Today’s post is the result of a little blog swap between myself and Danielle of I Dig Music. (Click that link to read my post on her blog about why I dig music!) As fellow music fans and bloggers with a TON of bands in common, we thought it would be fun to get a monthly series going, so say hello to #MusingMelodies! Each month we’ll be sharing thoughts on various music topics on our respective blogs and asking you to join in the fun. We have a lot of great ideas in store and can’t wait to share them. But for today, I’d love for you to get to know Danielle and what it means to her to be a “Good Groupie”:
When I first came across Miranda’s blog I was intrigued. Not just because she put a positive spin on the word “groupie” (but whoa—props for that!), not just because she was a fellow Hanson fan (props for that too), and not just because she had great taste in music…I was reeled in because her posts focused on the experience of being a music fan. She wasn’t just reviewing albums from week to week; she was talking about so much more than that. It’s so relate-able as a fellow music geek.
One of my favorite movies is “Almost Famous”. But as Miranda so eloquently pointed out: I didn’t love the movie because I wanted to be Penny Lane (although I’ll admit: I have recreated that scene where she’s dancing around the empty venue in real life after a Will Hoge show, and it was quite the moment.) — I loved it because I wanted to be William.
I have always been majorly curious about everything music-related just like he was. I wanted to know all the little details: the thought process behind every chord progression, why a band chose a certain song title over another, how my favorite artists decided which songs to release as singles or what went into planning a tour.
I wanted the inside scoop on the music and bands I loved, and I was SO jealous of William for getting to experience that in the movie. But I thought of something William didn’t have that I do: music-loving friends who give me an outlet to geek out and explore all the little details of music with absolutely no shame.
If you ask me, there are two different types of music fans. Some people are what I’d call “casual music fans”. They’ll go to an occasional outdoor summer concert (usually with lawn seats and a lot of beer), and they’re only familiar with whatever songs are on the radio—and hey, that’s okay!
Then there are “Good Groupies”: music fans who want to check out every legendary venue they can, who go to see their favorite band multiple times per tour (because NO live show is ever the exact same as the night before), who can bond with a complete stranger while sitting in line for a concert because they just “get it”, and who aren’t satisfied with just the mainstream Top 40 hits.
Once you’ve had a taste of any of these things, I promise you…it is impossible to even think about turning back.
Good Groupies are the fans who want to dig deeper and find music that tugs at their heart strings, makes them think, cry, smile and reminisce…they want to find music that makes them feel something. And sometimes (if you’re lucky), half the fun of finding that music is the friends you make along the way.
As a self-certified Good Groupie, I am so excited to team up with Miranda on this little monthly #MusingMelodies series. We have some really fun and interesting topics we’ll be writing about, and it’s going to be a cool way to interact with our fellow music fans.
Let us know what topics you want to join in with us on. Bucket list venues? Lyrics we wish we’d written? Letters to our 13-year-old-music-loving selves? Unforgettable live music moments we’ve experienced? Things music has taught us? Crazy things we’ve done in life in the name of our favorite bands?
I know we all have some amazing stories, thoughtful opinions and notable musical recommendations, and this is going to be a really unique way to share these things with each other.
Danielle Long is an avid music fan living in Cleveland, OH. She loves documenting her musical adventures, taking photos and meeting other music fans—whether it’s online, around town, or waiting in line at a show. Follow her on Twitter at @daniellelyn for random ramblings and her subscribe to her blog, www.idigmusic.net, for longer (but still random) ramblings.