Lately we’ve been listening to a lot of grunge in the house. After picking up David Grohl’s memoir The Storyteller, Tales of Life and Music, I can’t get enough 90s alternative. I’ve been blasting Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Goo Goo Dolls, REM, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, and Radiohead, to name a few.
Pandora and Amazon Music have helped me put together a really fun playlist.
I cannot remember the last time I listened to any of this music. I was a teenager a long time ago, and my musical tastes have shifted as different kinds of music have become available, not to mention my need to play “kiddie appropriate music,” which mostly consists of Cocomelon, Baby Shark, and Going on a Bear Hunt.
Filling the house with this new energy has been enthralling, fun, exciting, and so much more. There is a nostalgia and familiarity that comes with listening to the head-banger music I appreciated in my youth. But, oddly, it has also brought in room for peace.
I’ve shown the kids a few videos of David Grohl drumming. I find his presence to be so focused and connected with the energy of his music that after watching, I’m inspired. And feeling inspired always brings peace.
Check out this video of Grohl playing drums for Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. LM3 has dubbed this the “wet hair man video.” Grohl gets so into the music, he’s sweating in no time, his wet hair tossing back and forth with the rhythm of his movements.
Not only is the music itself remarkable. Watching Grohl connect to his notes and beat the $hit out of his drums shows how present he is. Nothing exists but the drums. And in full presence, there is nothing but peace.
In our home this week, we’re recapturing the peace found in music, without only listening to soft “plinky plinky” music, as LM2 calls it. You know what I mean, the Kenny G, the spa water trickle music that puts us to sleep. We can find peace in the chaotic, crazed, syncopated beats of rock music. And it’s been a pretty cool experience.
What brought you peace? Share the peace!