Just got TWO PIT access tickets for Knotfest October 25th & 26th.
One kidney later, I regret nothing.
I get to fulfill a lifelong ambition and see MAXIMUM THE HORMONE.

Riku’s new #toy. A chirping #bird. #cats

#cats  #toy  #bird  

Unique

I hate it when people are like “I’m unique and I’m into weird and nerdy things.”
Interests: Adventure Time, Batman, Disney, Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, Fight Club, Radiohead, Blink 182, Kid Cudi, sketching, photography, pizza, coffee & food.
*** Does not like video games and doesn’t read comics. Thinks Pokemon and Power Rangers are only for children. Also, has never seen Tim Burton’s Batman.

Okay, so what did I miss? What about anything makes you weird, nerdy or even different? You like pretty much what a majority of the population likes and haven’t claimed to be interested in anything that anybody wouldn’t already know.
Yeah, unique. Just like everybody else.

I wish I could smack you.

Universal Language

Music is supposed to be the universal language.
What exactly does that mean? That means that it is meant to have the ability to be enjoyed across the globe regardless of the different populations of people. As a form of art, it captures the creators’ creativity, thoughts and emotions in order to play it back for others to see, or rather, to listen to.

Yet so many people have such a closed mind that they still cannot find enjoyment, even in music if it is “too different”, or if they cannot understand it. For example, if it is in a different language.
Different languages should not be a barrier for these forms of entertainment. Foreign movies have subtitles and can be more easily translated, preserving its content in its (mostly) original form, from one group to another.
Other forms of art cannot, but they still hold the same purpose and meaning as they originally had whether or not it is understood.

A painting, for example. What was the artist’s original message when they had made an abstract painting? What story does it tell? What did they see in it? Feel from it? Only they really know. But that does not take from the purpose of the painting. It still stands for others to view it in their own light and to create their own messages and stories from it.

Opinions aside, the possibility to find enjoyment from one language and region of music SHOULD, ideally, be just as easily accessible and open-minded as finding enjoyment from music across the globe in all other regions and languages. As long as it is within the range of my own interests—If I enjoy rock music here, why shouldn’t I be able to find rock music from, say, India that I enjoy as well?

But people are too consumed within their own society and culture that they have a negative bias towards everything else. Is it okay to blast French Rap music even if you do not understand French? Why shouldn’t it be?
But then how many people are really willing to do so regardless of their fears of others’ judgments and opinions about them? Will they think you are strange for liking something so different? It’s because it is much more rare and considered out of the ‘norm’.

And this is why not many can say “I honestly like this and this because _____. And I do not care what you think.” Their minds are closed off from exploring more possibilities for their own interests. It is often too limited within the boundaries of what is common within their own region.
With an open mind and open expression, you are able to more fully find out about yourself and what it is you truly do like.

It’s a constant war of debates. People are too concerned about liking what they THINK they should like in order to appease others or liking what they THINK others’ will think is cool (self-image). If it something too different—well, that just puts their reputation on the line, doesn’t it? What would they think of you?
In metal music, for example, the never ending debate. This isn’t true metal. The vocals are too soft. I’m more brutal than you because I like heavier stuff.
Or this new age rock music is terrible, I like the classics—Beatles, Stones, Talking Heads, etc—and therefore I’m classier and have better taste.

Everything is too divided. Why can’t people just like all of it? Or find enjoyment in variety: some old, some new, some fast, some slow.
I can tell you, a grown 30 year old man who is not afraid to blast the latest Avril Lavigne album has more balls than your average anybody who listens to Slayer.
And who knows, maybe he listens to Slayer too.
One thing that is certain too, he knows himself a lot more than you do.

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Genre Identity Crisis

The reason I hate the metal music fan base: Summed up.

“I love this heavy metal!”
“I think it’s just metal.”
“Actually, it’s metalCORE, idiot.”
“Your both wrong, it’s Nu-metal. Le weak.”
“Frackin’ n00bs, don’t know real metal. Its clearly death metal. Nu Metal is for fags. This is pretty gud.”
“Sounds like hardcore to me.”
“This melodic death medal is awsum!” *headbangs*
“WEAK. The clean vocals kill this. IZ GHAY.”
“I only listen to thrash metal, brah.”
“^^^ Has never heard of Behemoth. Black metal all the way Everything else is for pu$$eez.”
“It’s speed metal.”
“You mean power.”
“Nah, progressive. Idiots. Get out of my scene.”

***NOTE: The first guy was right and the song is actually labeled as heavy metal.

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From Your Biggest Fan

I absolutely hate it when people say that “A true fan likes their work no matter what. So if you don’t like this (you’re) not a true fan.” That is just complete nonsense and it makes you the phoniest (and worst) kind of “fan”. Your logic is nonexistent.

A TRUE fan is honest about their OPINION. They can honestly say to the artist “Hey, I don’t like your new song/work/style, but I do like your older stuff so I still support you.” Perhaps a little constructive criticism makes all the difference too.

A true fan will still enjoy their favorite songs/albums/works no matter how old or different they are and they will proceed to follow up on the artist’s new work because they DO still like some of their stuff, or did at some point.

A TRUE fan will always support their favorite work’s’ by the artist. Through all of their changes and experimentations—through the evolution of the artist.

Even if the artist goes south and turns to complete garbage (by the opinions of the masses) and everyone else says “this sucks”, that you can still say, I DO like this and this from them.

From,

Your biggest fan