What do I know about music? It took me the first eighteen years of my life to sort through the nonsense and find a passion that would shape my tastes. One cannot be taught the definition of good music. It happens in an instant, the feeling that washes over you as the first notes are played. The realization that someone defines emotions as you do. That is music to me, the embodiment of emotion. That is why I am a Fan Girl.
By the time I was sixteen, I was quite embroiled in “the scene”. Having a hot shot guitarist boyfriend helped, but it was more than that. It introduced me to a life I had never known existed. There were these people, all my age, doing these amazing things with music. The music meant something. It wasn’t all girl and boys and crushes and lipstick. It was rebellion like I had never known. These kids all wore leather jackets and had things pierced I didn’t even know you could. They smoked and drank and cursed like sailors. Their music had a message. That message resounds through the local Rochester music scene. You cannot bring us down. We are not going away. We own this town.
So here I am, almost ten years later, still highly embroiled in the scene. The bands have changed and progressed. Some of the “locals” are not so local anymore, and I couldn’t be more proud of that. The scene isn’t just a scene anymore, it’s a community. I’ve seen fundraisers and picnics and some amazing damn shows. There are always egos and eccentrics, and sometimes even a little public nudity. I will always be there to support them because this is bigger than me. One has to be the change they want to see in the world. Here in Rochester we do that one show at a time.
Article by Maggie Elise