Music has been a part of my life since I was in elementary school. I had began playing the violin in third grade and the clarinet in fourth, and this ultimately led me to pick up the several other instruments that I now play: guitar, piano, drums, and ukulele. I have recently joined a band (in progress) as the lead singer, and it is now that I am reflecting on my time involved in music. This passion blog is going to delve into my biggest inspiration in life, the band My Chemical Romance.
Music Suggestion of The Week: My Chemical Romance
I stumbled upon this band on accident while playing songs through iHeart Radio one evening in my room, and to be completely honest, I was treading through a dark place in my life. The days seemed to bring more despair than joy, and my escape came to me through this band alone. You would not pin me as a girl who listens to this genre of music because frankly I wasn’t up until high school. I gradually got into alternative rock and fell deeper in love with the genre as a whole. My favorite part about rock music is its ability to provoke emotions you as an individual didn’t even know you had. It speaks to you through its lyrics and ultimately leaves you changed, better yet inspired. My Chemical Romance is my ultimate inspiration.
Gerard Way, lead singer of the band, was influenced to start the band by the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York City in 2001. Matt Pellisier (who would later be replaced by Bob Bryar), the band’s drummer, was also involved in the creation of the band that would be come to be known as My Chemical Romance. Ray Toro, Mikey Way (Gerard’s brother), and Frank Iero complete the makeup. Mikey Way was working in a Barnes and Noble store when he came across a book titled “Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance”, and thus the name was born.
My Chemical Romance has released five studio albums, one being an anniversary edition, in addition to two-song tracks of songs that had never been released with the albums. “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love” (2002), “Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge” (2004), “The Black Parade” (2006), and “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” (2010) all promoted My Chemical Romance to where it stands today. “Conventional Weapons” is the name of the compilation “album” released between October of 2012 and February of 2013. This album was released as a series of singles.
I have expressed my love for concept albums and power ballads in previous blogs, so it would only make sense that my favorite band contain both of these. My favorite album of the band’s is “The Black Parade” as it explores all walks of life and tragedies associated with each pathway.
My absolute favorite song:
“The Black Parade” album has become what can be considered a plethora of anthems for individuals struggling through all bouts of life. Whether you are dealing with mental illness or loss, My Chemical Romance can offer you whatever it is that you might be looking for in a song.
“Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” is another album of My Chemical Romance’s that contains power ballads and is simultaneously a concept album. Set in the year 2019, My Chemical Romance explores the destruction of society under governmental provisions created by hostility and corruption. These songs tend to give listeners more hope than songs from “The Black Parade”. Nonetheless, all of these songs do not in any way encourage the audience to glorify the side effects of mental illness or loss. These songs encourage the audience to maintain hope through the dark times and to carry on.
Take a listen:
This is my favorite from the album:
If I could recommend any band to you, I would recommend this one. Delving into each of their pieces and lives can bring so much inspiration into your life. Take a listen when you get a chance to. You will not regret it.