I’m gonna talk about my favorite band (even though they aren’t together anymore) – My Chemical Romance.
(Wait she likes MCR???? But she said she likes One Direction and Taylor Swift?? – Yeah and I also like classical music, jazz, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra. My music taste is complicated. Back off.)
My Chemical Romance is a punk rock band that hails from New Jersey. And I love them. A lot (like I used to celebrate their birthdays… by myself).
The lead singer is Gerard Way and he has a voice like none other. It’s haunting and beautiful and raspy and total rock n roll.
His little brother, Mikey Way, is the bass player for the band. He specifically learned how to play the bass so he could be in the band.
One of the guitarists is Ray Toro. He is probably one of the most talented guitar players on earth. Seriously. He’s awesome.
The other guitarist is Frank Iero. He is probably the craziest guitarist out there and it is sheer entertainment watching him play.
MCR has gone through several drummers. They’ve all left or been kicked out of the band because they are not nice people, or they get drunk, or they steal money (except Bob… Bob was awesome and I miss him).
I first learned about MCR in JR High when I saw the music video Helena. I loved it but my Mother would not let me listen to non-Christian music so I didn’t get my hands on one of their albums until 2007. I know kids say “Music saved my life” or “This band saved my life” all the time and it can get pretty cliche. But My Chemical Romance really did help me through a really hard time in my life. My parents made me go to a college I hated and I lost a lot of my friends when I went there and I was terrible at making new friends. MCR became like a companion to me. Songs like ‘I’m not Okay” – “Teenagers” – “Famous Last Words” – etc. really helped me deal with some of the feelings I was going through. I didn’t have anyone to talk to, so instead I would listen to MCR and try to cope (I’m insanely good at coping today… I rarely deal with my feelings. Which is why I have the emotional capacity of a robot.).
MCR’s first album was “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love” – it was not my favorite, mostly because Gerard wasn’t sober yet and you can tell when you compare this album to the others. The others are better.
The second album was “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” – great album. My favorite song on it is ‘Helena’ – which is my favorite MCR song of all time.
Their third album was “The Black Parade” – basically the most epic album ever that tells a beautiful story. My favorite song on it is ‘Famous Last Words’.
Their fourth album was “Danger Days: True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” – this album was definitely different from all the others and it was phenomenal. My favorite song on it is – ‘The Only Hope For Me Is You’.
Earlier this year My Chemical Romance decided to end their days as a band. I’m not gonna lie, I cried like a freakin baby. But all good things must come to and end right? One of my biggest regrets is that I never got to see them in concert. I’ve watched countless YouTube videos of their concerts but I never actually got to be there.
MCR graciously released their last songs this year as well. During the time that they made the decision to end the band they released 5 sets of songs on iTunes. Each “album” had 2 or 3 songs on it.
I wish I could tell them how much they mean to me, how I will always love and respect them, and how I miss them a lot. I’m happy that they are happy with their wives and little families. Rock on My Chem. Rock on.