Band: The Vanilla Milkshakes
Album: “Punching Cows”
Release date: 4/2/2019
Band members (per Facebook):
David McGhee – vocals/guitar
Frank Registrato – drums/vocals
JanKarl Haynes – guitar/vocals
Jeff Brink – bass/vocals
Mike King – bass/vocals
The Vanilla Milkshakes
Release date: 4/2/2019
One of the main reasons I love music is for the perspectives that music can provide. Music relays the tribulations of others so much more completely than writing or other forms of communication, in my opinion. The reason is, when you hear these messages in music, they’re amplified by the intensity and emotion of the instrumentation, and poetically arranged in a way that makes me think more about what the words are saying than what the words are, themselves.
The starkest revelations I’ve gotten from music have come from hip hop and rap. Perhaps because the views and experiences expressed in those genres paint a vastly different picture from the life I’ve known, and caused me to think HARD about some of the things I once believed, how I’ve treated people (unknowingly), and how I’ve had to change in order to help spread this knowledge to others like me, who may have been ignorant of how our thoughts and beliefs affect the lives of other people.
This is the experience I had while listening to “Punching Cows,” by The Vanilla Milkshakes.
The Vanilla Milkshakes are Denver’s only punk band comprised entirely of autistic members; and their music has a lot to say about how they feel on a day to day basis. The songs made me think back about how I talk… about how I act… about how I treat people… about times I’d done things right, and times I’d done things wrong… about how I personally felt, way back on the Elementary School playground, when I was excluded from the frivolity that was shared by everyone else after lunch and during recess or gym class.
A lot of the music is about feeling excluded and left out; or otherwise feeling undeserving, as a result of being left out and excluded. A lot of the music is about the frustration of losing friends.
I’ve been listening to this album for over two weeks now, and I’ve found a lot in my life that I need to atone for; and some things that I need to make right.
This album highlights some of the things I love most about music, as a whole. It’s an incredible album, and I highly recommend it to all who read this.
THIS is why I love this job!