Shout It Out Loud

Proud Member of the Kiss Army
Proud Member of the Kiss Army

Do you remember being a kid (teen years included) and music was one of the most important things in your life? Sometimes it was the band or singer that mattered and other times it was just a cool song here and there. Going out cruising with your friends required your favorite music jamming in the background. In some cases it was never background music, it was loud! Your parents had to tell you to turn the music down as you jammed that new cassette tape on your boom box in your room. Ok.. some of you jammed the eight track, the record, or the CD. Now it's all about the ipod with ear phones so some of the younger readers may not be able to relate to having your parents yelling for you to turn the music down.

As we get older music tends to take a back seat to all the other things in life that are more important. Family, career, etc. Music helps to create so many memories. It quickly reminds you of a love you once had or a love you once lost. It reminds you of good times, bad times, heartbreak, romantic times with that special person, or just good times with your friends and family. Your favorite music can calm you, excite you, encourage you, or inspire you. Turn it up when you listen. You would be surprised at how your mood will change with a good song thumping in the car as you drive into work in the morning or as you drive home in the evening. Some of us think that as we get older that we shouldn't listen to loud music. Download some of your old favorites to your ipod and listen loud. I guarantee it will change your mood for the better.

I watch my children enjoying today's music and I encourage them to do so. Appropriate music of course. There is so much out there that is not appropriate. You and I both know that they are still hearing it either on the radio, TV, or with their friends regardless of the type of music. We did when we were growing up. The more I was told not to listen to that music, the more I wanted to listen to it. So I know they are listening to some things that are not exactly what they should be at their ages. But you know, there could be worse things. My four year old probably should not be dancing around and singing California Girls by Katy Perry but she has a blast doing it. She never gets the words right thank goodness. She just likes the beat of the song and to see her turn into a Solid Gold dancer cracks me up.


The First Step Of A Cure is A Kiss!

My favorite band growing up was Kiss. They are still my favorite band. Yes, I am an active member of the Kiss Army at 38 years old. If I want to get in a better mood, I grab my ipod and start listening to Dr. Love. “The first step of a cure is a Kiss” according to Gene Simmons as he sings Dr. Love. Kiss was formed in 1973 and I was born in 1973. I was a child of the 80's and 90's and they were not as popular then as they were in the late 70s and early 80's when I was a wee child. It was probably considered inappropriate music for me to listen to at that time but I did anyway. I was introduced to the band Kiss through my older cousins who listened to Kiss and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. My parents thought I had lost my mind of course. I was a girl and liked these freaky looking men jumping around and “Shouting It Out Loud”. They thought I should be listening to mainstream pop music or something similar. Not the hair bands of the 80's and 90's and definitely not these demon looking things. Things haven't changed much except it is my husband who thinks I have lost my mind. I drag him to the concerts and subject him to seeing me prance around like Gene Simmons every Halloween for the past 7 years or so. I can not explain the feeling it gives me to be at a Kiss concert singing the same old songs or dressing up like Gene at Halloween and listening to the same old music. It might be old but it makes me feel good. If it's not Kiss, it is Great White, Lynch Mob, Dokken, or Bon Jovi.

Make note of your favorites from over the years and turn them up. Your favorite music gives you a feeling when you listen to it. Turn off the ones that give you the bad feelings and turn up the music that inspires you and makes you feel good.

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Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I love your hub! I was the same way as a kid. I always enjoyed different types of music and I still listen to many of those artists even now. And I try to keep up with what's going on in music even if I don't like it as much as the music I grew up with. Voted up and awesome!

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angela p 5 years ago from Richmond, Virginia Author

thank you. I was listening to Kiss on the ipod and decided to write about them and music in general.

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Peanutritious 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK

I totally agree with you. Music makes me feel alive. If anything, music has meant more to me the older I got. I love driving with my favourite tunes blasting out. I always put my favourite dancy tunes on when i'm doing housework. It's the only thing that motivates me!

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TTC12 5 years ago

I was lucky that I was never told what music I could not listen to. My mom bought me whatever album I threw in the shopping cart (most of the time.) Fist album was Deep Purple's Machine Head. I love music and am a musician, too. Can't live without it. Nice article!

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angela p 5 years ago from Richmond, Virginia Author

Thanks to all for the great comments. Music keeps me going. I secretly wish I was in a rock n roll band! In my head I am everytime I turn it up. Love Deep Purple too..

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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

I was a Styx fan, but also liked KISS. You have to admire the marketing genious of Gene Simmons even if you don't get into their music--they created a brand as well as a band!

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angela p 4 years ago from Richmond, Virginia Author

kschimmel - Absolutely. I am sure he is not hurting for any money. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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