When Liv asked me to write for Wolfsbane I'm sure she was thinking "oh, there's no way James can screw THIS up", while I was thinking "ehhh, let's see, I can think of a few ways". I was also going to write an article about the very severe lack of light saber duels in the pit, then after a cup of coffee, figured I'd leave that for another day, but anyways, here it goes.
I remember being at my first show, Warped Tour 2004, my uncle took me and was having fun consuming what he and my mom called "Parent Juice" I'm sure you can do the math. I was just amazed at how energetic and insane all of the bands were. There was Avenged Sevenfold, All-American Rejects, Anti-Flag, Alkeline Trio and of course Fall Out Boy to name a few. I was sold, from that moment I knew that was all I wanted to do and it truly saved my life. I, of course wouldn't realize this until much, much later.
Now here I am, 13 years later, and thanking bands like Gwen Stacy, Forevermore, As The Fallen Rise, Foreveratlast, The Day After and for alot of you here lately Vices To Veils and Home Sweet Home(formerly Crunkasaurus Rex), just to name some from the extensive list that saved my life. I have a literal list of albums that forever changed, shaped, and made me into the oh so wonderful ball of anxiety, pizza, coffee and tasteful dad jokes I am today.
Marilyn Manson, Fleetwood Mac, and Haste The Day are some of the bands that made it on that list and have made a lasting impression on me and got me through some extremely rough times. It's incredible how Important music is for our growth as people. It is amazing that one single word sang musically can change someone forever. Music gives us an outlet and a sound track for our lives. It warps and shapes itself as we grow. Our music tastes, our emotional periods, significant events, etc. As a time-line of sorts, certain albums for me mean more than others. Certain bands kind of create a "flashback" into the past for me, hence the "time-line effect". It blows my mind what an affect the psychological aspect of music can have on us. To some people it's just a "song", but for me every riff, word, snare hit, and punchy bass chord truly saved my life, and I know I'm not alone in this. Music brings people together, it allows us to share certain moments we never thought we'd be able to bring up without judgment to people that we would have never met if it weren't for something that seems so minuscule, but is really a pinnacle for a lot of people. I might not be alive today and music is the sole reason for that, it runs through my blood and veins, and is with me down to my very core. For those who are near and dear to me, I know you feel the same way.
I'm going to stop writing now and find a snack. If you read this entire thing, bless you. I love you all.
(Also thank you to DJ Kennedy and Tony Gebhard for their input while I wrote this)
Photos by Jeremy Keeney**
Written by James Fritz