Every Parent Should Support Loud Teenage Garage Bands, Just Like Dave Grohl Does

A heavy metal garage band composed of teenagers has been told they can't play music above 30 to 40 decibels, which is about the same noise level of a running refrigerator or a dishwasher. Even though the Cornwall garage in question has no close neighbors, the kids were still ordered by their town to play at a level where they can barely hear themselves. So this band, Black Leaves of Envy, asked Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters for help


Dave Grohl had basically the best response ever, which will warm the hearts of anyone who made music in his or her garage, or is currently the parent of a kid who does so. 

In his letter of support to the Cornwall Council, Grohl writes:

Music is not only a healthy pastime, it is a wonderful, creative outlet for kids, and fosters a sense of community necessary to the emotional and social development of any child. It is tremendously important, and helped me through those otherwise difficult years growing up in Springfield, Virginia.


I believe that it is crucial that children have a place to explore their creativity and establish a sense of self through song.

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I grew up making music in the garage, and so did my sister, and so did my husband and my son. It's a rite of passage. I can totally see keeping the noise levels down before 9 a.m. and after 8 at night, but other than that, kids should be allowed to make music and noise and express their creativity.

This is how bands get to be the Foo Fighters (and so many others!) when they grow up -- by playing in garages and basements and in living rooms all over the world. Bands keep kids creative and occupied and from wandering the streets shooting up heroin and stealing cars. Well, maybe not that, but I'd rather my kids be playing music at loud decibels in the garage than getting into trouble behind the 7-Eleven. 

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I support garage bands, and kids being loud, and expressing themselves in this way. I think every parent should. 


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