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THE "HAVE DO BE" GENERATION

December 30, 2013

Have Do Be ... That's where we are at ... Be Do Have ... That's where we came from ...

 

In the past, for an artist to follow the righteous path, they would have had to first actually "Be" an artist, namely carry on their shoulder the mark of inspiration and turmoil, the austere vision of life and the power to internalize truths and mistruths, sometimes at an agonizingly slow yet meticulous pace ... then they would "Do" the work, namely define and refine their chosen vehicle, learn and master their instrument, find their unique voice and method of transferring their message, learn how to connect with an audience or another creative mind to stir the pot, and eventually within themselves have the ability at a moment's notice to share their insight and individuality with others ... and then if they were lucky enough, they would "Have" the opportunity to record and release this uniquness to wider audiences, to seek both approval and integrate themselves into the meaningful fabric of other people's lives, become part of their fans' well-being and hopefully inspire in them the feelings and the defference to bridge gaps and bring closer others who too could be inspired by such an artist's vision and music...

 

But that was the past ... Have Do Be is the present ...

Today, the word "Artist" is truly losing meaning and validity for the most part. We are living in the age of delusion, and musical dilution. You "Have" the ability to go into a store and buy a microphone and a Digi02 system, hook it up to your computer, "Do" a little bit of tinkering and pattern selection from the preset sound and filter banks given to you (rather than spend actual time in creating from scratch a catalogue of sounds and textures you yourself wrought from your inspired mind for example), plug in your mic, and, as the military ads suggest, "Be" All That You Can Be !  Although I am a big believer in freeing one's mind from the watershed of complacency by pushing yourself into activities that expand and propel your sense of self, what has been the result of the vast majority of this aforementioned practice is : severe artistic mediocrity, a philosophical lack of depth or vision in communicating the poetry of music and words, and a self-professed delusional air of entitlement that every Tom Dick and Harry with their 1000 Facebook followers is ready to take up the mantle of being "the next best thing".  

 

Is this over-abundance of mindless dribble occupying our attention worth it ? We all know, and have repatedly seen, that sooner rather than later all these talentless wannabees disappear into the ether.. so is it really so important that they exist to distract and blind the majority of postential fans out there from paying attention to real artists of true substance and promise ? Those who truly inspire, not those whose sole talentless musical work is to feed their desire for attention and fame ? 

 

Apparently, today, sucking is sheik and fashionable, and can buy you fame and fortune and build you enough music industry machinery willing to disarm you of virtually 100% of your earnings.  Kind of like when a B-movie crosses the line from being so abhorrant that it becomes in fact funny. The fact that it is so unbelievably laughable and ridiculous is what makes it relevant to many. Art seems ot have become almost like a car accident with rubber-necking.  So much of the music permiating today's waves is, well, a joke.  But so mediocre it is, I guess I just simply don't get the punchline.

 

 

 

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