GRAND ILLUSION

“So if you think your life is complete confusion
Because your neighbors got it made
Just remember that it’s a Grand illusion
And deep inside we’re all the same.
We’re all the same…”
             Words to live by eh? I love this song. What can I say though? My parents raised me on the good ol’ oldies. I love old artists like STYX and Journey and CCR, etc… When I think about the message this song sends though, I tend to stray to artists like Lady GaGa and think about how obscure these messages are whilst remaining somewhat similar. STYX is saying here that you shouldn’t get to jealous about what people have, we’re all human, and they’re no better than you are. Lady GaGa’s “Born This Way” has a similar message, in the sense that everyone is human and equal. Her theology is a bit off, but that’s to be expected from someone who went to the grammy’s in an egg.
             Anyways, I’m sitting her at work listening to oldies and it got me thinking about the state of music nowadays. Everyone is a pop star. There is a pool of talent that is drying up these days. Hell, give me a mac with garageband and I can have a Top 100 hit. Back in the day, before I was born, when bands like The Eagles and men like Bob Seger, were writing from their heart, was when music was at its peak. This isn’t to say that there is NO talent coming from artists these days, but the lyrical content leaves something to be desired. I don’t think Don Henley would ever write about, “getting slizzerd.” Young’ins, go look up who Don Henley is if you don’t get the reference.
             It’s somewhat ironic though, that most bands back then had a message of “Rolling With the Changes” like REO Speedwagon once said. They were telling their culture shocked oppressors to get with the times and that culture was shifting into a new area. Get with it. Roll with the changes.
              I don’t mean to be the oppressor of the new culture, but I do think it needs some shifting of its own already. I’m 21. I plan on being married within 10 years. Do I want to raise my kids in a place like this? A place where talent is in short supply and everyone has a sense of intitlement for being them? My parents are awesome. They raised me with others in mind, but with myself in mind as well. There is a great balance of helping, and making sure my needs are met. More people need to be raised with these ideals. Ideal like school being a place of learning that is needed and valued. Where the elderly aren’t just seen as terrible drivers and scary. Where nations don’t go to war over oil and then lie to Americans by saying we’re “freeing the country.”
           I know, a little more deep than my usual stuff eh? Idk. Boredom at work made me introspective. 😀
-Samo