My music tastes originate from my mom like my sporting tastes come from my dad. I grew up listening to U2, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Madonna, Queen, Genesis/Phil Collins, and so many other bands that include one hit wonders that I couldn't tell you the name of the band unless I looked it up. Now, my favorite song of the 80s at the time could possibly be Run-DMC and Aerosmith performing "Walk This Way." The end of the 80s and beginning of the 90s included LL Cool J and if anyone asked me my favorite song at its release, it was "Mama Said Knock You Out." I think it wasn't until just recently that I got rid of that single on tape. There was also R.E.M., Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Metallica, and so many others.
The music that I listen to now revolves around the grunge era and alternative rock. In the 90s and 00s, I listen(ed) heavily to Live, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Radiohead, Linkin Park, Incubus, Sev, R.E.M., Green Day, Beastie Boys, Outkast, Counting Crows, Korn, Deftones, Eminem, and more. I also enjoy(ed) Avenged Sevenfold (A7X), Seether, Zander Bleck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Muse, The Killers, Lady Gaga, Weezer, Billy Talent, Silverchair, 311, and yes, I could keep going.
Music is a great way for me to unwind or get energized for any given day. During my college years, I used to post songs of the week and day. I would update my posts via AIM. Do we all remember AIM? I haven't gotten on instant messenger in probably five years, but I used to update my profile with songs, albums, and lyrics. And there wasn't any particular reason to do it other than to share what music I was really enjoying. So I think I might get back into that just for fun.
I'll be tweeting a song of the day every day at @STLakata so feel free to stop by and check it out. I will also occasionally post my favorite songs from the 90s, 00s, or today. For now, here's a list of some favorite songs while I was in college:
- Figure.09 by Linkin Park
- Thoughtless by Korn
- Beverly Hills by Weezer
- Just A Phase by Incubus
- Sympathetic by Seether
- The Wicked End by A7X
- Same Old Song by Sev
- Confessions by Bleed The Dream
- The Man Who Sold The World (cover) by Nirvana
- Street Carp by Deftones
- Dani California by Red Hot Chili Peppers
- King of Comedy by R.E.M.
- Beautiful Disaster by 311
- Across the Night by Silverchair
- Tahitian Moon by Porno for Pyros
- Gone by U2
- Nothing to Lose by Billy Talent
- Face Plant by Pepper