Sean started to download Kings of Leon songs on the other computer in 2007 or so – his friend Aaron had recommended them to him. I liked the tracks, and came to regard KoL as a seriously good band. Proper American rock … what could be better?
We bought the third CD, Because of the Times, and listened to it in the car a lot. Later we acquired the first two CDs, Youth and Young Manhood and Aha Shake Heartbreak … they were Christmas presents to me, as I recall.
All three CDs were excellent (we didn’t listen much to the later KoL stuff, which didn’t seem as good). Because of the Times was mislaid, I think; I haven’t seen or heard it for a while, but those particular songs will always bring me back to a time and place … the magic of short journeys with Sean in the car, listening to them, talking about them and enjoying them together.
He was in the middle of his teenage years and completing his days at school, and those songs remind me of how he was at the time. That’s why the tracks I’ve chosen below are mainly from that album and it’s why they will always have the power to make his mum and me cry, I would say.
Sean and Aaron saw Kings of Leon at the Oxegen festival in 2008 … they stood at the very front of the crowd. Sean absolutely loved it … he texted his mum to say ‘I can die now’, or words to that effect. But of course his musical tastes would move on, as always, before he did die. Sean had a restless spirit.