I started blogging because I figured I have lots of opinions on things and that I should write them down somewhere. Maybe someone who found one of my many editorials on things entertaining, would also check out my music. However, sometimes I find someone who has a similar opinion and also offers a different perspective. Here is a guest post from DJ Hex, a promoter and DJ friend of mine on the state of “goth culture.” I agree with many of the points he makes here. At some later date, I shall write an article of my own, but for now,
DJ Hex has the floor:
“I noticed in a conversation with a friend tonight that had me really thinking about the nature of most goth nights and the song selections and traditions (this includes deathrock too). It’s true that it’s a big problem when people keep requesting the same songs from decades ago not just because they’re classics but because they don’t seem to want to hear anything else.
There’s hundreds of new bands…
out now in the current goth, post punk, deathrock and darkwave scenes and the prevalent attitude is that for a chunk of bands it’s ok to constantly ape a select few acts instead of going off on your own tear and doing something original. I do agree that it’s incredibly lazy to keep picking bands based upon how much they sound like the flagship acts and that some songs do need to be retired because they’ve been played to death and (this includes a few Sisters songs, Bauhaus tracks and the like) no matter how much people request them, you need to focus either on lesser known tracks by those bands or preferably, just play excellent tracks by new talented bands to keep ushering in new eras in the genres so that they can survive and hack away at the various cliches and conventions that are holding the styles back.
Goth now is associated with…
so many negative traits such as narcissism, greed, selfishness, and back stabbing that it makes people forget that it used to be a beautiful thing when it first branched off from punk. It was just a dark, beautiful and thoughtful and progressive form of music that still had the anger and energy and sarcasm of punk without the dumbed down aspects that were trying to work their way into the punk scene.
What needs to happen is…
to do away with all of the old attitudes and views about what goth needs to be and focus on bringing back the emphasis on saying what you really want to say or have to say, trying out new ideas, not worrying so much about a tag and working with others. If we can do that, then perhaps just maybe, goth, for all the label is worth, will at least lose some of the ugliness that’s associated with it now through the media and people spurned by it; even if people no longer want to use it. At least with that, if someone ever calls them that, at any period of their careers as bands, they won’t have to be ashamed.”
This video for my song “House of Lies,” was made on a very slim budget with the help of two good friends of mine. The song was written about the many cultural “truths” that are actually lies that we are trained to believe from birth. These lies form the walls and roof of a house that we are then forced to dwell in, limited and ignorant. People are now starting to question their validity, and thus the building materials of the house are revealed for what they are, shoddy and brittle facades preventing one from seeing the truth.
Many people have told me that they have enjoyed it, so if you like it, please give it a “thumbs up.” I would be grateful!
However, a basic concept of insurance is the cost of carrying a higher premium to cover cosmetic damage versus the total value of the car. In my case, it has not been worth it for a while. So it made no financial sense for me to carry comprehensive.
Also, having your windows shot out by a vandal with a BB gun was not a likely scenario to have happen, and therefore, in my case, it would have been a bad “bet” to cover this type of damage. It would have cost me much more than the repair bill because I don’t frequent areas where vandalism would be likely to occur.
Anyway, I know that you probably didn’t want to read a post about my thoughts on insurance, but these are the day-to-day realities of what I deal with by no longer having a safe “office job.” I couldn’t continue doing both, so I chose to pursue my musical career for the benefit of both myself and anyone who enjoys what I create. Some things you just can’t prepare for…
One of my many side interests is the mystery of ancient monolithic structures. I also enjoy the speculation that some kind of anti gravity technique may have been used in their construction. Megalithic blocks were placed with such precision that modern engineers are unable to describe or duplicate the methods their builders must have used in order to complete the structures. I am also a physics enthusiast, so my curiosity about the physics of the building process drives me to spend a lot of time contemplating such mysteries. I read others’ theories, and come up with some of my own about how these extraordinary feats of ancient building may have been accomplished.
The anti gravity hypothesis…
One common hypothesis is that anti gravity was used to levitate the massive building blocks. While I would have to agree that some method of gravity cancellation would have to have been employed in order to lift such enormous blocks, I must further speculate that it would not have been enough.
Anti gravity would be an excellent means to help make huge blocks moveable, but there would still be the problem of inertia. The blocks have a huge amount of mass. Negating gravity might make a block weightless, but it would still require a force proportional to the mass (F = ma) to move it in a particular direction. And once you got it going; look out! It would continue in the direction it was pushed, until an opposing force of the same of magnitude brought it to a halt.
But I think it took more than anti gravity…
If you can imagine pushing a very big truck over a sheet of ice, where the friction was minimal, it would be a similar situation. The inherent difficulties of maneuvering such a large mass, even if it were weightless, imply an additional requirement. Therefore, I propose that in addition to anti gravity techniques, the blocks must have necessarily been made less massive or even massless in order to be moved and placed with the accuracy required. Under such conditions, the force required to maneuver them would have been reduced. This would have allowed them to be both moved and placed accurately with much greater ease.
When I’m not contemplating the mysteries of the universe, I write and produce my own music. Get some free samples here: http://www.srmusic.info
Once again, I was was a guest at the annual Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club Ball, ARVLFC, for short. The meet and greet was held in St. Alphonsus church and was quite lovely. The ambience of the church combined with the music of the band drifting through the echoic and cavernous interior, created a peaceful, dreamlike, and almost reverent atmosphere. Some of the decor inside was quite beautiful as well (see picture). Anne Rice and her son Christopher sat at a table at the front of the church, while a line of fans patiently waited to meet the authors and have their books signed. My date and I enjoyed a couple of drinks from the cash bar and some of the snacks provided.
The night of the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Ball was pretty awesome. People came decked out in their finest costumery and the mood was one of general merriment. My date and I arrived about an hour into the festivities. Anne Rice and her son Christopher were in attendance, but they left about half an hour after we arrived. I’m assuming that they had had a busy day and would have another the next day, so it was best that they left “early” to get some rest. We stayed for quite a bit to enjoy the atmosphere and the company of friends before heading out elsewhere for the evening.
All in all it was another fun event. Even though I’ve been scheduled to play for the last two Anne Rice Vampire Lestat balls, I haven’t actually done so yet. I’m hoping that next year will be my year to actually play and that I can add that extra performance dimension to the experience. If you’re curious as to what my music might sound like, I give away my more popular tracks for free here: http://www.srmusic.info