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THIS MUSIC WASN’T BLASTED INTO MY BRAIN AS A CHILD; THIS WAS ME LISTENING BECAUSE I WANTED TO LISTEN
Madeleine McQueen & The Breeze
Madeleine McQueen Rochester, NY
While her pure pop roots are evident in her flowing song-writing styles, Madeleine grabs ahold of folk and blues influences and expertly places them into songs when needed. Her soft pop vocals can also turn into harder croons at the drop of a blues riff. Madeleine McQueen and the Breeze’s debut EP Entangled came out last year.
My parents never forced music on me when I was growing up. I had my little MP3 filled with pop tunes. I was very against “old people music” when I was a kid; this, to me, was John Mayer, Norah Jones, and Jack Johnson. My vein was more Nelly Furtado, Shakira, and Christina Aguilera.
The cool thing about having my own world of cheesy pop songs, was that when I finally started delving into music around 16 years old, my whole world opened up. I had never heard Nirvana or Queen, and I was thrown into these new sounds and emotions that I’d never touched on before. The lyrics, the melodies, the instrumentations all blew me away. I would pick an artist and listen to their influences, and then that artist’s influences. This cycle brought me back and took me into the minds of songwriters and that is where I really grew to love songwriting. This music wasn’t blasted into my brain as a child; this was me listening because I wanted to listen. It was pure exploration and curiosity. It was unlike the pop tunes I raised myself on, and I was discovering all of this at a time when I was fully aware of the gravity this music had.
I’ve loved seeing shows at House of Blues in Boston because I think that venue is the perfect time to catch a band before they blow up, but playing shows myself, I really enjoy small intimate house shows.