So it appears that I came down with the flu (or some other similar respiratory virus) over the weekend. I went to work Friday night feeling like I might have had the beginnings of a cold but I wasn’t worried because I figured it was just allergies since the pollen has been off the charts here lately. However, by the time I left work the next morning I had a bad feeling there was a bit more wrong than just simple springtime allergies. This was largely because after walking up the three flights of stairs in the parking deck I found myself out of breath which is NOT normal for me. By that evening it was obvious I had a fever, & I barely slept that night due to the fever coupled with severe congestion, coughing, & horrible body aches.
I’m still intermittently febrile which is apparently causing me to be a bit delirious. Ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but I seriously just drove to the grocery store to return a Red Box DVD only to realize once I was there that what I had picked up was actually a CD, NOT the Red Box movie. Oops.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m a total baby when I’m sick, but I must also confess that there is an upside to being sick, namely that it gives me an excuse to lie around on the couch reading, listening to music, & watching movies/YouTube videos without the least amount of guilt. In so doing I have discovered two new (to me) bands this weekend which have made this flu significantly more bearable.
On Saturday night while perusing YouTube I finally decided to give Black Veil Brides a listen. I’ve heard their name tossed about a lot over the past year or two, but for some reason I always assumed they were just a bunch of overgrown teenagers full of way too much angst. However, I quickly realized that that initial assessment was entirely incorrect. These guys are actually extremely talented & wise beyond their years. They are indeed young; in fact the lead singer, Andy Biersack, is only 25 but if you read up on his life & listen to his interviews you will quickly realize he is a very educated, industrious, & eloquent young man (he seriously has a great vocabulary which only serves to increase my respect for him of course). Despite the fact that I’ve never been all that enamored with 1980s acts like Kiss & Motley Crue, I can’t help but admire the fact that someone who’s my age (actually a few years younger) was so inspired by those types of bands that he created his band largely in their image, yet with a sound that’s all his own. Right now I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of both the third & fourth BVB albums which I ordered on Amazon this weekend. If you’re not familiar with the band, please do yourself a serious favor & check out my favorite song of theirs (thus far).
Through my internet browsing, I also quickly discovered that Andy Biersack, alternately known as Andy Black, has a solo album coming out in early May. When I watched this interview this morning & heard Andy describe how the first single from the album is about his social anxiety, I couldn’t help but feel a kindred spirit talking to me. It’s like he was reading my mind when he wrote the song. Perfection!
The other band I “discovered” this weekend is Asking Alexandria. Again, this was another band I’ve heard & read a lot about over the past few years but given their reputation for being a bunch of wild party animals I was just never very interested in actually listening to their music. However, after hearing Andy Biersack reference their (former) lead singer Danny Worsnop in an interview, I figured the band might be worth at least a cursory listen. As it turns out, Danny left the band early last year & was replaced by Denis Stoff, a 23 year old from Ukraine. It became apparent to me very quickly that Danny wasn’t a great loss to the band & that Denis is actually a far better fit with, in my opinion, a much more interesting voice. I’m very impressed with the first single from their brand new album The Black which just debuted this past Friday. This haunting track called The Lost Souls has also caught my attention. It’s very rare that a band can lose their lead singer & find a replacement who’s even better but Asking Alexandria has done exactly that.
So yeah, this flu or whatever it is sucks. But I can’t complain about the subsequent discovery of some great new (to me) music thanks to having such an inordinate amount of time to be blissfully lazy & not have to feel guilty for it.
In conclusion, I’d like to end this post with a link to a picture of Andy Biersack with his grandmother. I found it on his Instagram this weekend, & the picture just warmed my heart so much that I feel compelled to share it with my readers. Here is a young man who is a heavily tattooed rock star who frequently wears black eyeliner & other makeup, has multiple earrings & a nose ring (& sometimes a lip ring), & is often dressed in black leather or other typical rock star gear. And yet here is smiling & holding hands with his adorable grandmother who, for the record, doesn’t look the least bit terrified of her not so traditional grandson. This picture is just proof to me that love can conquer all boundaries of age, race, religion, & any of the other superficial labels we so often use to categorize ourselves, & furthermore that those who choose to judge by appearances are indeed missing out on a whole world of opportunities. You can view the adorable picture here.