easy friends.

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