Alright, full disclosure here, this one’s a little bit of a rant again. I’ll make up for it at the end though, I promise.
Ok, so the other week I’m at a show with a good buddy of mine, and there’s this guitar player on stage setting up. The dude is cocky as anything; acting like he’s the cat’s pyjamas and treating everyone around him like they’re beneath him. Anyway, so the band starts playing and this dude not only forgot how to tune a guitar, but he sucks. Can’t keep time, keeps messing up parts, plays bad notes, etc. So my friend turns to me and says, “How come it’s always the crappy guitar players that are the cocky ones?” This made me think, because it’s almost always the case. In my time as a musician, I have played and attended copious amounts of shows. In that time, the biggest douche bags I’ve crossed paths with act as if they are best thing to come out of the world since sliced bread (I love sandwiches, so this is a big deal for me) and then they go up on stage and are just awful. Or there’s that singer who thinks he’s a rock star because he’s got a show at some bar, and then goes up and sings out of key and/or with an accent that he doesn’t have naturally*. Then you meet others who are super chill and totally awesome to hang out with, then they go up and make me want to quit because they are so amazing! Just last week, we had the opportunity to share a bill with a great Canadian Musician, Arlene Bishop. Arlene was so nice and very friendly with us before the show. Completely down to earth and easy to talk to. She then went on stage and blew me away. Her music was beautiful. It had soul that you don’t usually hear anymore. That and she was hilarious! I highly recommend checking out her music.
Now if you don’t know what I mean, think of American Idol. I used to watch the auditions because it was hilarious to see all the people that were just awful and then listen to Simon rip into them afterwards. It was a little guilty pleasure of mine. Anyway, did you notice that it was always the people that sucked that had the worst attitudes? Where does that come from? If you’re going to be a dick, you should at least have something to back it up with.
It’s not just music though! This can be related to many other things in life. Take art for example. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been shown paintings that are just God awful, but are being played off like they are the best thing ever and should be hung at the Met. Expressionist paintings are the worst for that. Someone will throw some paint or whatever on a canvas and say its expressionist, even though they are just too bad at art or are too lazy to actually try something. I’m not saying that expressionist art is bad. There are a lot of beautiful expressionist pieces, but they actually show an emotion. Jackson Pollock threw paint on giant canvas and it was an amazing portrayal of his insanity because (say it with me kids) the dude was actually insane! Now, I went to school for art, but I know I cannot paint all too well myself, so don’t think of this as me being on a high horse somewhere. I am just sick of people sticking feathers up their ass and calling themselves a chicken.
If I’ve completely turned you off from me, I’m sorry. I warned you, this was an open window into my insanity. If you want, I’ll give you a hug if you come out to our next show. Anywho! I tried to find another picture of Boyes in a funny situation or pose, but I’ll have to keep looking. I did find a good one of Spun though, from the night we were setting up to play Horseshoe Tavern. Until next time!
*That is one of my biggest pet peeves as a singer and a whole other article all together. If you’re not from a southern state like Nashville, you should not have a drawl. If you’re not from England, you shouldn’t sing with an English accent. If you’re not from Jamaica and are Caucasian, you shouldn’t sing with a Jamaican accent, etc. I think you get the point.