I know I’m about 20 days too late on this…but better later than never, right?
As I’m sure you all know by now, Lostprophets, (or Wales’ finest as I used to call them many moons ago), announced on their Facebook page on October 1, 2013, that they decided to part ways and no longer be a band together, anymore.
Let’s just take a moment to let that sink in.
I’ve been a large supporter of the group since around 2004. I had known of them about a year ago before, and maybe even had seen snippets of Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja on MTV once, but I honestly cannot recall 100%. I remember being into Chevelle (band, not car :), bee tea dubs, Wonder What’s Next is a good album), and seeing a picture of Lostprophets from Ozzfest. My initial reaction, as my reaction had been to many bands in that time period, was, “who is this nu-metal crap band? They’re just trying to be like Incubus.” I don’t even know still what ‘nu-metal,’ is…I just knew the term as that was this new genre back in the hey day of the early 2000s.
(Funny thing was, I also did not like Icubus originally either, but then I heard Pardon Me randomly on the radio and it just grew on me, but that’s another story for another day…)
Ha, that’s what has happened with a lot of music I listen to — I either love the song immediately or hate it. Then, as fate always has it, I decide to listen to it again, and maybe after 1-5 spins (approximately) of repeat listening, I really start to enjoy it. (The same thing has happened with Black Veil Brides, Escape the Fate (specifically There’s No Sympathy For the Dead and anything pre-jail time for Ronnie Radke.)
Anyway, flash forward to 2004, and I kept seeing the end of this music video on Fuse.TV (remember when they used to play all rock and metal and had that show IMX? Good times…that music stock exchange was a genius concept - I never understood it, but it seemed genius.) I remember watching a video and thinking "okay, this chorus has really trite lyrics… ‘still tomorrow/forget the sorrow’…what?" …and, of course, after deciding one day to not flip channels, as I was curious to know who this band actually was, it turned out to be Lostprophets.
You can imagine my surprise as I thought to myself, “Wait, this is not nu-metal crap, at all! This is rock…I think I like this song!”
After learning more about that song (Last Train Home - a song that still means a lot to me, to this day), and researching a bit more about Lostprophets, I realized this band was not just your typical rock band… They were from a small mining town (Pontypridd, Wales), had intelligent responses in their interviews, had a sense of humor, and, what honestly impressed me the most, was that, along with getting higher education, I eventually found out, a few of them, (at least at that time), were something called ‘straight-edge.’
I remember reading an article about Last Train Home - I always felt I connected with the band in some way from that moment on. Perhaps it was how the interviewer had typed something along the lines of that song sounding like the lead singer had his heart ripped out and had it thrown in the trash can, (which, coincidentally enough, had also been my same reaction when I first heard it) - or perhaps it was their sense of humor and, as I said, intelligence, integrity, and honesty as artists - but the band, as a whole, really meant and still does mean something special to me. They were just ‘cool’, I guess, my far away ‘friends,’ even though I never have met them.
They were also one of the first bands I got into that, well, screamed a bit in their work. It was a bit surprising for me - as they sounded a bit different than some of the music I had been listening to (Blink 182, Incubus, Linkin Park, and, of course, long-time favorites, Matthew Good (formerly of Matthew Good Band) and Butch Walker (formerly of Marvelous 3). Maybe, upon looking back, they were not all that different, but to me, at that time, they were.
…What really sealed the deal, though, was, I remember, once doing my intermediate statistics (STAT 350) homework on the computer before I went to class, and I managed to find a copy of To Hell We Ride to listen to.
I remember hearing it as I did my homework.
The song played.
And…believe it, or not, immediately after it ended, I hit ‘play,’ again.
At that time, and perhaps, even now, it is very rare for me to like something immediately - first time, no questions asked and/or arguments in my head (e.g. ‘really, Maria, you like that?!).
So…that are some of my first memories of
I’ve followed their work ever since - when they were on MySpace (hey, Tom), I eventually joined. I also was on the band’s web message boards for a while. I loved their bold way of writing to their fans, in particular. Later on, I was really impressed with the design work on their albums (that Pheonix still is pretty awesome), their clever song titles, and their honest and down-to-earth interviews minus the arrogance, or the ‘we want to be the best band ever,’ kind of vibe.
I think at the end of the day, given the current circumstances, a choice had to be made…while situations like these can go one out of three ways, (e.g. either the band breaks up, they wait, and/or the band gets a new lead singer), I think as long as the band is collectively satisfied and in agreement with the choice they made as a band, then, at this time, that’s the right choice. Sometimes you have to do, what you have to do.
Life is full of obstacles, challenges, moments of despair, loss, and confusion - the important thing is to be able to rise above all of these things and do what is best for you.
In this case, the band had to do what is best for them - individually, collectively, and perhaps, most importantly, artistically and for the sake of their own artistic integrity.
Despite all the hulabaloo, and chit chatter, the most important thing, here is, if the band can continue going on not just as artists, but people in whatever career paths they choose to go in and be there for their families, (as anyone else would do) - that’s the most important thing.
I wish Lee Gaze, Stu Richardson, Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver, and Luke ‘Jocko’ Johnson and their families the best with their future endeavors. Thanks for being my far away friends in the rock world and also inspiring me creatively - along with Matthew Good and Butch Walker, this band really taught me that concept of artistic integrity and helped me realize that musical artists are just that - they are artists creating music - however, they are people, too. They are not ‘celebrities,’ or monkeys to sing and clap on command on stage - they have feelings, dreams, aspirations, morals, values, beliefs, and ideas just like the rest of us.
Now, if only the rest of the world realized this about any musical artist, actor, actress, and/or any ‘entertainer,’ think of how much nicer the rest of the world would be.
Really — think about it.
As for me, I have to go now - otherwise, I’m going to miss the last train home.
xXx (I also learned this ‘x’ thing from Lostprophets - I think it means ‘straight-edge,’ but I just do it, because maybe I think it cool - it’s the Maria way of showing just a little bit of affection - or, maybe, it means x marks the spot…? Hmmm…I’m still not sure :)
Thank you and until next time…(or as Lostprophets sang, “even through your doubts, we will still be here…”),
PS - To read the band’s departing statement, please go to www.facebook.com/lostprophets
Eight minutes left until my birthday draws to a close…
As I grow another year older and I’d like to think another year wiser, I encourage all of you to give thanks on the anniversary of your birth.
You never know if you’ll be around to see the next one…
Keep working hard and believing in yourself and your capabilities.
::Always remember how amazing you are and how much magic you have inside of you::
As Walt Disney said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Stay true to you and your morals, values, and beliefs, for it is this ideology that keeps your dream(s) untainted, protected, unique…and, most importantly, yours.
Don’t ever forget that.
The Best from A Friend,
Fight the urge for comfort. Leave it for when you’re taking a break. Push yourself, break through barriers, and go beyond your wildest dreams. Remember, dreams aren’t meant to be a final destination. They are merely a pitstop to the next dream. Live to dream and dream to live. That’s the only way. #dreams #goals #ambitions #passion #life #nevergiveup Picture source: Zedge
For those who read my blog know that I strongly believe in the concept of working hard and believing in yourself and in your dreams. What a new perspective…to go outside of your comfort zone is to go forth…into the realm of opportunity.
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I wonder when it’s raining outside if Missy Elliott is like ‘I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN! I WONDER…when it will stop?
Everything is Ok - Peter Tunney
…and it is.
Patience child, patience. Remember, life is a journey. If you got everything you wanted all at once there’d be no point to living. Enjoy the ride, and in the end you’ll see these “set backs” as giant leaps forward, only you couldn’t see the bigger picture in the moment. Remain calm, all is within reach; all you have to do is show up everyday, stay true to your path and you will surely find the treasure you seek. — Jackson Kiddard (via thelittlephilosopher)
…for all of the creative minds,dreamers, and artists out there…
Stay true to you.
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in a MMMBop are you really gone?
…in a MMMBop are you really there?
Life’s little mysteries…
Okay, world — so, for the five people who probably read this blog (hi, bee tea dubs:), while I posted about Towers in an earlier post, I actually did not hear it until a few days later.
Sometimes, as you all know, life can get busy.
I wanted to share with you all, though, that upon hearing it, it definitely has song of the week potential - and, you know, what, maybe it is! Towers (On My Way), the acoustic version, is haunting, beautiful and the tempo is just…different (for a lack of a better word) than the original hard rocking track off of Bones. You can purchase this song, by the way, through iTunes or Amazon. Perhaps there are snippets on YouTube, as well.
I have enjoyed all of YG's acoustic songs…so this is nothing new, but I like how, when the band creates these versions it varies quite a bit from both an instrumental and musical perspective. You can hear the different layers of audio and instruments, especially the range of percussion sounds. Compiled all together, this song, especially, just sounds brilliant with all of these elements (not to be confused with that song from All Our Kings Are Dead, mind you.) :)
Wouldn’t it have been amazing (or maybe it’s just me) to have been in the studio with them for at least a part of their session when they were recording this track and learned//shadowed how they decided to mix and put it together the way they did?
This is a wonderful example of music being true art. How do musical artists know what can go where? Is it like other art, where you just think, ‘well, hey, let’s add a little bit of the maracas here to showcase the percussion quality of the song’? Or, is it a pick-and-choose and/or guess and check type of method? Any insight on this would be great - feel free to let me know. :)
I encourage and recommend you all to listen to this song especially if you like acoustic works by artists and/or slow melodic songs. I think its these types of works that not only add a whole other vibe to the original song, itself, but it also provides greater meaning to the song, as a whole. It can be interpreted on an entirely different level and/or maybe it’s just me, your mind just wanders and you start to envision all of these creative writing/music video/film ideas that you’d love to talk with the band about and/or write for the world to be amazed with (in great hopes).
That last part was probably all me (ha), but I really feel music as an art can be an excellent outlet for creativity and/or inspire it.
I hope you can listen and perhaps even be a bit inspired and/or feel reflective about your own creative pursuits.
As always, free to let me know your thoughts.
Happy early Monday and best wishes for a great week. You deserve it. Don’t settle for anything short of awesome. Always remember that there is beauty and passion in the world — if you really try, you can see, feel, hear and be just that.
Best and thanks,
Is One Direction's Best Song Ever, really suppose to be the best song ever?
If not, it really should be titled, Most Misleading Song Title Ever.
Have a good night!