Growing up I always knew there were something different about my relationship with music viruses other kids my age.
I have a vivid memory of driving in my father’s red Mustang convertible with the top down on they way to grab some ice cream singing, Meat Loaf’s “I Would Do Anything for Love”.
I remember the opening of that album scared the s**t out of me because I knew the album cover featured a man on a motorcycle coming face to face with a huge red bat! Yikes! At 8 years-old, that could make a kid wonder, “Why are my parents letting me listen to this music?”
Well, I am sure glad they did.
The thing I remember most about music in the Scoggins’ household was sneaking down into the basement and looking at my parent’s vinyl collection. I say I was sneaking down because I knew the collection was special to them (it was all alphabetized) and that it was a collection that had been cultivated for years and years.
Most of the collection belonged to my father, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, The Rolling Stones, Santana, and Cream to name a few. But my mother had her contributions also, The Original ‘Annie’ Soundtrack (which I would later play constantly and sing along to) and my favorite, The Beatles ‘Rubber Soul’. But the one that stands out most in my mind was Fleetwood Mac ‘Rumors’.
Being that he was around in the hay day of rockin’ roll, it had always seemed like my father had a rather large collecting of his favorite records, (I would guess he currently has 60-80) but he revealed to me that as a young man his mother got rid of his records when he left the nest.
I guess I take for granted my iPod can hold all of my music and is accessible at my fingertips.
Now I have begun my own small collection of vinyl record and feel a small connection to my parents because of it. Must have been exciting to go buy a big record, carry it under your arm home, plop it on your hi-fi, listen to it and check out the album artwork.
How music has changed.
Just looking on the bright side of things.
I have an older brother, six years older, and since I was in high school I have been making him playlists. I would try and bring him one every time I would visit him in Ohio as a sort of fun tradition — and it has become one of my favorite things to do.
He heavily influenced my musical taste as a young kid — playing albums like Live’s Throwing Cooper or Nirvana’s Nevermind, in the car. He was in high school and anything he did was cooler than cool to me.
(I was the only little girl I knew in my town that would sing Pearl Jam’s Jeremy over and over and over again.)
Now, it seems over the past few years I have taken over the pilot’s seat as I navigate him to some new tunes.
He does have very specific taste when it come to these playlist and I have struck out in the past — but I think I have gotten it down. He likes the songs aggressive, but not too aggressive. He loves a catchy hook and a strong melody he can singalong to. I can provide those tunes for sure — but every once in a while I like to slip in something different, always a risk but always appreciated.
Today I am working on a mix for his 31st birthday and I am so excited to give it to him. I will not see him in person this time to hand him the playlist — but I always look forward to hearing his feedback and see what songs he really digs.
Trying to keep him the coolest soccer dad on the block.
Anyway I this has become one of my favorite things to do with my free time. Make my biggest brother a playlist — it’s the little things that keep us close.
What do you guys to keep close with your family?
I’d rather be here,
than anywhere with you.
I took this video tonight at the Panic! At The Disco show in Hollywood. Its been years since I last saw these fellas play — and a lot has changed. They actually sounded really great and were very appreciative of the audience…. They even did an encore!
Anyway it was a last min thing (LA for ya) and I had so much fun jumping around with my friends singing along!
the song remains the same
And since I was just talking about live performances, I’m going to start in the middle - because if this song doesn’t get your pulse going on a Monday morning, nothing will.
This is Paramore performing “Born For This” live on the The Final RIOT! tour in Chicago on August 12, 2008. The show was filmed for a DVD and the whole thing’s over on Hulu if you want to watch it.
When Paramore recorded this song for RIOT!, they invited fans of the band into the studio to sing on the track. When they perform it live, “everybody sing(s) like it’s the last song you will ever sing.”
And yeah - it never fails to give me chills. You can see what the band gives their fans onstage - and you can see what the fans give the band back. For me, the true greatness of Paramore has always been their live shows. This is a phenomenal live band - and you can’t truly experience their music (in my opinion) until you see them live. They’ve made three great records, but live…they take it to another level.
But they weren’t always playing for an arena full of screaming fans…to see how they got here, you have to go back to the beginning…specifically, for me, almost exactly 3 years earlier…
Ah, amazing. “We were born for this” — yes sir!
One of the reasons I love Paramore. They are so aware of their fans and appreciate us. It has been a crazy year as a fan, but I am so so happy to see that they are working hard and making new music for us. This song is very inspiring for me (especially right now) and Hayley’s voice has become such a comfort to me over the past five years. I think I sing along with her more than anyone else …. ask anyone who knows me. I would give my left arm to tell them this all in-person but for now, You’re welcome Taylor, Jeremy and Hayley. Paramore is (still) a band. Thank God!
Paramore: 200k Members / Looking Up (Acoustic)
One of the reasons I love Paramore.
They are so aware of their fans and appreciate us. It has been a crazy year as a fan, but I am so so happy to see that they are working hard and making new music for us.
This song is very inspiring for me (especially right now) and Hayley’s voice has become such a comfort to me over the past five years. I think I sing along with her more than anyone else …. ask anyone who knows me.
I would give my left arm to tell them this all in-person but for now,
You’re welcome Taylor, Jeremy and Hayley.
Paramore is (still) a band. Thank God!
This man needs to be put in time out.
There really is nothing like having a ton of new music to listen to. Tomorrow’s flight will be wonderful because of it.