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Rock, Paper, Scissors
Saturday, Jun 14, 2008, 8:46 PMIt's a shame that people consider today's bands as groups of young outlaws. I myself have experienced being treated in such way since I am also part of a school band. Most, if not all, think being in one is just a mere fad.
The thought of regarding bands as a fashion statement is something that I very much despise. Musicians are musicians because they love to make music. They cannot be forced into playing wonderful pieces if they do not put their hearts into it. Music is produced by a soul that is in love with it. Moreover, to be a part of making the music itself from scratch requires even more passion than doing covers.
I am very particular about the "outlaw" side of bands. There are some who tend to not be open to other forms of music. Their minds are narrowed down onto one particular genre alone. Honestly, I do not care about this state of mind. What gets me vexed is those people who still go beyond it and criticize bands in a way that is not at all constructive. They try their best at putting the band down and making other people think that it is nothing but a trashy bundle of angsty youngsters.
Perhaps these people could take a break for at least a sec and read between the songs' lines because the words right in there do mean something. Those aren't just a collection of rebellious thoughts, but rather an unharmful way of expressing actual emotions. As a matter of fact, they hold more intellect than the usual old love songs playing over the radio. The lyricists and composers of the bands responsible for these songs think out of the box. I do not mean any offense, but it is not made up of the common i-love-you-i-can't-live-without-you stuff. It is creative self-expression of other feelings that do exist. Let's face it. The world is not that full of love. Anarchy exists. Pain exists. So does the feeling of being completely lost. It is much better to express these through music than through illegal drugs.
I am not writing this to make you think in the same way that I do. Just like other bassists, guitarists, drummers, and vocalists, support is very important for me. I believe that those who do not appreciate the music that we make can be most supportive if they do not say anything at all. Opinions are great, but so is the cliche which says that if you do not have anything good to say, better not say anything at all. Nobody died because of "Sweet" being written anyway.