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Everyone has those bands that their friends or family anticipate them talking about before the first word comes out. In my case, it's Daughtry. You know, pop rock band with former "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry as the lead singer? I've definitely liked their songs for as long as I could remember, which just so happens to be middle school.
Before then, I've caught glimpses of some Daughtry songs via Radio Disney or Kidz Bop commercials, but I didn't really pay much attention. Though, one morning, I was watching music videos on VH1 Jumpstart to kill the time while waiting for the school bus. One of the music videos that came on was the music video for the song "Life After You" and I was definitely paying attention to the song and artists that time. I absolutely loved the song enough to have it on repeat on a "Now That's What I Call Music" CD and that was the only one I loved by Daughtry until "September." I couldn't remember if I enjoyed the lyrics and messages simultaneously, but I did love both.
I wasn't that big of a fanatic, yet, so it took me a while before I came across another song of theirs that was new to me and daydream worthy: "Crawling Back to You" from the Break the Spell album. I came across "Outta My Head" as well, but since I came across the songs out of order, I didn't know if I saw that music video before or after "Crawling Back to You." Both are definitely good at telling stories and keeping the listener awake. I casually listened to some of those songs along with "No Surprise," "Feels Like Tonight" and "It's Not Over," but I guess the flame of my admiration didn't really expand again until around high school when I came across the lyric video for "Waiting For Superman." The colorful comic style, the music, and the message about a desire to make a positive impact was great at drawing me in. I got more enthusiastic when coming across the video for "Battleships" and found out about the new album.
After some time, I was close to going to a concert that consists of Daughtry and the Goo Goo Dolls. Since this was the first concert I'd be going to, I didn't know what songs to expect, so I just looked into Spotify to binge-listen to Daughtry to get ready and, let me tell you, I wasn't disappointed, when listening to Spotify or at the concert.
Even before I heard about the release of the album Cage to Rattle from the single "Backbone," I was able to get a good amount of my fill of storytelling and entertainment via the song "Utopia" and the new songs "Torches" and "Go Down" on the "Greatest Hits" collection.
Right now, I'm 21 and I'm still enjoying Daughtry. I've even been using the power of fan edits in a different fan community I'm in as a way to help promote Daughtry and share the interpretations I can take away from a good amount of songs. Hey, if the local radio stations aren't going to promote anything more than "Home," then who is? Heck, I've been to dances where I wasn't that enthusiastic about the songs or dancing the entire time and I've requested some Daughtry songs that I figured would provide the right amount of energy for the dances, but there was only one dance where I was successful: Prom.
In an era where people are afraid of showing their true colors because of the hatred in the world, songs like "Torches" can help promote love and songs like "Backbone," "Stuff of Legends," and "Deep End" along with others can help promote bravery and strength. Heck, there's even a good chance of songs like "I'll Fight" promoting love, too. And, as if it wasn't clear, not everyone relates to songs that are mainly about partying and clubbing. There are plenty of Daughtry songs that are relatable or can provide a good story that deserve more promotion: "September" and "18 Years" help provide the feeling of nostalgia, "Broken Arrows" tells a story of someone who accepts that they're not perfect and that the mistakes that they've made aren't their fault, and "What About Now" has been used to inspire people.