George W. Stearns High School
So in attempt to get some traffic on this here blog, I am going to try a new tactic. I do appreciate all my friends who regular my site, but I do need to expand past you (and not always expect you to be here). So a trending topic on twitter at the moment is #HighShoolMemories, so I’m going to write about some musical memories I have from high school.
This is going to give you a little bit of history into me musically. I really separate my music like into two major parts (maybe three now but I won’t get into the third in this post). Up to the beginning of my sophomore year of high school I listened to what ever was mainstream or what ever my friends listened to. I certainly like what I liked, but within the stream of what is fed to us in popular media and culture.
Then something miraculous happened. Somehow for reason I don’t even remember now, I was lured into working on the school fall musical, through which I was introduced to a group of people I hadn’t associated with previously. This group of people, including one that would become a life long friend, would introduce me to Liz Phair, the Ramones, Tori Amos, Type O Negative and many other band not in the mainstream. This changed my musical landscape completely. I soon adopted the “I hate the mainstream” mantra, one I would carry far to long, but one I would carry all the less.
There are particular memories I have from this time I’d like to share. Growing up in a small town one of the only things to do is drive around and listen to music. I remember one time sitting in my buddy Chauncey’s car behind Katahdin Avenue School listening to Type O Negative’s Bloody Kisses for the first time. I think I fell in love instantly and Type O Negative would become my favorite band for the next 5-6 years. The other memory I have is of sitting in my girlfriend at the time, Manisha’s bedroom listening to Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville. This wasn’t something I would fall in love with instantly, for I was raised in the old fashion male dominant world. At this time of my life women singing like Liz Phair did seemed strangely odd, later in life this album would become one of my favorites, and now I may even like female singers more than I do male.
So now you may see a small insight into my musical past and what memories stick with me from high school. Tell me about you favorite musical memory from high school.