I am waiting for a sample from a drummer friend with an EP of his new side band. when I hear his music, I have to wonder, “why isn’t he off on tour playing music?” of course, this is Switzerland, you have a tiny little market of people who can understand Swiss German and understand the allure of punk music?
part of my malady with wanting silence for prayer and meditation is that I have had an earworm(s) lately that has gone from a song called “coming of age” by damned Yankees, skid row’s “monkey business” and “youth gone wild” to the sound of Ramone’s playing live in my head. people find it odd that normal sound levels I like are more like a jet engine taking off in your living room.
I marvel at today’s FOH array’s and room dynamic software allows for music to be not only loud but legible across a full audio spectrum with sound pressure levels that make your balls vibrate but allow for all elements of the mix to be audible in your ears.
“but I thought you only like silence?”
“most of the time I do, but my ears can go to 11 if I want.”
maybe this is what happens when you spend time in Switzerland and you were raised in the USA and get a headache with all the social rules, regulations, traditions, and some ideal to appear perfect all the time? doesn’t the burden of carrying around all that stuff get heavy? why carry it around? it was like going to church yesterday and aside from the altar boys and girls, I was the youngest person in the place and this actually surprised me. then again, If you walk across the country, you realize there are two major brands religion in the country, the denominations of Catholicism and Protestantism. if you fall into other religions or denominations, it gets a bit odd with having a conversation about religion and spirituality.
perhaps that is where I am happy to have visited most of the major world religions and tried to get an understanding of what they were all trying to get to, while feeling like something was always missing in my heart with the words in the books, the speeches from the pulpits, and the reality of an actual spiritual experience and force working with you to walk out your life and learning to live in love.
truth be told, while I knew there was something more than “church” as a kid, it wasn’t till later in life that the reality came forth. a Jewish friend who studies the Kabbalah (not the Madonna version) mentioned that women can study early, but men have to wait till they are older to start. when I thought about my journey through religions, technology tricks for neuroscience and changing states, meditation, and seeking a spiritual dynamic…the reality is that it all came after age 40.
before that, I was probably an idiot prodigal son that needed all things to be proven to him like the doubting Thomas.
I guess this is why I look back at the world today and the state of live entertainment and want to puke. there is a myriad of reasons why, but here are a few of the reasons:
· ticket prices have escalated way beyond what most shows are worth
· bands no longer work the road, they work for a few giant promotions companies, of which they are told, “here is the deal…take it, or don’t work.”
· “live” music includes probably four backing vocal tracks and who really knows who is playing under the stage?
· I used to love big gigantic stages, now I would rather intimate stages (maybe I am old and understand quality musicians now?)
· tour riders & diva demands & personal branding have me wondering when robots will simply take the stage and you don’t have to deal with the attitudes/ego of the people
· we have elevated pop/rap/music stars as we have sports stars and are paying them really insane fees while a teacher gets paid squat
· scale is a nice idea, and while technology has improved show quality, watching a lead singer try to connect with a crowd, while overlooking them from an elevated stage, a moat of grass and security, to get to the fans, of which with modern festivals, you have really large crowds…somehow this is cool and intimate?
· Lemmy died. I think with him, the music business lost a sort of guiding godfather of the road.
I think this 10 minute was a bit scattered, as it goes from the world of silence and meditation to the man-made world of amps on 11. but inside the spectrum, you have you, me, and all the other folks living on this planet, of which, I don’t know if it is going to get better before it gets worse. usually, I would laugh at myself, but in terms of pushing the futurism trends and the reality, it brings…I have been right more than I have been wrong. the game changer for all of this is that ai, advanced AI, machine learning (I like) and the horsepower of quantum computing will allow some amazing things to be done for society. the missing part of it all, in time, might actually be, “people.”
the earworms appear to have subsided now…silence appears to be the channel of the day. maybe a few punk songs will come out of the quiet?