The last post I wrote “Keep Denton Beard” was received with all kinds of fireworks after I published it. The only post I received more mail on was “Learning to Love Yourself”
The responses were about even with a lot of support about what I was saying as well as a lot of negative responses especially critical of my music and that if my music is what practicing produces then by all means “Let’s Keep Denton Beard”
I found the responses cute and fun and ranging from the absurd to downright hilarious. You have to remember only 3 things happen when you put art out there, people either:
1. Love it
2. Hate it
3. Don’t give a damn
Focus on the ones that Love what you are doing because the rest is pretty much a waste of your time. People that “hate” your music are great as well because they will do more to spread the word about you than anyone. Hate as I mentioned before just means “I don’t understand”
I used to “hate” Algebra, I failed it four times in a row
I just didn’t understand it.
If someone hates me I know that they love me because “hate” is a deeply embedded emotion rooted in envy and jealousy. It also has it’s roots in resentment as well.
The 3rd group that just “doesn’t give a damn” could careless anyway and and converting the mind of apathy is a lost cause. This is where I was going in the rant in my last post.
I have sensed this mood of apathy in the music business ever since the “grunge era” and I am honest enough to say I don’t care for it and call me old school but I think it is sad. I come from an era where you work at your craft with an undying zeal and passion. My heroes where guys like Frank Zappa and Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Bach, Ted Greene, Allan Holdsworth, Eric Dolphy, David Byrne, Salvador Dali, Yngwie Malmsteen and the list goes on and on.
Just because it became popular to be “grungy” I didn’t grow a goatee, put a sock on my head and get a flannel shirt and act like I couldn’t play my guitar.
It’s not always about technique either, however attitude is a great equalizer and can make for leaps and bounds when it comes to art. I have to be honest, when “grunge” became the “music du jour” I didn’t get it right away.
But when Kurt Cobain went on Headbanger’s ball in a dress, he won me over. That took balls and moxie and it needed to happen. Metal had become fake, plastic, all about hair and leather pants and shallow subject matter. Bono from U2 said the first time he saw “Nirvana” live it was like standing next to a “nuclear bomb” exploding.
I like that analogy and he was right.
Rock Music is all about “attitude”
Great Rock Music is 1% technique and 99% attitude.
Kurt understood that and I respect him for it. But then it became cool to be “grunge” Oh yes it did and I was right there to watch so many bands “change their tune” Even bands like Soundgarden and Pearl Jam who were definitely not original grunge acts. They cut their hair and got on the bandwagon right away. If you listen to the early Pearl Jam and Soundgarden records they were Metal bands until they got caught in the wave.
I know there is a lot of truth to what i was saying because it caused such a firestorm of e-mails and responses on both sides of the fence. I don’t a fuck what anyone thinks of me so I can write from the heart and just be real. I wonder how many people can truly do that? I know it’s not easy being radically honest but it’s a hell of a lot easier than being fake.
As I said in my previous post, “Who am I to call someone else’s, noise “noise”. I also stated that opinion’s are like assholes, everyone has one. Furthermore who am I or anyone else for that matter to judge anybody.
It is perfectly just to say that I prefer not to listen to something and to go on from there and just do your thing. It’s just that I love the times I remember being able to go out in Denton and there was a thriving music scene. In all fairness to this town it is still way better here than almost everywhere else. There is an overall wave of apathy and mediocrity in our culture that has been going on for too long now. It is time for a change and I know change happens in the underground. After I watched the American Music Awards I knew we had hit an all time low.
I love the way Jack White displays his “attitude” in the movie “It Might Get Loud” it brings him right into the picture with Jimmy Page and The Edge. It’s not all about technique, it’s not all about attitude. Their is a yin and a yang to it.
However it’s never about apathy…
Learning how to play your instrument never goes out of style.
Style never goes out of style, when you leave your home, it’s a choice.
It says something about you.
All the best,