Music in Today’s World

I’ve been thinking about music today. What is music today? If you look at today’s music and described what you seen, how would you describe it? When I look at our music today I see more then the classic, “Sex, Drugs, Rock n’ Roll.” It’s like the “Sex, Drugs, Rock n’ Roll” all got together and had a baby that started doing crack and heroin 3 seconds after coming out of the womb. Seriously guys (and gals) music doesn’t have to be like that. Girls you don’t have to be showing off all that skin and talking about the guy you had come over and made out with and guys you don’t need to be talking about the half dozen girls you had sex with at some crazy party you were at. That’s not music. Is this what our culture…MY culture has come to?!? I have done some stupid things in my time yes but not what modern music is “singing” about. Who does the things that all these people are singing? Music is supposed to be something that you RELATE to. Who honestly can relate to all these rappers and rockers singing about all the dope and sex they had the night before etc etc? I think the worst part is all the young teens listening to these lyrics about killing people, killing themselves, sex, drugs, etc. and the parents supporting it by getting them the music and letting them listen to it? Do you want your children to come out that way? Anyways, WAKE UP PEOPLE! LISTEN TO THE MUSIC YOUR YOUNGER ONES ARE LISTENING TO! Odds are, you aren’t gonna like it…I know I sure don’t. I just read Paramore’s new article in SPIN Magazine and it was great. (and no that is not why I am saying all this stuff now this morning, I’ve felt this for awhile now and this article finally pushed me to write something about it) Hayley Williams (22, Lead Singer of Paramore) is quoted in the article with some great comments. She said, “Sexy doesn’t have to be a tan blonde girl showing off her goodies.” Ya know what that means? MILEY CYRUS PUT SOME FREAKING CLOTHES ON!!! You are only a young 17 year old girl. Instead you look like you should be standing on a street corner (which is of course wrong, just painting a picture) and there are tons of other girls out there (in the music business, in film, and at your local school) who need to stop looking at the “modern fashion” of looking like a “whore” (please excuse the language) and do the right thing. When girls dress like that they obviously attract guys, and that guy IS NOT looking at her for her personality I can tell ya that much. Parents, MAKE YOUR DAUGHTER PUT ON SOME CLOTHES! It’s not just a “stage,” if you don’t wanna become a grandpa before your girl is older then 16 then you will wise up. Where has today’s morals gone? Folks we need to look at what we are doing. Music is a good reflection of whats going on in today’s world. Go ahead and listen. Then after you listen look around, cause it’s happening and it needs to change. You wanna know what’s “wrong with the world today?” If I tell you will you listen? If you haven’t figured it out by now then you totally missed it and probably should re-read everything you just read, cause it’s in there AND how to fix today is in there too. Listen…Act…Change


Gearfest ’08

Yesterday morning a group of us went to Sweetwater for Gearfest (Gearfest is to sound and music people like Auto Show is to car people). It was sweet. I played with like about a hundred thousand dollars worth of stuff (guitars, soundboards, drums, etc.) I met my Salesman for the second time and I met Anthony Coppedge for the second time as well. It was really just a cool morning.

My Music Corner

Seeming how I shared with you my new guitar I figured I might as well share with you the rest of the family. I have a ’92 Fender Stratocastor Floyd Rose with EMG’s (with SKG case), a ’73 Fender Mustang (with original case, a Global Acoustic, an Epiphone Sheraton II (with original case), a Washburn B-2 Bass (which I am trying to sell), a Peavey Bandit 112 guitar amp (which I am also selling), and a Boss Metal Zone pedal (or as I like to call it, “my heavy metal pedal”). Here are some pics of “my corner.”

My new guitar

I bought an Epiphone Sheraton II from Sweetwater and I’m lovin it! Here it is check it out…

Guitar Center

I went to Guitar Center yesterday in Toledo and how sweet it was. Seen some sweet Telecastor’s, a sweet Les Paul, a nice Martin acoustic…the list could pretty much just go on for awhile. But out of the couple thousand dollars I wanted to spend I just spent $11…on some strings. But maybe someday I will have that Tele and Martin…someday…

Family Force 5

So a group of us went to see Family Force 5 Friday night in Spring Arbor, MI for the Heart Support Tour. The opener bands were: This Beautiful Republic, Spoken, and Falling Up. The show was amazing! The sound not so amazing, it was in a gymnasium…so that makes the sound not so great…but it was still sweet. We missed This Beautiful Republic but seen the rest. Spoken had a good show and Falling Up was ok. But of course Family Force 5 had the sweetest show that I have ever seen. With Soul Glo rockin’ the mic in his sweet Hulk fist’s, Fatty rockin’ his bass spinin’ and swingin’ it all around, Crouton slamin’ on the drums, Chapstick jamin’ on his guitar, and NaDaddy playin’ around with all his science. It was just sweet! I wish I had some pic’s (I know that Pete took some, maybe he will post something soon). I highly recommend seeing them, buying their CD, just listen to them, you won’t regret it.

Long Lost Friend

I feel like I have just been re-introduced to a long lost friend. I got my Fender Stratocastor fixed tonight. Ohhh how I missed playing her. I am sooooooooooooooo excited!!!!!!!