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I Just How Realized How Lucky I Am
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4 December 2011
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Wow! I just had an epiphany, and I am feeling kind of emotional about it. I needed to share it with people who will understand, so here I am.

My sister's fiancee loves Lil Wayne and said he could play guitar, so I looked up videos of him "playing." It was horrible, and his fans just cheered and cheered! I couldn't believe how they thought he was so good! It was funny, but it also made me really sad. These kids have probably never heard a good guitar solo in their entire lives! How sad…

Then, I put on some McCartney…I know it's a little cheesy, but a great feeling just came over me. It sounds crazy, but I feel connected to this music, to the person, to The Beatles as a whole, to all of you. The music is beautiful, the lyrics are great, the talent is there. I know some people like to make fun of McCartney (he's cheesy, looks like a woman, is a sellout (how I hate that fucking term with a passion!!!), he has no emotion in his music (what am I feeling now?)), and they like to tease younger kids that like The Beatles sometimes, but the music means so much to me. It's hard to explain it, but I can see it in the way Inner Light and mith talk about George and in the way all of us talk about The Beatles. But it's not just the music…it's knowing that even though The Beatles could be as fallible as the next person, they were generally good people.

I just can't believe how lucky I am to be able to turn on my computer and hear anything I want by all of them, how lucky I am to have access to videos and photos and interviews…and the music…God, the music. What would I do without it? I would still be in a silent world where I was bored by music.

Goodness, I'm getting choked up here. It's so corny, I know…

I hope all those Wayne fans can feel a modicum of how I feel when I hear the music I am listening to now. I know words and rhythm are important, but damn…the music was fucking gone! I just don't see how you can get a feeling of pure pleasure like MUSIC brings from listening to meaningless words over nonexistent music backing. That is not to say I think all hip hop is bad. For instance, I like Eminem…he doesn't make me feel like this, but his words are at least good.

Jesus, I love The Beatles, and I love Paul McCartney. I am so thankful I was put on this Earth at a time when my musical idol is still making wonderful music!

Forgive my sentimentality!


"You can manicure a cat but can you caticure a man?" John Lennon- Skywriting by Word of Mouth
4 December 2011
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You know? that's what I feel almost every day. And yes, it's kind of disappointing to know that there is actual GOOD music out there and they listen for example: Justin Bieber. Seriously I don't think he is that talented. and I add to the list: smart. I mean, he doesn't even know the continents! SERIOUSLY. but that's another topic...

But the worst part is when I tell people that a lot of the music they're listenning is not really good, they think I'm a weirdo that doesn't like "party rock" or "sexy and I know it". And for me that is not music, I mean, I could like it for dancing in some parties, but not in my every day life, it doesn't have an emotion for me. It doesn't transmit the feelings that I'm looking for and a lot of these new musicians don't have a lot of talent. Why is there auto tune? I don't think that's necessary. 

Now people is looking for what is trending or what's cute or commercial. Example: twilight had a huge impact in many people, so what did the tv producers do? create shows about wolfs or vampires.

And like you, I feel good that I'm not blind to see that it's not the best music I've heard. Also most of the teenagers go with a singer that is really handsome or whatever and sings just love songs. There's more in the world to write about, really.

So, thank God for The Beatles a-hard-days-night-george-8

And don't worry, it's really good to express yourself to the fullest sometimes a-hard-days-night-george-10


PS: 1. I just did apparently!

      2. I don't mean ALL new musicians or singers or whatever. I meant the most popular.

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4 December 2011
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My friend is a Lil Wayne fan and told me about his guitar playing, but I never watched a video before now...and it's clear that he's not really playing in a few videos, but there's that one where he's playing that beautiful black Taylor by the looks of it and I was quite embarrassed watching it...that guitar deserves better.

About music today, there's something missing and I wholeheartedly believe it's intentional, meaning the advertisers and etc are purposely putting out terrible music on the radio to keep people from thinking too much. What's missing is pretty clear and that's emotion. Take two of the greatest artists of all time, John and Neil Young, neither were necessarily great or anywhere near perfect musicians, but each put so much emotion in their songs that they were able to influence so many. So music doesn't need to be perfect, if Lil Wayne can eventually become an adequate guitar player than good for him because he doesn't need to try and play guitar and hopefully he can get a bit better. A lot of people on youtube will be cynical and just say 'well he sucks' but everyone sucks when they first start playing, so if he can put something new in his music than I have no issue with it.

So music today, or good music or artists, seems to be subverted. If we're saying that all music today sucks, we are essentially saying that no one exists today that has the emotion of a John or Neil or whoever and certainly that's not true. I agree with mmm that music today is similar to music before the Beatles or maybe Elvis where we're just waiting for someone to come along and change things. Whether someone will actually be promoted enough to change things is debatable and probably unlikely, but it has to become like a stone, rolling down the hill until it gathers enough momentum to change things...then how will it feel? (sorry)

Things will change though, I'm pretty certain of it.

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One of the problems now is that everything is pigeon holed before it becomes known, its labelled good or bad, in or out, acceptable or not, black or white, (can i even say that in very heavily pollitically correct run times?). For music to be acknowledged as playable on mainstream radio it has to a certain way otherwise it will either be completely ignored or get a few plays and then be sent to the archives. Dont get me wrong there are a lot of different genres (eg hip hop, pop, indie) out there that do get played but in each one most of the songs have the same base/sound, so much so half the time you cant tell one apart from the other. To find anything different, and there is plently out there thanks to the internet, either you really have to search for it or rely on recommendations either by people or being in shops, gigs etc. You sure arent going to find it on commercial/mainstream radio or tv unless its at some obscure time.

And i am sick of being told that people with absolutely no personalities or opinions (certainly ones they are willing to voice) are fantastic, great, talented, different. Give me someone with an ounce of willingness to speak their minds but not be so full of themselves they cant take a joke.

Obviously im biased but at least the beatles did. And before people say they didnt offer their opinions pre 1966 listen to the appearances on Juke Box Jury (together and solo, especially Johns (a transcript) where he rates every song a miss including the latest Elvis release (Devil In Disguise), the other panelists and the critics were not best pleased).

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5 December 2011
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"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
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Sort of related to Lil Wayne playing guitar, but there is a hip hop artist that plays and is pretty sweet too. Wyclef Jean, he used to be in the Fugees I believe, but he graduated from Berklee a few years ago and I've seen him play on youtube and he's really good. That's a success story that I can appreciate because he already was successful before deciding to go to the best music school in the US. More recently he tried to become the President of Haiti, but that's another story I suppose.

So I think it's a good thing that hip hop artists try to infuse some other elements into their music, there was that one Kanye West song that sampled Steely Dan's great song Kid Charlemange a few years ago, or at least the hook. Maybe I'm a dreamer, but hopefully someone with absolutely no clue would hear that song and try to figure out who it was and could get into Steely Dan...we need more fans. Or maybe a fan of Lil Wayne will hear his guitar playing and become interested in slightly better guitar players, perhaps Jimi Hendrix. Or maybe someone who watches Glee will see those kids singing a song and try to find the original version, or maybe someone will watch Across The Universe and investigate the Beatles...and the list goes on.

I will give credit to people who try and use inventive ways to get kids into better music, and if Lil Wayne can do it then good for him, even if he isn't intentionally trying to.

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