Thursday, October 08, 2015

ROCKtober Round Up

I love fall. We've touched on this topic, yes? It reminds me of growing up in Wisconsin because fall seemed to last so long. From early September to well after Thanksgiving, though winter did swoop in fairly quickly in December and would not let go until Easter or after. It was fall that I loved. And October was the landlocked state inside of the season. Fall, as far as I was concerned, had everything I needed.

Summer meant mosquitoes. Fall meant caterpillars. Fall wins.
Spring meant allergies. Fall meant soup and s'mores. Fall wins.
Winter meant snow days. Fall meant... okay, sometimes winter wins. But mostly fall.

Fall reminds me of my childhood. I loved to draw pictures of trees with brightly-colored leaves, to wander the neighborhood and smell the mouldering gardens while looking for brightly-colored leaves to bring home and press in heavy books or use to make rubbings with old crayons. My first poem was about fall, it was my first inspiration:
Crunch! Crunch! Crunch! Crunch!
That's what all the leaves say
When my friends and I
Go out to play.
In October in the Milwaukee area, the radio stations called it ROCKtober. It was silly, it was ridiculous, but it was home. So now when October rolls around, I get into ROCKtober mode. Past years, I've challenged myself to do a post a day about music. I have posted playlists and record reviews and random music-related all kinds of stuff.

But the playlist app doesn't play anymore (pour one out for my homies) and I just don't know that I have that much to say about music this month. Big sigh.

So what I am doing is instagramming my ROCKtober posts with a song a day (sometimes more). Let me share five music-related things I'm loving right now:

1. The Turned Out a Punk podcast by Damian Abraham. It's very sweary and very awesome. He interviews someone who loves punk music every episode. The one I'm currently listening to is an interview with Laura Jane Grace, lead singer of Against Me! and the next guest listed is Anthony Bourdain. It's delightfully random, and Abraham is almost as easily distracted as I am and he runs off on these tangents all the time. As a person who came to punk later in life, these episodes are helping me see that I really just picked up and ran with the thread that was there all along.

2. My inner geek girl is also loving the Switched on Pop podcast, which takes a popular song and dissects it using music theory and psychology to dig up why the song is so contagious. It's smart and fun to listen to. I don't think that I've ever given songs as much thought as these guys have, but when they tear apart Adele's Someone Like You and show you the parts that make the whole, you see how brilliant the people behind the music are.

Featuring: trumpet music
3. New(ish) music by The Prodigy, which I find very awesome for running or editing. Bass-heavy, electronic, dance by these dudes who scared the crap out of me when I first heard them in the early 90s (and I still listen to The Fat of the Land on a regular basis).

4. My kid plays the trumpet in band and has asked us to buy him a trombone. He loves music and we've been throwing music his way, all sorts of genres, everything with trumpets. We told him before we invest in a trombone, he needs to master at least one song on the trumpet. He's playing quite a few but has been working on Taps. It's awesome. Meanwhile, we're having fun digging in.


  1. Sigh. I love ROCKtober, too. It's a virtual playground for those of us who love things that go bump in the night, cool evenings, chili and soup. But I'm jealous - I totally have fall allergies. Cotton fields both in front of and behind my house don't help, either.

    Well....I have a new blog now. I hope you'll get to check it out one of these days. I hope this one will last a while, and help me find my voice again!

    1. Ooh, love the new blog name! Thanks for stopping by! :)