remember that selfie
here it is
I was sat the first car I ever had the first time I heard secular music, I was 16 years old. I couldn’t tell you what the name of the song was or the genre of music that it was, but I didn’t like it. You see, I had been raised on Southern Gospel, a type of music that is founded in at least a three part harmony, piano driven, and absolutely no drums. These songs were either hymns or a spiritual song. I loved this music, ‘church music’, but it was the only thing I knew.
I am the daughter of a preacher, in the south of Georgia. My parents worked very hard to shelter us from the world around us. This a quality that I love most of the time, my life quote should be “Ignorance is bliss!”. We weren’t aloud to listen to any music that wasn’t approved by my father. This also meant even if it was in the ‘christian’ genre it had to approved, because not all ‘christian’ bands are based in baptist theology. I never questioned this, for the longest time I had the outlook of ‘if momma and daddy say “no” then I don’t want anything to do with it.’
I remember the talk my parents had with my older sister. “You can listen to whatever you want, it’s your car.” they said. This to her meant freedom. I remember flipping through the channels when I got my new car. I didn’t like it, but then I hear a song called “Perfect” by Simple Plan. And I remember crying, tears falling down my face, and that was the first time music made my feel something that strong. I had never heard a song describe the way I felt.
I was taken back because ‘christian’ music didn’t make me feel like that. It was something totally new to me. And I liked it, after that I started to look for songs that made me feel things. I remember hearing Good Charlotte, Lincoln Park, and Maroon 5. And these became my favorite bands.