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Polished Edge: Mission: music & memories

Polished Edge: Mission: music & memories
Self-proclaimed “ecstatic red-headed super fan” Serenity Bogert captures a moment in time, as she celebrates her 15th birthday at a concert by one of her favorite bands, “The All-American Rejects.” Enjoy Serenity’s musical musings on The Polished Edge and on her blog,

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Yup, It's Me by Serenity
November 28, 2012
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Yup. That’s me, the ecstatic redheaded super fan standing with one of my favorite bands, “The All-American Rejects,” on my birthday. This was my third time seeing the “Rejects” live and my third time meeting them. This was best day of my life in my 15 years of living. I’ve self-proclaimed this day the best day of my life, not only because I got to meet one of my favorite alternative rock artists of our time, but because this was the day I was inspired to follow my dreams.


My name is Serenity Bogert. I’m from San Antonio, Texas. I love three things a little bit more than I love anything else in this world: music, concerts, and writing. And just so we’re all clear, I’m not exactly a newbie to those three things. I’ve been listening to music since I was a fetus (I’ll explain that in the next paragraph), I’ve attended more than 20 concerts in my life so far, and I’ve been writing since I could talk.

My dream is to become a music journalist. Well, my dream is to write about music, whether it’s for a small column in the local newspaper about my new favorite songwriter or an extensive article about the next huge band of our generation for a popular magazine like Rolling Stone.


My love for music, as my mom likes to tell me, originated when I was “in the womb.” Apparently, my mother played classical music repeatedly when I was in her belly, and that’s why I am so “amazing” at “memorizing the tune to ‘Für Elise’ by Beethoven” when I play the widely known classical song on the piano.

For most of my life, my family felt they were responsible for what music would surround me in the household. These awesome jams, as I like to call them,would become known as the tunes that would influence my present taste in music as a teenager.

School of rock

While she was home, my mom was responsible for blasting the ’80s and ’90s pop/rock and R&B classics as I explored my house through the transportation of my baby walker. Some artists included Rick Springfield, “TLC,” Cyndi Lauper, “Men At Work,” “The Bangles,” “Ace of Base,” Billy Joel, Elton John, Michael Jackson, and Madonna, to name just a few. She also played a bit of ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, that being the musical prime her mother and older brother experienced.

As I grew older, when I was about 9 or 10, my father introduced me to all the best names in ’70s and ’80s classic rock, my favorites being “Queen,” “Styx,” “The Rolling Stones,” “REO Speedwagon,” “Kansas,” “Foghat,” “Aerosmith,” “Journey,” “Metallica,” Ozzy, “Kiss,” “AC/DC,” Tom Petty, “Wild Cherry,” and “The Beatles,” just to name a few.

My grandparents, along with my father and mother, being Texas natives, felt it was also best I learn how to appreciate good ol’ country music. I was raised around the sweet sounds of Johnny Cash (my favorite), Reba, George Strait, Robert Earl Keen, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson.

And then there was my older sister, who is about 12 years older than me and who constantly insisted she had the best taste in music out of the entire family. She preferred ’90s and present-day alternative rock and punk bands, like “Green Day,” “Nirvana,” “The Gorillaz,” “Korn,” “Slipknot,” “A Perfect Circle,” “The Offspring,” and my favorite, “Linkin Park.”

As I’ve grown into an independent teen, I’ve taken it upon myself to explore other sounds and artists, both familiar and foreign to my musically privileged ears. Being a 15 year-old-girl, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that I’m in love with “Maroon 5” and “The All-American Rejects,” to name some modern artists. I also love “Train,” Matt Nathanson, Avril Lavigne, Tim Halperin, “OneRepublic,” “Nickelback,” “Matchbox Twenty,” Katy Perry, “JJAMZ”, Jocelyn, “The Cars,” “Foster The People,” “Snow Patrol,” Adele, and their ilk. Also, every previously named artist that my family introduced me to, I am proud to say, I still listen to daily and frequently play their songs on my iPod.

Word power

My passion for writing sprouted when I was smaller, too. I would write hundreds of stories when I was a child. Last year, when I was in the eighth grade, I won a $500 scholarship for an essay that required me to write about what a world without math would be like. My family was very proud of me.

“You get your writing skills from your father,” my mother has reminded me several times throughout the years. I get a lot of traits from my dad, and I’m happy to admit excellent writing skills are some of them.

I believe the power of words can be extremely strong. I want to make an impact through my writing someday. I know that someday I will. As of right now, I am practicing my writing through weekly entries on my online website/blog, on which a majority of this article can be found under the “About” tab.

The website is currently somewhat empty, as it is undergoing daily editing and creation still. But after a while, there will be weekly entries about all things music and pop culture. I hope that maybe some of you will find the time to check it out. Thanks!

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