Middle school was a horrifying time in my life. I was a total outcast, I struggled in every way possible and I barely made it out alive. The thing that always got me through was music. And my obsession with music as I know it, began in middle school with my favorite band to this day GREEN DAY. Thanks @danidee for this challenge.
I was a 5; 4'' little psychopath, and in 7th grade I died my hair green...why? Because the drummer from Green Day had green hair. There is no photographic evidence of this period of my life, and I 'd like to keep it that way.
I discovered pop/punk legends, Green Day when I came home from school one day and happened to turn on MTV (when they still played music, and not Catfish or Teen Mom or whatever...screw them). Anyway, I was flipping around and something amazing caught my eye.
It was an American flag, painted green and white. It seemed like it was bleeding green. I couldn't stop staring.
And then that guitar line came in and my life was changed forever.
Three dudes that looked like they were in their 20s or 30's came on the screen. They were styled to the nine's. That red tie. Oh my god. I was in love at first listen. The loudness of the guitars, the crashing drums, the deep bass lines, the style, the attitude...this band would change my life. I spent a lot of my early adulthood questioning everything, feeling a little left out and completely out of the loop. I identified with Green Day. They preached the ideals of being yourself, taking risks and ultimately always sticking up for what you believe in. And they gave me permission to do what I wanted. When everything else seemed like a losing battle, Green Day was there to tell me I had won. I can't imagine how I would have turned out if I hadn't caught that music video that fall afternoon.
I had no idea I'd discovered Green Day long into their amazing career. I became obsessed with their back catalog of 10 albums. And discovered their musical influences as well.
I instantly became attached to the genre of punk rock. I did my research and discovered bands like The Ramones, The Sex Pistols and Blondie. Green Day led me to the modern punk/pop outifts that everyone knows: like Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and New Found Glory. Those guys led me to garage rock, like The Libertines, The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys. This amazing web of music, led by my favorite band Green Day made me realize I wanted to be a musician too.
I started playing guitar at 11 and learned EVERY SINGLE Green Day song. After I mastered them on guitar, I moved to drums, then bass. By 14 I could play all of them, full band style, on my own. My first rock band "The Walking Contradictions" named after of course, a Green Day song, hit the stage when I was 12...and I never looked back. I ended up recording my first record in 2010 and have been called "the female Billie Joe Armstrong" by a lot of peeps. I got a Green Day tattoo when I moved out on my own for the first time and have never regretted it for a second.
What I'm trying to say is, music has the power to change your life. And even though I was 11 and completely lost...Green Day found me, and changed me for good!