Monday, December 13, 2010

When I first listen to a band I don't think to myself "where are they going from here?". When I first listen to a band, I think about what they are doing now. Actually, I don't think that. I listen to a band for the first time to see if it moves me. If I respond to it in any way. In this age of instant gratification, and the abitility to pick and choose what you like, I still have to buy entire albums instead of single songs. I need to know what the band is trying to do, like the whole is worth more than it's parts. With the 30 year anniversary of the passing of John Lennon I started thinking of what it is that draws me to certain music/bands/artists, and I think that it has more to do with the ability to evolve than it is what they are doing at the moment. For example, I really like 311. But the fact of the matter is, it's all the same. When you look at bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Kinks you can see and hear the progression of thier vision. In thier prime they were innovative and pushed the boundaries. They created the genre and then reinvented it. I don't want to listen to a band that does the same thing over and over and over again. What's the point. We need more John Lennon's and Ray Davies' in this world. Jack White is on par, but time will have to tell.

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