From a very young age, I was immersed in music, even before I was born. My mother took me to a Guns and Roses’ concert when she was still pregnant with me. Though I wasn’t physically present, I’m sure I was kicking and causing a riot. As I grew older, at a very young age I learned what rock and heavy metal music was. I specifically remember my dad rocking out on his Fender Stratocaster. His amp would be turned up high and he’d be messing around with random notes. He could listen to a song and then after a few tries he’d have it down; no sheet music or anything. He always had an ear for good music and perhaps that is why I grew up with one too. My mom and my dad grew up with the same taste in music for the most part and they subliminally influenced me in the best way possible. Even as a tot and as I grew up into a young child, we had this large stereo console and it’d for the most part always be playing music. Not the typical oldies that many parents listened to, but music like Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Rush, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, etc. I specifically grew attached to the song “No Rain” by Blind Melon. One day as an adolescent, I started signing along to a song that came on what was probably the radio station Alt 103.3 (the only station in Indiana that plays decent music). I had no idea how I knew the lyrics… My mom looked at me and said, “You don’t remember this song?” I could not come up with an answer and just shook my head. Apparently, I used to jump up and down on the couch and run around singing this song. It was one of my favorites as a young girl. Funny how music has that profound of an effect on you, even as a young child. Over the course of my childhood-teenage years, my music taste grew (as you can see from the timeline below).

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All of these albums have transformed the way I view and listen to music. And though they influenced very specific times in my life, they still are influencing me today. I have still never grown out of that little energetic girl or that angsty teenager that used to listen to these bands, but I also have adopted music tastes more of my own. As you can see, I was highly influenced by my environmental surroundings growing up. My ears were mainly bombarded with metal and rock music. As I grew up, I began to identify with myself and adopted my own taste in music but still used my influences to guide me. Now I listen to mainly post-hardcore, metalcore, pop punk, rock, and indie rock, but I still listen to the albums that made me the music listener I am today. All I know is that I wouldn’t change my music timeline for the world, because it gave me an ear for something that isn’t as popular today, but is much more awesome than the music my generation has been producing up to date. Ever since the day I was born, my ears were fine-tuned to the sweet sound of rock and it will remain that way until the day I die.