Punk Rock Medicine

My life, my business, my greatest joys, and some of my deepest hurts have been shaped by my love for punk rock and music in general.  Don’t get me wrong, I can’t PLAY an instrument to save my life.  But the majority of my middle school, high school, and college years were spent either at shows or with my headphones in, music turned WAY up and being carried away by anyone from Johnny Cash, Bad Religion, Against Me!, and The Clash to local OC bands that no one’s ever heard of (and probably never will).   I wasn’t trying to escape.  It was actually the opposite.  I finally heard something that sounded familiar, that sounded like everything I thought and felt but didn’t have the words to express.  It was my medicine.

This was the first song that I fell HARD for.  I listened to it over and over and over…I grew up in Orange County, CA, the same place Social Distortion is from, and so I definitely felt some geographic solidarity.  But more than that, I loved the rawness of Mike Ness’s words…and voice…and guitar.  And while I realize not everyone appreciates good old fashioned punk rock, the sentiment conveyed by this song in particular rings true for all of us rebel sensitive souls.

It’s the “don’t tell me what to do” combined with the “sometimes it’s all a little (or a lot) too much” attitude.  To me the underlying message of the song is this…Everyone’s got some shit in their past they’d rather had never happened.  We carry the stories of our ancestors with us.  Our families pass on beliefs that we may reject.  AND we all have the ability to see it for what it is, say “thanks but I’m done with that”, and go on to do something great with the incredible souls and powerful (albeit sometimes painful) lessons we’ve learned.

For those of us trying to set ourselves apart, to do something different that the world desperately needs, this song is for you…


7 thoughts on “Punk Rock Medicine

  1. I can really relate to this, Katie! Punk rock certainly has a specific energy to it that can get people into action. I used to listen to it all the time in my car when I was transitioning from being an employee to entrepreneur. 🙂

  2. No wonder I like you Katie, I fell in love with punk rock when I was in college. Boston was quite the punk rock town back in the day. I loved feeling rebellious and different and a little dangerous dancing in my Doc Martens in the mosh pit at the Rat amongst other places ;).

  3. Ah Katie!!! You just Rocked My World!!! “The Exploited ~ Let’s Start a War” Album was my 1st commissioned Mural on the side of a Building 🙂 Those were the days…lol…I LOVE punk because of the rebellious nature of it yes. It spoke to me as well (still does when I am in a particular mood) and allowed me an outlet and a connection with the world that I was feeling so estranged from. Music is my life’s blood and it feeds my soul as you know so seeing this and hearing you “BRING IT” (you that is) and allowing us access to that piece of your Soul is such a gift!! xoxoxox

  4. I loved punk and New Wave music wayyyyy back in the day, late 70s and 80s! Fun to hear it again! So energizing! Love hearing your relationship to it, Katie! I did enjoy the counter culture aspect back then and the unbridled energy expenditure. I danced for hours, really hard til 4am in Montreal- those were the days! I could use a little right now!

  5. hey Katie, this really spoke to me! Really expressing who you are fully and leading from that place, letting go of what holds us back and really using what we have experienced to find our path in life… love this AND love this music too. xo, K

  6. Katie, this post delights me! So many memories, feeling states and experiences connected to songs and albums and artists I love. Medicine, indeed! And I love getting a little peek into your musical life. Thank you.

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