Music: Killed Daily by Twitter-Brain
RT @##bit.ly@#/m! Could Robert Plant and Jimmy Page have written “Stairway to Heaven” if they were constantly stopping to TWEET?
Well, we’ll never know for sure, but the odds are pretty much non-existent. Since our culture insists…or DEMANDS that you become part of the SMS (short message service) Twitter mentality, by joining the short-attention span band-wagon you are directly contributing to the degradation of your own art. To quote Stephen Nachmanovitch, one of my favorite authors and cast member of “Welcome to the Dream- The Rude Awakening of Rock Stardom”:
“Give an artist the time and we’ll make cathedrals. Put him on a deadline and we’ll make ugly strip malls”.
How can you concentrate and truly devote yourself to something if you’re constantly interrupted? Such has become music today. Deadlines suck. Art is a spiritual process, NOT A TASK… If you take the short term text mentality you’ll only have a short term success. Our culture of information everywhere, always turned on to the latest news feed 24/7, allows no room whatsoever for the artist to exhale, look around, and connect with himself and his world.
It’s very sad that young musicians today deprive themselves of the spiritual experience of connecting with THEIR creative element. “Stairway to Heaven” was written because Robert and Jimmy were able to take themselves out of life long enough to allow the experience to happen. Short term segmented moments of forced, time-restricted creativity can never be pure or Picasso… What novel can be written at the rate one word per hour? Besides depriving YOURSELF of what you really CAN do, you’re then giving that to your FANS, who are expecting it to be the BEST you have to offer…
Artists – and everyone for that matter – become slaves to Twitter, Facebook, social networking, friend counts, and it’s misleading validation of your worth. You DO have freedom from this bondage! Turn OFF the cell phones, STAY AWAY from YouTube at all costs, get everyone in the band room and LOCK THE DOOR BEHIND YOU. PLAY. Stay close to what is meaningful; not meaning – less!
THERE IS A SOLUTION.
Please help make it happen.
PROBLEMS CAN’T BE SOLVED WHEN YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM.