The emotive strength of music in forging connections across generations and emotions is beautifully encapsulated in a heartfelt revelation by Mia Tyler, the daughter of rock icon Steven Tyler. During a recent episode of the Bad Bad Babydad podcast, Mia shared a poignant story about how Slipknot‘s music became a crucial link in strengthening her bond with her father and navigating through the complexities of their relationship.
Mia Abagale Tallarico, born to Steven Tyler and Cyrinda Foxe in 1978, embarked on a journey of self-expression and connection during the challenging years of her parent’s separation. Recalling the tumultuous emotions of that period, Mia expressed her hesitations in conveying her feelings to her father, Steven Tyler:
“When I was feeling really like I wanted to express to my dad how I felt, and I didn’t know how to tell him, maybe my coming out of my emotions; the same way someone would come out… I was so scared to tell him that I was depressed and upset in life and that maybe he caused it and my mom him leaving me with all that stuff.”
In an attempt to communicate her emotions, Mia turned to the universal language of music, a language her father was well-versed in. Choosing Slipknot’s eponymous 1999 album, she presented it to Steven Tyler as a poignant window into her inner world:
“I didn’t know what to do, and the Slipknot album, the very first one, was just Slipknot. I gave it to him. I bought him a copy, and I said, ‘Listen to this if you want to understand how I feel. Listen to this and months went by.”
The profound impact of Mia’s gesture resonated deeply with Steven Tyler:
“He just sat on with his Walkman, and he listened to the whole album and just cried in the woods. He called me, and he was like, ‘I’m so sorry,’ and like we had this whole thing,” shared Mia.
This poignant exchange marked a transformative moment in their relationship, facilitated by the evocative power of Slipknot’s music. Mia even shared her experience with Slipknot’s frontman, Corey Taylor, highlighting the music’s role in strengthening her bond with her father:
“He loves my dad, and it was like his world got flipped upside down. I was like, ‘You don’t know how much you helped me have a relationship and a bond with my dad.’ And that music is so heavy, and it was such a release because I was so upset and just so like just pissed off at life.”
The self-titled album by Slipknot, renowned for its aggressive and chaotic sound, played a pivotal role in this heartwarming story, illustrating the profound impact music can have on familial relationships.