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Music and high school

It's the first week of my senior year of high-school, and I'm not very excited. It truly rseems like just another year with people I don't particularly care for (get used to it, reh?) Over the past three years I've changed quite a bit. I've come quite a long way rmusically and as a person, so here's a list to accompany my journey
1Billy Talent
Billy Talent

Looking back, freshman year was pretty pitiful. I never felt like an underclassmen, I was in a bunch
of junior-level classes and aside from my friend group, I didn't give a shit about anyone my age. I
liked some pretty horrible music, and seeing it now, it really was because I never had any influence
from anyone who was musically knowledgable. I was pretty pissed at the world at that point,
typical shit from a person that age. But I did end up meeting a teacher who I would later connect
with on a musical level
2Avenged Sevenfold
Waking the Fallen
3Cult of Luna
Somewhere Along the Highway

At this point in time, sophomore year was rolling around, and I had been playing the drums for 10-
ish years. It's quite the douchey thing to say, but for the music I listened to, I personally had
reaches a pinnacle as far as musicianship goes. My drumming abilities were moving faster than my
musical interests, so due to that, music was getting boring to play, so I started listening to some
different types of music. I ventured into the spheres of progressive and post-rock/metal and have
yet to come back. It was just so intriguing, and I found myself truly entranced by the music I was
listening to. I met back up with the teacher I had the previous year, and we would just sample
different pieces of music, helping broaden our tastes. I had way too much time for to listen and
play due to the fact that I basically slipped through the cracks with just about everything, I wasn't
really involved with much, and I never saw eye-to-eye with anyone aside from my core group of
4Between the Buried and Me
5The Ocean

Junior year, (well actually sophomore year and the summer before junior year) I met Lilly, who is
just absolutely magnificent. Being around her allowed me to learn how to truly appreciate
something very fondly, and I used that with music. I can't believe the amount of stuff I listened to
that year. I love(d) a lot of modern progressive metal and rock, along with some great post
metal/rock, alternative, indie, and post-hardcore. I met some of the I.T. guys my dad worked with,
and we started an instrumental post-rock group with some progressive leanings called Roots and
Ruins. We are actually recording our record in the present time and it's one of the most excited
experiences of my hound life. I did manage to keep my grades up decently amongst all of the
music and work (fuck subway), so I was generally pleased with that.
6The Mars Volta
De-Loused in the Comatorium
My Arms, Your Hearse

Senior year is revving it's engine, and while everyone tells me to sit back and enjoy it, there's way
too much going. On top of the band and work, paired with school is an internship I've been given by
my school at a recording studio. So, I leave school and go work there a few hours every day. On top
of that, next semester I am going to be dual-enrolled at my local community college to get some
liberal arts credits out of the way. Amongst all of that, I'm still managing to enjoy as much music
as ever, and I'm trying to soak in as much as I can. I'm trying to listen to all of the groups that
have played a huge roll on the modern music I love, and I'm loving nearly every album I'm listening
to. Still with my girlfriend, and all is well there. So life is hectic but enjoyable at this point in time.
My band is recording and I'm looking forward to playing shows (locktender tour..?) and promoting!

After graduating, I'm hoping to go to Lawrence Tech University to studio Audio Engineering
Technology. Very exciting guys, very exciting.
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