In a previous time period, I was one of those guys who cried at the top of their lungs when I felt music was turning some imaginary corner. I used to create these vast visions in my mind about how things were and how they can get there. I used to do this at what now seems like free will. I wouldn't say I was more naive, optimistic or anything like that - maybe if I was more anything it be "more less busy." But whatever, to act like I'm not constantly listening to music would be a lie in the most transparent sense of the word.
Although, as I've said, I don't really do this anymore, I feel compelled just to say, "Wow." Just to say that I haven't felt such a positive music presence in my life and in the live's of likeminded people since I was in high school. God, I must be the One Millionth person to say, "Yeah music right now! No Sleep! Mightier Than Sword! Blah Blah Blah!" But really, it's true. I mean, I barely listened to pop-punk/punk/faster, louder, emotion-ier music over the past few years. And if I did, it was bands that I previously knew. Which is not how I usually listen to music. But lately, like within the last 3 or 4 weeks, I've been finding new (to me) bands who aren't just making music they should be proud of, but music I'm proud to scream at the top of my lungs like an idiot. They're making music that trumps any stupid preconceived notion about what music a site like "music mends broken hearts.com" enjoys.
And man if I don't want to just call one of these bands up and jump in the back of their van, hitting mid-sized cities, rocking faces off then moving on. The whole time with smiles on faces, meeting people who have not just heard, but been touched by the music. It's fascinating, because I'm not sure what the catalyst is. There's the normal culprits: war, heartbreak, depression, recession. But I am of the impression that something deeper is happening. That these bands are sort of taking a stand, without really taking one. That sounds passive, but it's not. Well, maybe they are taking a stand. These are the bands on the road forever, screaming louder than anyone. Begging to be heard.
I don't believe there is a "right" reason to play music. There's no sort of calling to this sort of thing, other than the fact that, at some point, it is fun and cool to perform for people. But if there were some higher calling, I feel like it these bands would be the disciples.
I don't know. I'm just really excited to see some shows this summer. And that's also something I haven't said in a while.
But I guess the original point of this blog was to post a screenshot of the playlist I just made. I'm calling it "Revival," which is cliched by now. But it's cliched because it's true and that's what's happening. Don't just rock on. Rock forward.