Thanks for visiting Teens Do Music. This is a site dedicated to young people who love music, and to their parents, who might need a little guidance in keeping up!
Music was my first love….
I would say that I was generally very happy at school. This was partly because I had a happy home life and some good friends, but also quite largely due to the influence of music. As I reached the awkwardness of teenage life, I was able to escape. Yes you could have said I was a music nerd, but I can’t have been too nerdy as I can honestly say that I never got bullied at school.. I realise that this is almost a rarity for young people these days!?
Friendships were made and strengthened because of music. My best friend at school, Sarah, deserves a shout out here! I doubt that I would have had so much fun escaping into the world of music alone. I think jamming in the back music room during one summer lunch-time is one of my happiest memories from school.. Total escapism! Thank you Sarah 😉
I had a huge love of all kinds of music, and I think it actually helped me to bond with a few of the “cool kids” who I otherwise had nothing in common with.
Funnily, it was our common love of 60s and 70s rock that created that particular bond. This was influenced by my Dad’s amazing record collection (Dad’s can be cool!). My family was very supportive of my interest in music. They always took an interest in what I was doing, and bought me whatever equipment was needed, took me to gigs and so on. Thanks Mum and Dad! 🙂
I learnt classical music via learning to play the flute, jazz via learning to play the saxophone, loved (then-current) grunge music, and later learned that I even loved Hard House and Trance which I had always thought was not real music…oh it certainly is when you find yourself in Amnesia, Ibiza! I’d like to point out that I was older by then, well into my twenties before I went there!
Later on, my younger brother John, took up the guitar and taught himself how to write and record his songs, all within his room at home and using fairly minimal equipment. (Too good not to mention you, John 🙂 x ) The quality was fantastic, maybe I will persuade him to tell you his story on here one day…
Music is within us all..
Now, as a parent myself, I think that having a safe hobby to escape to, can also be an asset to help us get through difficult times in our lives. Making that transition from child to adult is full of highs and lows. I would like to recommend using music as a type of safety-net. We all need to enjoy life, even while we have stressful exams, friendship problems and so on.. With more and more reported cases of teenage mental health issues, it seems like we need to work a little harder to help our teenagers.
I admit that unfortunately there are some risks of bad influences linked with music. There are some appalling lyrics too, music videos verging on hard porn, even songs glamourising suicide… I could go on! It’s sad, but true. I think the world is generally full of all of this and the internet makes it all the more accessible. When and if issues of this nature come along, we need to communicate our feelings about it and deal with it together, not alone. Perhaps even strengthening family bonds in the process.
I just want to point out that, of course, all artists have a whole life outside of what they portray to the public. As a fully fledged adult, we know this. However, it is not always recognised when you have less experience behind you. It’s important that we stay a part of our children’s lives to act as a beacon of light, even as they take on different views, likes and dislikes to our own.
I want to talk about this and many other related subjects on my site, and in doing so help teenagers and their families too.
We might not all love each other’s music, but I’m sure that every person on this planet can relate to music in some shape or form. Let’s use that shared enthusiasm to our advantage. Make music part of your everyday life and feel good for it!
If you ever need a hand reaching something music related on the site or have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,