Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Other Side Of Rock

So I am unwell and at home hoping to recover before the new year arrives. And the route that I have taken to recovery includes among other things drinking lots of tea, listening to John Mayer and reading old letters from my friends. And while I do that, here is a piece I came across in an old letter, about the other side of rock. A big hug and thanks going out to my dear friend Vinni for sending me this all those years ago, back in the year 2000:

The Other Side of ROCK…
From Reflections Oct ’00 – the magazine of Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology

“Rock stars live on drugs. The music defies noise pollution barriers. Doesn’t have a melody or rhythm. I can’t understand people banging their heads for this noise trying to force their brain out of their skulls. Breaking guitars on stage, et cetera et cetera…” – for all those who agree, read on…

Look at your young men fighting
Look at your women crying
Look at your young men dying
The way they've always done before

And the wars go on with brainwashed pride
For the love of God and our human rights
And all these things are swept aside
By bloody hands time can't deny
And are washed away by your genocide
And history hides the lies of our civil wars

D'you wear a black armband
When they shot the man
Who said "Peace could last forever"
And in my first memories
They shot Kennedy
I went numb when I learned to see
So I never fell for Vietnam
We got the wall of D.C. to remind us all
That you can't trust freedom
When it's not in your hands
When everybody's fightin'
For their promised land

And
I don't need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Your power hungry sellin' soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain't that fresh
I don't need your civil war

Look at the shoes your filling
Look at the blood we're spilling
Look at the world we're killing
The way we've always done before
Look in the doubt we've wallowed
Look at the leaders we've followed
Look at the lies we've swallowed
And I don't want to hear no more

My hands are tied
For all I've seen has changed my mind
But still the wars go on as the years go by
With no love of God or human rights
'Cause all these dreams are swept aside
By bloody hands of the hypnotized
Who carry the cross of homicide
And history bears the scars of our civil wars

I don't need one more war
What’s so civil 'bout war anyway
- GUNS N’ ROSES

That’s ROCK, very sensible…right? Contrary to what you thought we believe. Most people out here are under the impression that ROCK advocates violence, drugs and extreme behaviour. What made you jump to that conclusion?

3 Thinkers Pondered:

Rohini Kulkarni said...

Lovely song!It took me back down the memory lane of my 1st year Architecture days when I used to spend the nights away doing my drawings listening to my fav rock playlist. This was one track among them. My sister introduced me to Rock music. In the beginning I had that typical mindset about rock music that it's blah..blah..blah... Only after listening to them long enough to realize their worth, my opinions changed. They changed for good.

Rock music is a way of expression. What we express is purely contextual and most of the times based on emotions. Just because it's rock and has electronic guitars blazing their way into our heads which make us sway/headbang doesn't mean it's bad or nonsense. The impact of the music coupled with lyrics leaves so much impact on us that we lose control and sway our heads. The impact eventually has to come out. It simply uses body language. So what if it's a wee bit aggressive.. it's expression and in art it clearly qualifies.

Lovely post!
Take care and get well soon..:)

Eveline said...

Ooo Good Song!

I am a proud member of Generation X, though I understand that this can be a dubious distinction. If we want to take credit for Pearl Jam, Tears For Fears, The Police, Genesis, we also have to be willing to swallow our pride and admit to smoking up, head-banding, Megadeth. As a wise person once said, "you take the good, you take the bad, you take it all and there you have the facts of life." Or something. I do, however, remain an ardent believer that it's not only Rock music that brings it out. The same applies for Electro, Techno, the Blues ;) etc. But me being under the power of Generation X I'm thankful for all it offered and continues to offer.

Vinni said...

I don't know how I missed this but I saw the alert on my blog dashboard just today! :(

I was just trying to recollect the time when I actually sent this across to you. We were in 10th right? I'm glad at that point of time, you started exploring rock music, and now you have such a wonderful taste in music! I remember writing to you about how much I used to hate pop bands and not to mention Ricky martin. Seems like ages ago!

btw, you are yet to send me your postal address. I know you've given it to me before but I misplaced it :(