"I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not." – Kurt Cobain
No fan of grunge music is a stranger to the aforementioned words. In a world full of ‘white shirt and black tie’ penguins who are busy chasing the sun to make ends meet, it takes courage to be a peacock. It takes courage to be your own person, to dream your own dreams, and to live your own life. Blessed are those who have it, for they will scale great heights if they haven’t already. Doing something with only half of your heart is a waste of your time. Faking something just to blend in is a mistake. Take off your masks. Flaunt your true colors. Taste life. Stay true. Unfake.
Here are 7 songs that will keep your fire burning.
Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
The lyrical content of this ballad resonates the thought and the emotion behind Tagore’s ‘Ekla Cholo Re’. David Coverdale shows off a voice that can go from a whisper to a scream, while his then wife Tawny Kitaen sends the mercury level soaring for men who are now in or around their forties. You may have watched the video countless times before. Then again, some fans leave their engines running just to listen to it one more time before stepping out of their cars. There’s got to be a good reason for it.
We Weren’t Born To Follow – Bon Jovi
The chorus of this song includes this message: “We weren't born to follow! You gotta stand up for what you believe!” So once again, don’t try to blend in. Walk with the giants, because you really do rise or fall to the level of your association. Shine your true light. Inspire originality.
Stand Up And Shout – Dio
Ronnie James Dio [July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010] is one of the most technically proficient rock singers that ever walked the face of this planet. Just so you know, he denied voice training to retain his individuality. He stayed true. So when his voice goes ‘Stand Up And Shout’, that’s exactly what you should do... to celebrate his life and yours too.
Gotta Have Faith – Europe
Sometimes, life will beat you blind. But as the song title goes, you “Gotta Have Faith”. Europe is a band that has weathered many storms. From worldwide success with ‘Final Countdown’ to their current day hits, they have seen stardom and they have seen it all fall through the cracks. Yet, there’s no stopping now. That’s the power of reinvention, the power of staying true to what you believe in. The lyrics are almost autobiographical. Listen. Watch. Be inspired.
14 Years – Guns N’ Roses
This song has a strong emotional grip on me for a very personal reason. It reminds me of the time I served under the corporate sun for 14 long years. The designations were fancy but they attempted to kill the child inside me and transform me into someone I wasn’t ready to trade my life with. So I feel his pain when Izzy Strandlin in this video screams: “Well it’s been 14 years of silence. It’s been 14 years of pain. It’s been 14 years that are gone forever and I’ll never have again.” So my sincere wish for you is that you find your true calling and know your life’s purpose. Don’t trade it for anything. Some things are worth fighting for.
Ballad Of Youth – Richie Sambora
The secret to lifelong youth is to enjoy your life. In this video, Richie Sambora will tell you more. Yes, the same Richie Sambora who handled guitar duties in Bon Jovi for over thirty years. If the song isn’t on you iPod, now would be a good time to put it there.
Courage – Orianthi
Orianthi personifies girl power in more ways than one. From being Michael Jackson’s last guitar player to touring with Alice Cooper and currently collaborating with Richie Sambora, she has seen more life than most 29 year olds have. This is perhaps attributable to the fact that she had the courage to be a peacock in a world dominated by penguins. Yes, the courage to be her own person, to dream her own dreams, and to live her own life. May that ‘courage’ find you too.
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Article by: 2Blue
2Blue (a.k.a Tirthankar Poddar) forayed into the Mumbai rock circuit in 2000. Having gained notoriety for his powerful high-pitched singing and on-stage charisma, he was soon invited to sing for Vayu. After 5 years in Vayu and countless monumental shows, 2Blue formed the hard rock band Zedde (pronounced z?d). Always a man for his heroes, the self-taught singer attributes his vocal prowess to his childhood heroes: David Coverdale, Joe Lynn Turner, Ian Gillan, Ronnie James Dio, and Bruce Dickinson. For him, if a thing was good once, it always is.
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