Welcome to this Months feature! Now, January is a time when it is the start of something new and everything fresh! With that means that people are always on the lookout for new music! Well, this feature may not bring you a lot of new music but it will welcome you into my world! Music is a huge part of my life – if i am not listening to it, i am playing my guitar or keyboard or even writing a post for this site (Off The Record).

So to start off 2018 I wanted to write about a topic I love and I came across this daily challenge so I thought why not turn it into an article! So here we go! Lets start with the first in this monthly feature – Lost in Music (You probably have that song stuck in your head now its by Sister Sledge)

A Song that Holds A Lot of Meaning To You: In The End – Linkin’ Park

This was a topic I had to think long and hard about because the only music I could originally think of was by a group that helped me through a tough time as a teen but due to these awful things their lead singer has done i refuse to talk about them or name them and I am so angry at them – not just because of what they have done and whose lives they have ruined but also because they were the soundtrack to a lot of my teens and I spent so many hours listening to their songs over and over again to get through college because I hated it so much and spent a lot of time lost in their music.

So i had to try and think of other songs – there are a lot of songs that hold a lot of meaning to me and all for many different reasons, some more important than others. So I am going to go down a more light hearted route then something serious instead. I loved pop music, I loved listening to S Club 7, Steps, 5ive when i was growing up and when Blue became a band they were something i loved listening to – they were everything I wanted from a band. Then when I was 13 I was in the bike sheds with my girl mates before school and I was introduced to a new band called Linkin’ Park and their song In The End changed what i listened to the rest of my teenage years.

That one song was like nothing I had ever heard of before and it sort of awoke me from the pop genre. Now don’t get me wrong I grew up listening to Bon Jovi, Queen etc but when you are a kid you love pop and dance routines so when something like Linkin’ Park comes along its new and exciting. It opened up this world for me, which it did for so many people my age and I loved this new style of music.

Even to this day I Love In The End, I love the music format, I know all the rap and lyrics off by heart, it was a melody i wanted to learn on keyboard they were a band I wanted to listen to. I never saw Linkin’ Park live and if i am honest, i don’t regret it. I don’t mean that in a bad way I love their music and know they are amazing live but i don’t think I could cope.

There were a few bands I desperately wanted to see live, one was the band I will not name above and they dissapointed me very much when i did and then there is Blink-182 where it was just such a magic night for me that it feels like a dream and all my videos self corrupted so even though i have a short Youtube video that’s all i have and I still feel mesmerized by the fact I was in the same room as the group i grew up listening to on repeat and regularly and never thought I would see live (especially since Tom Delonge is one of my heroes). That’s sort of how I see Linkin’ Park they were a magical band and whilst they were never my favourite, their music will always hold a tremendously special place in my heart.