It may be pretty obvious to some people that I like pop-punk. Although I also like alot of southern rock, indie/alternative and pretty much everything that came out of the '80s.
But all said, I would never admit it too my indie punk rocker friends, but one of my biggeest musical passions is gospel, choir and orchestral music. And today I'm going to scream it out to the whole damn internet.
If you've been in the ocean and been knocked down by a wave, then you'll understand the rush of any of Vivaldi's opening 4 bars, the refreshing feeling of a choir singing about peace and love rather than guns drugs and making "love in this club."
One of my favourite classical pieces is Bach's suite in B minor (thanks to my music teacher who introduced me to the works of Bach). It's made up of an opening overture and followed by six dances from different European countries (as in all suites). The dances are full of ornamental flourishes of the flute and strings, and brilliant terraced dynamics. If you're aspiring to be a musical genius, as I am, then Bach is the man to turn to.
And then there's gospel music with it's spectacular soaring harmonies from a passionate choir and an accompanying organ sounding eerie but soothing. I want to mention gospel singers that have pushed their way through to pop music. Anyone from Aretha Franklin to Otis Redding and Sam Cooke and even Caleb Followill from Kings Of Leon. Such unmistakably powerful voices, where no matter what they're singing it sounds uplifting and awesome.
I'd like to think "El Jeffe" ( http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=807452 ) who introduced to me (via this website) the group I am currently listening too: Ladysmith Black Mambazo. What an amazing fusion of voices. Possibly the most sooting thing I have heard in a long time. I don't know wether I'm elated or dissapointed to say they're a welcome change from the pulsing rock of Fall Out Boy who I so desperately love.
All I can say is, I wish I could sing like these vocal prodigys!
Personally, my favourite movie of all time is the John Hughes classic The Breakfast Club. One of my favourite songs of all time is 'Don't You Forget About Me' by Simple Minds. Who can forget that fantastic closing scene of Breakfast Club: John Bender punching the air in triumph and Simple Minds' "hey hey hey hey!" ringing in the backround.
I think one thing that can make or break a movie is the music. Even if the acting is shit and the story line could be better, how many times have you walked out of a theatre saying "crap movie. Great music" and having the theme song stuck in your head for days? I've done that countless times.
So the question I'm posing is: How important do you think the music is to the success of a film? Also, what are your favourite music moments in films?
If you haven't already guessed by the fact that I mention Fall Out Boy in practically every blog post, I am a HUGE FOB fan. I am also eagerly waiting to see them grace the stage of Vector Arena in Feburary.
I also just found out who the support acts are for the FOB tour.
Cobra Starship, Metro Station, and Hey Monday.
And I'm pissed.
A Fall Out Boy tour supported by three wannabe Fall Out Boys.
I can see it now: an entire mosh pit jumping up and down to Metro Station, me standing there giving Mason Musso the finger, me being visciously attacked by cellphone-yeilding MySpace whores. (I mean that in the nicest way possible).
The support acts aren't necessarily bad bands, but I would struggle to call them good bands too. But the real reason I am pissed off with this line up is that they are all similar bands.
It's a fair argument to say that they will make a popular opening act for FOB because they're popular with young girls wearing too much make up (aka FOB's largest demographic), but why not choose groups with a slightly different sound than these pop/punk/techno power houses? At least that way the audience would be opened up to a different kind of music or may hear a band they've never heard of before.
I am honestly getting intensely sick and tired of the copious amounts of "pop/punk" bands making their way onto our ipods these days. I mean, good on the likes of Cobra Starship for getting a record contract and having some form of success, but what we really need on the radio is not less-musically-capable versions of Fall Out Boy, but something different - something less generic.
Although, I suppose a similar thing to the pop/punk wave happens every decade. In the '80s it was heavy metal bands writing heart felt power ballads, the '90s had indie and grunge bands pushing through.
On a lighter note, all said I am still looking forward to seeing FOB work their magic :)
Three of arguably the biggest influences on kids over the last three decades. The way that Wentz can post a new blog entry and have kids writhing around in fits on the floor from sheer joy. Cobain can cause an entire generation of youth to think about their deepest - and definitley darkest - emotions, at the same time as having them moshing mindlessly. Simmons slaps some clown-like makeup on and all of a sudden it's cool to spit blood.
Sounds like a bit of a cult to me.
Now don't get me wrong, I love all three of these musicians. My nick-name is "Pete" after - you guessed it - Pete Wentz himself. The first song I played on my electric guitar was "Smells Like Teen Spirit". I am forcing my best friend to come to my sixteenth birthday as Gene Simmons.
OMG. I am part of the cult.
So anyway you're probably thinking that so far this blog is pretty much meaningless right? Well, it's not entirely meaningless.
I was just wondering: what makes kids click? It's probably a question asked everyday by the three cult leaders themselves (if Kurt were alive that is).
I may just have discovered why kids obsess over these and other rockstars (optimists will not like this next part)
1) We are so completely unsatisfied by our own lives, that when these depressing figures stand up and sing about their lives, it makes our lives seem like a sunshiny day on the praire.
2) They look cool. Pete Wentz starts wearing "guy liner" and tight jeans, and suddenly that's what's cool and everybody's screaming "LONG LIVE SIR WENTZ" (unless of course you hate "emos" and therefore scream "WENTZ MUST DIE" but really you still wear tight jeans and eye liner coz you wanna fit in)
3) Music is the source of all control. Control the music: control the minds of youth everywhere. This can be seen not only with the three cult leaders I've chosen, but anyone with a chart-topping-hit. Once you have a catchy tune stuck in a fifteen year olds head, they think about the lyrics - no matter what they are as long as they're catchy. They think about the person singing it and how they wish that for just one moment they could be a superstar like them.
Anyway, this whole post isn't exactly rocket science - even I (the epitomy of narcissim) - can admit that.
Just one question though: who is your "cult leader", as in what musician do you follow round aimlessly?
If you haven't guessed it already, I'm talking about the 'Loudness Wars'.
And what are the Loudness Wars, and what does it have to do with Fall Out Boy you ask?
Basically, when a record goes in to be mixed, backround noises are eliminated and the volumes of certain intruments are changed. BUT, nowadays the volumes of all the instruments are being increased to the point of them sounding slurred together, and the entire song sounds loud the whole way through, rather than being softer in the verses and then louder in the chorus. This is what I like to call bad dynamic compression, and it is the fault of producers and mixers.
One would assume that if you enter the music industry and choose a career such as a producer or mixer, you'd have a passion for making good music. So why on earth would such a producer or mixer allow the quality of their music to suffer? This is where the war part of 'Loudness War' comes in.
Record companies believe that when your average teen is surfing the net for new music, if they hear a loud song it captures their attention and makes them want to listen to it and hopefully buy it. Fall Out Boy is a prime example of this.
Infinity on High and Folie a Deux are two of the most poorly engineered albums around - despite their amazing producers. To prove this, just put one of these albums into your stereo and look at the level of the bars that show the variation in volume. The bars will remain high and without much variation.
Now try playing an album like Jeff Buckley's Grace, The Cars' self titled album, or Nirvana's Nevermind. When Kurt Cobain screams - you feel it - because the album is not constantly loud.
Personally, I think it's a total injustice to the musical world. What ever happened to having music being based on the emotion of an intense chorus rather than how many kids on MySpace will download it?
Anyway, please do share your thoughts on my little musicianship expose, and thanks for reading it (I know it's kinda long) :)
If you're reading this from the USA, it's entirely possible that you haven't heard of this band, even though they were born and bred in Tennessee. If you're in the UK or Australasia, you've probably heard "Sex on Fire" played a million times and are well aware of their awesomness.
The Kings are one of the best modern rock bands around: as far as I'm concerned that's a fact not an opinion (not that I'm tryna sound arrogant or anything hehe). They have risen to great heights and perfected their sound.
I just have one tiny concern...
The lead singer, Caleb Followill, is great. On their current record 'Only By The Night' you can even understand what the hell he's saying (which is a huge step for him) ;). BUT I have read various articles talking of drunken nights to the point of concussion, a battle with anorexia and self-depreciation. I've SEEN him smoking weed on the band's website.
I'm not gonna preach wether these things are right or wrong, but it's obvious to me that this piece of human-musical-brilliance is on a path to self destruction. Is anyone else feeling my pathetic amount of worry for the singer?
And also, does anyone else think that the whole 'rock and roll lifestyle' is, well, pathetic and misleading in the way that it won't nescessarily lead to riches and fame?
Besides, there aren't even that many true rock and rollers left that party as hard as Slash and Keith Richards... Apart from Caleb Followill of course.
Anyway, I think what this blog is really about is me trying to feel as though I've done some good by telling randoms about a dude who's practically dieing...
Ok, so I know it's a huge risk these days going on the internet and writing the words 'fall out boy', but as a die hard FOB fan it's a risk I'm willing to take.
So right now I'm listening to 'Fall Out Boy's Evening out with Your Girlfriend' and thinking how the f*ck is it possible that they can go from "I can be your John Cusack" with thrashing unorderly guitars, to the power-ballad-sounding "I'm coming apart at the seams" in just 5 years?
Is it just me or do the lyrics - oh those glorious witty lyrics - keep getting more depressing? I mean Pete says it himself in 'The Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes': "Perfect boys with their perfect lives: nobody wants to hear you sing about tragedy."
I mean I adore Pete's lyrics. I personally think they are some of the best in pop these days. But honestly, I would kill to be in the position that Pete's in right now: the king of his pop-punk kingdom. So I don't want to sound like I'm bitching about the fact that I don't (currently) have a rock star life style, but why not brighten it up a bit Petey boy?
All said, if FOB's lyrics did suddenly revolve around sunshine and rainbows rather than ex-girlfriends, I would probably be devastated. I mean let's face it: Pete Wentz's misery makes us love him. He is the confedant and phsyciatrist of millions of teens everywhere. Including me.
Anyway, to avoid being sued by FOB haters, FOB lovers, or Pete Wentz himself, I'll leave with saying this is all just my opinion and damn it I love those eye-makeup-wearing-marketing-genius's Fall Out freaking Boy.
I assume the word 'virgin' in the title got your attention?
So basically this is my first attempt at writing a proper blog. My mind has polayed with the idea, but I am possibly the world's biggest and best procrastinator.
In the hopes of actually having someone read this blog and not just ending up a lonely girl in front of her computer 24/7 waiting for a 'you've got mail' icon to pop up, I thought of what makes a good bit of internet reading.
Hot gossip? Check. Brutal honesty? Check. Sarcastic humour? Check. A hint of arrogance? Check.
I hope that this blog meets all your honesty, humour, and arrogance needs :)
But anyway this is just a one off intro post. The rest of my writings will be mostly music and pop culture related - with a tad of high school and a touch of teenage angst added in.
Thanks for reading this!!
Please comment to avoided hearing about my loneliness.