WTF is The Church of Rock 'N' Roll?
I get into discussions and often find people quoting scriptures from their book of choice.
I quote from Rock ‘n’ Roll and Film and it does seem to upset them.
I have been called evil a few times and accused of being the Antichrist by an ex-wife and my own mother for this practice. However I still have yet to find an expression from the soul for the soul as pure as Rock ‘n’ Roll.
When I did go to churches as a Christian for a big chunk of my life, I always looked for a pastor who had been a mighty sinner. If I was going to allow someone to give me spiritual guidance I wanted that individual to have relatable experience.
Hence why I go to the Church of Rock ‘n’ Roll these days for the only scriptures I need. Those throwin’ down the tracks have been hit by the same trains we all step up and put a shoulder down for.
You can’t bring it from within until you have experienced it out there in the really real world.
I have a playlist simply titled “Me” that is ever evolving in adding and removing tracks as they apply in life. I hit shuffle and do as Poison suggested and Let it Play.
It was the film EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS and the recurring theme of “words and music” that shaped how I listened as a child. One of my fondest memories is from several years ago.
I got the opportunity to interview Michael Pare who played Eddie Wilson and changed my life.
When you put words to the music, you take the audience on a trip and if you do it right you bare your soul in the lyrics.
Just look at some of the songs that have stood the test of time and still get airplay. It’s more than a catchy tune or a clever lyric, it’s the soul connection we made with it the first time and found it relates every time.
From the film HIGH FIDELITY
…I agreed that what really matters is what you like, not what you are like… Books, records, films – these things matter. Call me shallow but it’s the fuckin’ truth, and by this measure I was having one of the best dates of my life.
Who hasn’t had this moment and who doesn’t use music as one of the shallow markers we use to know when to walk away before getting too deep into things.
I have found if you can’t agree on music, there is not much else you will agree on.
We do the same thing with films, TV shows, religion, income level and a list of things we use to weed out the people we will have to work really hard at getting along with to find the people it’s almost effortless with.
GET OFF THIS from Cracker suggests if you want to change the world shut your mouth and start to spin it. Live it or why bother talkin’ it unless you like feeling like a hypocrite. David Lowry is one of the most underrated songwriters of our time.
KISS sings WE ARE ONE. Everywhere I go, everyone I see and I see my face looking back at me. We play the mirror for each other without even thinking about it and call it just being us.
Alanis Morissette sang YOU LEARN and there is a lot of things you learn by living that no book could ever teach. I recommend biting off more than you can chew to anyone. One of the best teachers in life is how we chase after the big dream while just trying to survive another day.
Nikki Sixx has been dropping wisdom in lyrics for decades and the song LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL is a road map to life.
Living Color has been influencing my view since the release of CULT OF PERSONALITY. One of those songs that when it comes on I turn it up and you better shut up. Only you can set you free.
SIMPLE MAN by Lynyrd Skynyrd sums it up by simply reminding us all you need is in your soul.
Lastly I want to bring it to The Temple of the Dog who’s song HUNGER STRIKE says that I don’t mind stealing bread from the mouths of decadence but I won’t feed on the powerless…
If every word is heard than every song sang is how we worship. Think about that next time you think about singing along to your favorite music.