I am a big lover of many types of music. Music was a huuuge influence in my life from a young age. My parents always had music playing in the house…and the yard…and the car. And like most teenagers, I spent many evenings blaring music in my bedroom, riddled with the typical teen angst….and blared it driving around town with my friends, thinkingknowing I was the coolest.
One of my favorite bands of all time is the Beastie Boys. It started 6th grade when we had a “free day” where it was a day filled with games and parties, and we were allowed to bring in cassettes from home. A friend brought in Licensed to Ill, and we played “Girls” and “Paul Revere” on repeat all day. Of course, the Beastie Boys officially condemned their own song “Girls” and stopped playing it because of it’s misogynistic message later in their career, but at age 12 and not truly understanding the lyrics, I was hooked.
I had the pleasure of seeing the Beastie Boys in 1998 with Rage Against the Machine (another personal top 5 band of all time), and then again, two nights in a row in 2007 at Central Park and McCarren Pool in Brooklyn. That was their first show EVER in Brooklyn, and to say that hearing them play “No Sleep…til Brooklyn” in Brooklyn didn’t bring a tear to my eye would be lying.
So the reason I decided to mourn the passing of Adam Yauch on my blog this week is not only to share with you my love of the Beastie Boys…but to let you in on a little secret. Every time I’m doing anything crafty, I sing this song in my head. Every.Single.Time.
Anyone else feeling a little more than sad about MCA’s passing? Sure, I went out to sing Whitney songs at a karaoke bar the week she passed…but I find myself truly mourning his death. Isn’t it amazing how someone you’ve never met can affect you sometimes? I feel an emptiness right now.
This is the best remix of all of his opening lines that I’ve found so far. RIP MCA…you ARE missed!