Ever since 2006, when I began middle school, I've noted how many different styles of music people my age listen to. I hear raves about everything from hip-hop to jazz, Korean music to techno, and even French rap. The one musical topic I hear the most about- prominently in adolescent males- is metal, a type of music with lots of screaming and angry, fierce rock guitars. While ancient classics such as Led Zeppelin and ACDC are still honoured as rock gods, heavy metal continues to be an exuberant source of angst-releasing music for teenagers. The genre I'm used to hearing less and less about, even with my own family, is classical music. While I appreciate almost all types of music, I think that classical music is still very important to today's society. Most teenagers and young adults in my age group have never admitted to willingly listening to classical outside of school.
In 2007, I became a large System of a Down fan. They are one of the loudest, most ambient (in my mother's opinion, most obnoxious) heavy metal groups. They broke up a few years ago when the lead singer, Serj Tankian, decided to go solo. Their music is still highly appreciated among teenagers these days.
I've listened to one particular track from the album Toxicity, released in 2001, called "Aerials." It's one of the least screaming-death-metal-including tracks on that album, even including an Armenian folk tune at the end as a hidden track. Aerials is the last song on Toxicity, and was hidden behind the pop-culture curtain of their megahit, Chop Suey, on the same album. So many people know Chop Suey, and so little people know Aerials. So I thought to myself, "What if I decided to combine a very popular genre of music with a less popular genre?"