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Thread: Well I'm Back. Again.

  1. #26
    Moderator
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Everywhere
    That's my next album.

  2. #27
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2001
    Location: Somewhere
    rock is about rebellion, plugging a guitar into an amp and making a loud stink noise that annoys the hell out of your parents.

  3. #28
    Moderator
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Everywhere
    I don't think it ever has been for me. Banging on a guitar or drum is certainly cathartic and everyone has their own reasons. I think I got stuck in a prog abyss for so many years because that part of it just got old. There's a whole other side that's more celebratory or cerebral than rebellious. I spent many years lost in my own head digesting Yes, Genesis, Spock's Beard, Symphony X, Dream Theater, Rush, and the like because I enjoyed listening to people who'd mastered their craft to that degree. Then I got bored of that and bounced back to a lot of 80's pop that I ignored because I was a metal head. I think I've finally centered on bands like The Winery Dogs (Ritchie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy, Billy Shennan), Jellyfish, Big Wreck/Thornley, the new Kip Winger stuff (more like World music) and his band thing which leans hard into prog even more than it did before. Just bands with guys that can play their asses off and smoke instrumentally, but have figured out how to bottle that into 3-4 minute songs with hooks and actual melodies and refrain from the masturbatory bullcrap of most prog. Between that stuff and some particular recent pop and hip-hop, I'm pretty happy with what I have to listen to - and I don't enough time to really sink my teeth into a lot of it, so it's more than enough to keep me satisfied. I think this is the point where I really do turn into the old guy who just wants to sit and listen to his Beatles records and ignores the rest of it. I don't want to turn into that but the effort to find things that resonate with me musically far outweighs the reward in a given year. There are nice surprises sometimes like a Bruno Mars or Opeth album, or even country like Brothers Osbourne that feels genuine to me, but overall it sounds like the same producers using the same hi-hat/snare samples and the same recycled melody from last summer than people already forgot because there was no substance to it.

    I've realized at this point I have 'Life Music" - things that have become my soundtrack, so there's nostalgia wrapped up in it that makes it better to my ears and emotions than it objectively is. For instance, I hate My Chemical Romance, but I heard The Black Parade album about a week after I was told I needed a transplant. I guess the album is a bit of a concept thing about either Gerard Way's mother or aunt slowly dying of cancer (maybe?). Either way, I listened to it so much during that whole ordeal for 6 years it's just part of me now - I kept that CD at my bedside through years of hospitals stays and live-ins because it was just comforting to have it there in physical form (I don't even own a CD player anymore). King's X was my 20's and 30's, leaving religion and getting older. Big Wreck and Neal Morse was my 40's, raising kids, figuring out marriage. Some of it, like King's X and Kip's stuff has been woven throughout. It makes it tough to wander outside of those artists very far because it seems like now I'm just looking for things that sound like my life, whatever that means. I just force myself to do it anyway but very few popular artists resonate with me the way these older things do. Hard to explain. I just let it be what it is.

    Same thing has happened with my own output. I was very focused at different times on challenging myself to emulate people I admired or stretching outside my comfort zone to see if I could pull off a genre that wasn't natural for me. Disasterous at times, but fun. Everything from AOR to Power Pop to really spot on 90's post-grunge stuff, trying to sound like Galactic Cowboys. I was trying really hard to avoid my metal and southern rock roots, but I just did whatever was natural this last time and I have so much more fun playing those songs and I'm more confident in them because they feel right, and I don't apologize for it sounding like Dad rock or whatever. I know I can play metal or sing R&B because I've done it successfully, but it's not where I live, same as what I tend to listen to. It sucks that I couldn't figure that out in my 20's but I'm glad I finally have because it takes a lot of pressure off in terms of output.
    Last edited by fett; 26th Mar 2021 at 11:31.

  4. #29
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2000
    Location: Portreath Cornwall UK

    I have missed your posts, good to see you again.

  5. #30
    Moderator
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Everywhere
    Hello Medlar! Yeah, seasons change, etc. The chairs are comfier here most of the time and they don't water down the drinks...

  6. #31
    El Shagmeister
    Registered: Jul 2000
    Location: Under your fingernails.
    For some reason, you always struck me out like a West Coast dude, fettums.

    Hi, neighbor.

  7. #32
    We deffo need to set up another Cali meet when the Covid thing blows over

  8. #33
    Moderator
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Everywhere
    Agreed. I'm in Napa atm, but will be closer to Orange County/L.A. later this year.

    And yes Duckeh, my shagging friend, I DO feel like a West Coast dude...

  9. #34
    Moderator
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Is there any region of the country you haven't lived in?
    I still remember when you were in TX for a spell.

  10. #35
    Moderator
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Everywhere
    We've ended up becoming fairly nomadic. It was out of necessity in the beginning (20 years ago) because of all the medical stuff. We recently realized (at the age of 49 and 50) that we've got no shot at the Murcan Dream. The only house we've ever owned we didn't start on until I was 45 - there's just not enough time to actually pay it off or build enough equity to amount to anything. We decided this year to cut our losses, buy a camper, and go wherever our kids are going to end up. They'll both be in college within the year our here on the west coast, and we like it here, so one of them will keep a bedroom for us and we're going to do the full-time RV thing for as long as we can, see as much as we can and experience life. We've been unable to save for retirement, always staying one step ahead of bankruptcy. This is chronic illness in the U.S. so we've just tried to outsmart it as much as possible but it's very much a "live for today" lifestyle.

    dem - we never lived in TX but spend quite bit of time there trying to get into a transplant program in Dallas. Funny you should mention this because my youngest was asking yesterday how many states we've lived in or travelled through. The tally was: 13 lived in, 31 travelled through. I can add living in 4 more before I was married, as well as 2 other countries, and traveling through 43, which isn't really fair because I was a touring musician in my early 20's. I've travelled in 17 countries during my studies in Middle Eastern history but most were clustered together in the Middle East

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