Every two weeks, I sit down to write an article about something that I find important – new shows, new bands, new records, or even just a thought I’ve had. This week as I sit down, my brain is flooded with facts and thoughts. I just returned from a four and a half week tour with Title Fight, I have been hard at work finishing up some recent recording projects, and all the while I am trying to learn.
Last Thursday, I was playing Boston and my friend, a teacher, introduced me to two high school students that she taught. They were thankful, appreciative, and excited. We had a short conversation about school and music and, at times, finding a balance between the two. I was happy to offer advice on how to find time to practice, study, and all the while stay sane (or at least try to). I do not consider myself a master of time management by any means, but one thing I can say is that I have always found time to do what I enjoy.
But what really stuck in my head were the different thoughts between schoolwork and personal, artistic work. Believe me, I am nothing but an advocate for education, but at times it seems that the creative fields that so many people enjoy either leisurely or seriously are looked at as second best to what our culture has deemed important.
In school, you are able to play music and play beautiful orchestral pieces, but that is where many people’s music education ends. Not to be rude to the great composers, but why is that all we learn? After considering my conversation with these two high school students, it was clear how unimportant some genres of music are to the general public. I am here on my Weekender soapbox to declare that I believe that all music is created equal.
There are so many interesting musical things happening just in our backyard, but it seems to be a faux pas to grow into adulthood and continue to be involved in music. If people do not feel the same connection to music, I wish them all the luck in future endeavors, but for those who feel that music is just juvenile, I urge you to reconsider.
I am not setting out to change the world with music or change the way people feel about it; all I can do is express my feelings regarding the matter. I have learned more about the world and myself through my experiences being in a band than through any other circumstance. Music is an age-old art, and adding distortion and noise to it is not only revolutionary, but interesting.
This week, I am here to say that being active in music is neither childish nor embarrassing. If you recall my first article, I laid out a mission statement. My goals were to expose people to things going on in the area that they might not know about and also to show people that hardcore and punk music and the people who listen to it are not mindless idiots. I still believe it.