Music has a way of making a strong emotional connection with people. It can act as therapy when we are feeling down and at out lowest point. Conversely, it can also be our anthem at our moment of triumph when one is on top of the world. One person’s music that I feel is worthy of taking a good listen to is Dave Grohl because he has the ability to but sounds together is a way that connects with his listeners from instrumentals, lyrics, and the overall positive mood to his music. He has also left a tremendous mark on the alternative music scene in over 20 years in the music business with collaboration with the likes of David Bowie, Nine inch Nails and Garbage. He has ever crossed genres and worked with artists such as P. Diddy.
Guitar and Drums are arguably the two most important instruments in the making a great rock music, and Dave Grohl is one the greatest drummers on rock history and is also a very accomplished guitarist as well. Grohl is best known for drum work as the drummer for Nirvana. Nirvana was the most popular alternative band to come out of Seattle in the early 90’s. To this day, Nirvana’s first studio album, Nevermind, is regarded as one of the best and most important albums in rock history. To date, Nevermind sold more than 30 million copies. As a guitarist, Grohl founded the Foo Fighters in 1995 and quickly propelled the band to stardom with their first self titled studio album. The band then went to produced several more albums that include 22 songs that have been on the top 40 charts for a total of just over 700 weeks with Grohl at the helm. Grohl’s masterful drum work is most prevalent as the drummer for Queens of the Stone Age’s 2002 album Songs for the Deaf which include drum solos that would rival the greatest drummers of all time.
Instrumentals alone aren’t the only reason one should take a good listening to Dave Grohl. Another reason would be his slow evolution into a great lyricist over the past decade. Grohl belted out some fun and quirky lyrics in his first album such as in Big Me, “Big me to talk about, I could stand to prove. If we can get around it, I know that it’s true.” By his lyrics evolved into some that had deeper meanings. One of my favorites is in The Colour and the Shape’s Everlong. Some could describe this song as a rock love song with lyrics such as “breath out so I could breath you in” and “And I wonder, when I sing along with you, If everything could be this real forever?” Other good ones include lyrics that bear the name of the title such as Times Like These, where the lyrics state “It’s times like these we learn to love again.” And Best of You, where the lyrics ask “Is someone getting the best, the best, the best of you?”
Dave Grohl can not only be listened to and looked up to because of his instrumental abilities and lyrics, but also because he is a good person and a great role model. Most of his song either fun, upbeat, or deliver and overall good message to the listener. Grohl could also be looked up to as a role model because of this had work and ethics, and because he falls out of the rock and roll norm have stayed away from hard drugs during his career. This can partially be attributed to the early death of his good friend and band mate from Nirvana, Kurt Cobain. Grohl witnessed first-hand the negative impact the drugs had on Cobain’s life.
Dave Grohl has had a life in music which started when he was just in high school, and has spanned well over 20 years. He was made several top hits as a member of the Foo Fighters and was named in Rolling Stone’s top ten drummers of all time. If his lyrics won’t amaze you, then his drumming skills definitely will. Grohl is a great person to look up to and is an example of how to be successful and how to stay successful. For these three reasons, I feel confident that has music will stand the test of time and that he will be talked about well after he is out of the music business.