Yeah, it’s been a while. And I’m behind on things. There has been….a lot. That’s all I can say.
I saw a movie the other day and some things were said in it that really struck a chord with me (pardon the pun, because it is about music!)
Which documentary? Well, it was one about Creem magazine. Now, if you don’t KNOW Creem, you are probably really young. Lol! AND hey! That’s great! I’m glad you found this old lady’s blog!
There was Rolling Stone magazine. There was Circus. And there was Creem. Creem started in Detroit, covered mainly the Detroit Rock scene (Alice Cooper, KISS, The Stooges, etc.) And ended up becoming WILDLY popular. It was named after the band Cream (which again, you may be too young for, lol). If you’ve ever seen the movie “Already Famous”, the protagonist always calls ‘Lester Bangs’ for advice. Lester Bangs WAS a real person and was VERY controversial which lead to the magazine’s popularity, of course.
When you hear interviews with these young writers and editors, see old film footage from the mid 70’s, you understand why they did what they did. Why I do what I do. And maybe why I haven’t been feeling myself. Let me explain.
Listening to a band on an album is a wonderful experience (or your Playlist…whatever…). You can listen over and over. You can get a different meaning each time. You may have different feelings when you hear it depending on that day. You can listen to every note, every beat….every word. Over and over again if you want. And that is a beautiful thing.
When a band comes out on stage to play, they are bringing everything they have. They are there to leave it on the stage for you. Some are admittedly better at this than others. I love country, but if you’ve never seen Coldplay live, you should DO IT! It’s like being on a beautiful musical Disney ride. You’re enveloped by light and sound.
Bands structure their shows to engage you. To make you feel alive. To give you those goosebumps. I remember seeing Jason Aldean and the lights all went blue for one of my FAVORITE songs of his…and a beautiful breeze swept through the crowd. It was magical! You can’t replace that with an album. You can’t replace the sun setting behind the hills and a summer breeze while he sings your favorite song.
Have you ever been yelled at by Green Day to “GET THE F@#$ OFF YOUR CHAIR AND DANCE!!” No? Go. Do it. You will jump and scream and feel TRUE catharsis.
I live for THESE moments. And yes I love interviews and podcasts. For me it’s talking to friends, which is always awesome!! But when the main thing that made you love what you did in the first place is taken, what do you do? Yes, I love music still. But, I miss that connection.
Needless to say, I need the world to get back to some kind of normal here. I miss my shows.