30 May 2012, 22:33
So I'm sure that I'm not the only one who feels like they've been born in a totally wrong time, I know I'm not. But it's not just that I feel like crap about that, it really gets me down. Believe it or not I dislike the internet for many reasons. Before, a group of friends would meet at someone's place. Those friends collected records, and they would play those records all day long, they would just listen to music and hang out together. They went to see gigs together, they would hang on the streets together, they had a true life of a teenager. Today, everyone is sitting at they're computers at home listening to music on their own, listening to music on their MP3s, MP4s and IPods, even while in presence of friends. I believe that the internet takes away from friendship, from humanity. Today, any talentless asshole can become popular throughout the internet if they want. Yet I'm here, because I must admit that there is one good side of it: I can hear any band, any singer of any place and time period. If only people knew how to limit that ability. I suppose that there's just no way.
Why is rock music my priority?
And I'm not going to sit here and talk to you about the actual musical quality and variety of the genre, I'll leave that to the critics. I'm going to tell you what it means to me, and hopefully others like me.
Other than the fact that I've been listening to it since the first day I can remember, Rock'n'Roll brought the birth of a teenager. Teenage years is where all the best and worst memories are made, but at the end you just remember the good ones, if not, the bad ones also become good ones, one can't go without the other. Rock, at least for me, perfectly combines anger, rebellion and angst, with love, peace and romance. It gives a perfect reflection of people who truly love that kind of music, and live that kind of lifestyle. We were all kids who stood out in a bad way somehow, maybe bullied by other kids or misundeerstood by our parents, some annoyed by governments, the list goes on. Until we had enough of it. We looked, and we found, other kids who thought like us, have been through the same troubles as us, lived in the same situation as us, some a bit easier, some a bit harder. But, rockers were born. Usually truly emotional kids, hiding behind the masks of hardcore little bastards. And they stood together. They stood together throughout many eras or the 20th, now 21st century, greasers in the 50s, hippies in the 60s, punks in the 70s, goths and metalheads in the 80s, so on and so on. Each was different by lifestyle and sound, but all had one thing in common - individuallity. Being yourself. And that's really all there is to it, that's our "great philosophy". It's quite simple but people seem to have troubles understanding it and applying it. Be yourself and don't let anyone change you, lead you, or crush what you stand for, even if it means standing alone, keep standing. Love is in our mind, but freedom is in our heart. We are wanderers, and not many can understand our wild hearts and need of fulfillment. And I'm just another angry, rebellious rocker out there. Angry of today's idiotic society, bored with the world, unable to talk to anyone seriously most of the time. But I have others by my side, people who share similiar interests and music, lifestyle and mentallity, in other word friends. And that's what keeps me going. I'm always looking for something, and most of the time, I don't even know what it is. Maybe it's myself, maybe it's some other person, maybe it's something completely different. I'm not sure, but I think that I love the journey, regardless of how complicated it might be.
Along the way, we all want music, sex, drugs, beer, freedom, simply put, have fun. And It's not that bad when you think about it. Will you be able to come to a job interview in 20 years dressed in a leather jacket with safety pins and expect to get it? No, so don't be afraid to live while you can. You'll never have to stop being a rocker. A true rocker is a rocker until the day he dies, because rock is in your heart and soul, more importantly than in your chlothes. It's a mentality, it's a lifestyle that means much more than getting drunk and fighting with the police. It's all Rock'n'Roll.
I'm not one of those people who qualify themselfs as a certain label because they think it's "cool", "in" (yes, punk can very much be "in") or to pointlessly shock folks around me. I'm not an anarchist because I think it's AWSM that everyone should run around and do whatever they want, far from that. I believe that it's a wonderful idea, sounds almost utopian, people knowing their morals without there being laws about it. But I don't live up in clouds, and I realize that the ideology is almost impossible to accomplish, if not completely impossible. Original punk rockers, the ones who started it all, had both the nerve and intellect. They had an idea, that was probably one of the best things that happened to the rock'n'roll world, music-wise, fashion-wise, and politically-wise, it left a mark that we remember to this day. You could feel rage, you could feel agony in their songs. But I won't write paragraphs and paragraphs about it here, you all have internet to research the whole punk movement if you want to.
But I believe in liberty. Even though I may not like the educational system, in other words school, I love knowledge. Knowledge can only help you if you have a goal, if you have an idea in your head, and you want it to succeed. I don't automatically despise every authority. Authority should be rebelled against only if there is a reason behind it. There is authority that I have accepted, just as they accepted me. But I strongly dislike the government. I believe that they are the one thing that will never change in this world. When we feel power, it eventually corrupts our mind, and we want more and more. That's why I believe that even if a politician has good intentions at the start, eventually they will go downhill like every other, that's why I'm apolitical. For me, punk is not wearing a rainbow mohawk and kicking over trash cans. For me, the whole idea of punk rock lifestyle means think for yourself. Don't just go along with whatever the mainstreem world throws at you. Don't be a sheep of society. Be yourself. Dress however you want, if you feel good in your clothes. Have your freedom and stand up for what you believe in.
"Anarchism is for liberty, and neither for nor against anything else." - Benjamin Tucker. Ⓐ
Pop: Pop as in, the "genre", not as in "short for everything that's popular".
Even though I'm a type that will normally listen to "wilder" music, believe it or not I don't hate pop. IMO. pop and rock are actually very similar. Most of the old school poppy stuff was some pretty catchy non-autotuned music. The new wave era made for some amazing synthpop music. However, I really can't admire most of today's pop stars. Nicki, Kesha, Miley, etc. From what I've seen so far, nothing good can come out of kids looking up to them (ex: Sophia Grace?). Why would we want to encourage materialism and self-degradation? idk. I guess if you can pass it under "it's all just for good fun."?.....
A poser is simply a person who rocks a certain look of a sub-culture, but doesn't actually live it, knows little to nothing about it. Someone who wears a band T-shirt and knows nothing about the band, someone who digs the clothes but not the mentality. A poser is not a punk with a mohawk or a metalhead who listens to Slipknot. Those are just personal choices of music and style. Being a part of a sub-CULTURE = living it's lifestyle, knowing a lot about it's music and following/supporting it's scene. The easiest thing in the world is to call someone a poser just because they don't dig the same bands and looks as you. Maybe you should have a word or two with them, they might know their shit way better than you.