Two of my all-time favorite bands are fronted by the same person, Maynard James Keenan. The two bands are the extremely original and boundary pushing Tool, and the kinda sounds a lot like a less progressive Tool, A Perfect Circle. A big part of the reason that both of these bands are so high up on my list of favorites has a lot to do with Maynard. The vocals, both the lyrics and the presentation, really make me feel very deeply. This is no small feat, if you know me, you are probably aware that I do not pay much attention to vocals. And if these bands did not have exceptional music, I wouldn’t pay attention to these vocals either.

But without blathering on for too long, let’s get right to the point. A lot of Tool and APC songs I relate directly to my struggle with mental illness and my relationship with my mother.