Passion Under Fire: Creating Discourse in Today’s Ever-changing Musical Climate


If the past few years have taught humans anything, its that we’re a highly emotional and expressive race of beings. As much as “civilized” society tries to elude us to the idea of normality and obedience amongst one another, we’re continually being proven every day that there’s nothing uniform in the way we behave in regards to what matters most to us. For someone like myself, it’ll always be music that is the most important part of my life outside of close personal relationships w/loved ones.

Music was there for me when no one else was. Days & nights in my room when I was too depressed to even walk outside, it was music and my ability to transfer my thoughts & feelings into a musical form that served as a therapy to calm the madness in my own mind that at times felt like there was no escape from. Learning to channel that energy into manner that helped to build me up to climb out of that emotional hole I’ve been in time and time again likely saved my life numerous times. All of it stemmed from a connection that birthed a passion for an often misunderstood medium.

We may all love music but to actually create it requires an understanding of the art that can’t be taught, at least not to the level that we see in those who have mastered the craft in ways that seem almost inhuman. Maybe its that mysticism in mastery that draws people to certain artists or musical styles. Maybe that’s why we become so fascinated by every aspect of it as its means of symbolizing the emotive experience as human beings.

Passion is power. It serves as a life force for many of us—often guiding us through trials and tribulations. Its for this very reason people get so defensive and emotional in regards to certain subjects. Some are passionate about politics and human rights, some about economics and the value of hard work, others have a devout passion to the arts, performing or otherwise—which is why discussions involving the sanctity of the music tend to be a sensitive subject for many people, especially artists and seasoned performers.

Being a performer is a continual transformative process that many artists go through during the most pivotal points in their lives. Starting from that first time on stage in front of friends, family and strangers to that 100th show, where you’ve evolved in your ability to wield energy using music as a mechanism for the entrancement of large crowds. Its a spiritual experience on that stage, any artist/performer will tell you that—trust me, as I have 10 years experience in doing so. Most seasoned performers know what its like to have their live performances judged and critiqued by fans, enthusiasts and other artists like time and time again. Its part of the rites of passage into notoriety in a local/regional music scene. Its this world that MOST artists live in, especially unsigned artists. That’s something the unsuspecting masses at large just don’t seem to understand and its bewildering to say the least. It adds to the illusory understanding of the music world and what it really is for most striving artists and songwriters.

While music is meant to be subjective for the most part, there is also a technical and mechanical mastery involved in producing quality music that is understood by songwriters and producers alike. The greatest artists work years to develop that mastery, be it in producing, instrumentation, lyricism or vocal talent—undermining that for an amateur that managed to hit a stroke of luck w/the understanding of vitality in marketing is going to strike nerves and upset those who have had to work tirelessly, earning their stripes to get such a fraction of the recognition being attained by the newest wave of trendsetting artists in music today. Its to be expected, at least in my humble opinion.

We are definitely living in an interesting times. The polarity of opinions have never been more and more defined in nearly every issue imaginable than they are now. Whether we’re discussing political talking points, modern music trends or whether pineapple belongs on pizza (it doesn’t btw, lol)—its apparent we all have opposing views with one another in some shape, way or form. There’s nothing wrong with that. Its a matter of understanding why someone feels as they do and respecting that point of view, even if you can’t possibly think of a single redeeming reason to validate it. That’s where the trick is. That’s where we obviously still have plenty of work to do.

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