Thoughts on Music, Rock & Roll and Sharing with Your Teens (from the Vampire Mom)

Don’t tell me that you hate your kid’s music. Tell me that you encouraged them to branch out and listen to something new. Tell me that they discovered someone you like too. Tell me that you sang along to a song together. Tell me that you talk about music with your teen.

About Teens and Concerts

I get a lot of traffic on this blog from parents wondering if it is OK to take their kids to a Black Veil Brides concert. Yes, it is. Of course it is LOUD and everyone wears BLACK but the BVB band members give a great show. They also give a safe show. And they have a good message. If your child is under 13 I would not recommend it. Concerts are loud and everyone is packed in. But check out their web site and fan pages  or CLICK here for my article. I’ve taken a lot of teens (mine and friends) to concerts over the years. If you play it safe, check out the band ahead of time, check out the venue, be cool and be safe then it will be fun.

PLEASE DO NOT be an asswipe and drop off your teen young inexperienced teen alone (your under age 17 teen) without a parent or older sibling/friend who can be with them. That is just stupid. Kids get scared and into trouble if you pull shit like that. Remember YOU are the parent (that means you are mature enough to have kids and are responsible for them until they turn 18.)

Go to the concert. Share the music. Have fun even if it kills you. Most smaller venues have places for adults to sit or stand if the kids want to be someplace else. At BIG concerts, like the Fall Out Boy/Panic! at the Disco concert we saw in San Francisco this past fall, you should sit in the stands with your kids (I sat with 8 of them.) It is fun and you can sing along even if you are old.

Black Veil Brides Church of the Wild Ones Tour - Sacramento, CA

Black Veil Brides Church of the Wild Ones Tour – Sacramento, CA


 Music Education

There is a lot more to music than what is played on the radio. With YouTube, Pandora and the amazing and old-fashioned but highly successful “Word of Mouth”, kids can learn about thousands of wonderful musicians and musical style options. I am delighted at the variety of music the teens in my life listen to. From Japanese Pop to Alternative Pop Punk to Indie Country to Classical – you’d be surprised what inquisitive teens are listening to and talking about. And yes, we still listen to Weird Al together (the kids and me). Encourage you teens to explore music options.

It is also your job, as an adult, to teach the kids in your life about important music in your life. What did you listen to when you were a teen? What music influences your life? What music made you feel? How did the music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s (or whenever) influence social history and the music the kids are thinking about today?





A few more words…

In my household we have a lot of different kinds of music. My brother Andrew is an opera singer. My husband likes heavy metal and classical and punk. My kids like Punk Pop and Alternative. At the skating rink we hear the old fashioned skate music played on an organ. I like it all. OK, I’ll admit that most people think my own taste in music is weird, but it isn’t (but I’ll keep it to myself for now.)

The key, as with everything, is to talk to your kids, share with them and discuss what you’re all listening to. And for YOU the adults – try listening to something new. You might just like it. I know you will.



Related Links on Teens, Music and maybe even a little bit of Vampire stuff (it is all entertaining and/or informative.)


Have fun,

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman




8 thoughts on “Thoughts on Music, Rock & Roll and Sharing with Your Teens (from the Vampire Mom)

  1. You know, I’ve been at concerts and it can be pretty scary and dangerous there. So of course you’re right being responsible with your teens.

    As for the music taste: my boyfriend likes Metal – and I like Country Music – heaven knows how this might work out once we’ll live together. ROFL 🙂

  2. I love this post. My kids mostly my oldest daughter helps me create playlists for my WIPs. We (all 4 kids and I) talk and listen to music all day. They introduce me to newer stuff, sometimes I like it sometimes I don’t, but whats important is the bonding. I haven’t had the guts to take them to concerts yet, but they’re still kind of young.

    • Always do your research and check out the venue and band first. It is seems sketchy then it will be sketchy. Most kids aren’t really ready to go to concerts until they’re 15 or 16. I just depends on what is happening in your town.

      You’re right – it is all about the bonding and sharing. A common comment of mine is “change the station or my head will explode.” On the other hand I’ve been introduced to so much great new stuff too.

  3. I’m always surprised at how much of the 40’s-50’s-60’s music the kids today know about. I’m happy we have Pandora music and I really encourage everyone to share their oldster music with the young crowd. The kids will have something to tell their friends about 😉

    • Pandora, YouTube… even old vinyl – they love to explore and learn – well at least some of them. I’m glad to see so many of them go beyond the top-40 radio stuff.

      Hey, thanks for dropping by.

  4. Pingback: Parenting: Teaching your kids culture, but it is OK if they don’t know a 40 year old band, and don’t be an old fart. | Vampire Maman


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