I am a child of the hard rock 1970s. I loved parties and dancing to disco, but my heart was already given to Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, and others. As I have gotten older, this is still how I am. I went through a phase in the 90s where Alternative and Grunge were my favorites ... Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, REM, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden.
At 56 years old, my taste in music hasn't tamed much. If anything, it's now more diverse and eclectic ... I like just about everything. My 6-disk CD changer in the Jeep currently holds One Republic, Fall Out Boy, Eminem, Adele, Metallica, and (one of my very favorites) Disturbed.
David Draiman, the lead singer, has one of the best and most expressive voices out there in any genre. Disturbed is a hard rock band, for sure, but the messages in their lyrics are almost always positive, encouraging, and empowering. Here's an example from one of my favorite Disturbed songs ("I'm Alive" from 2005) ... lyrics that always make me better when it feels like life is stepping all over me.
Never again will I be dishonored
And never again will I be reminded
Of living within the world of the jaded
They kill inspiration, it's my obligation
To never again allow this to happen
Where do I begin?
The choices are endless
Denying the sin
My art, my redemption
I carry the torch of my fathers before me
The thing I treasure most in life cannot be taken away
There will never be a reason why I will surrender to your advice
To change myself, I'd rather die
Though they will not understand
I will make the greatest sacrifice
You can't predict where the outcome lies
You'll never take me alive.
Disturbed's new album is one of the best yet! Included on it is an amazing version of "The Sound of Silence", the old Simon and Garfunkel song. If you haven't had a chance to hear it yet, prepare to be amazed at the depth of emotion and control in Draiman's voice. This live version of the song is even better than the studio recording ... and the studio version is pretty incredible. Turn up your sound, click on the video, and prepare to love it as much as I do.
(I could SO see him singing the role of Javert in Les Miserables ... see if you agree.)
Disturbed is on tour right now, and they will be coming to a venue near me on July 10. I have tickets ... I'm so excited that it's hard to contain myself.
Once a hard rock fan, always a hard rock fan. It keeps me from getting old.
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