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Music: Killed Daily by Twitter-Brain

Twitter short attention span mentality hurts art and killed music

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN! "Tweeting" would have irreversably crushed Zeppelin's creative genius. You CAN do things you never imagined, but you MUST remove your distractions; THE CHOICE IS YOURS.

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.

social networking, followers and friend counts is a misleading validation of worth

SMS: SHORT MIND SET. He's reading nothing important, saying nothing important, but supposedly sitting behind something important.

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 AT LEAST ONE MUSICIAN IN OVER 55% OF U.S. HOUSEHOLDS.

“Artists and writers experience two to three times the rate of psychosis, suicide attempts, mood disorders, and substance abuse than do comparably successful people in business, science, and public life.”

Study by Dr. Arnold M. Ludwig, a psychiatrist at the University of Kentucky Medical

THERE IS A SOLUTION.

Please help make it happen.

PROBLEMS CAN’T BE SOLVED WHEN YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM.


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6 Comments

  1. Spencer says:

    I think these tools all have the same potential for worth that they have in potential for decay. You’re not -wrong- and I have yet to really understand the Twitter craze (I’ve tweeted three times then gave up in despair). But social networking is an incredible tool… Like everything else in life, an individual should have the self-restraint to only use these as tools, not as destractions. But this is why McDonalds does so well right? ‘Cause people don’t have the self-control to do anything other then over-eat useless resources

    But they can. We should advocate balanced use of social networking resources, rather then the over-consumption of it.

    • Skates says:

      Correct…SELF-RESTRAINT is the difficulty; more time social networking equals more exposure, but more time with your art equals…well, lets just say we see disturbing amounts of young artists validating their self-worth not by what they create, but by friend counts…

  2. Bubba says:

    You sound like the old man you are becoming. Artists need to embrace technology. Even Twitter-despairing Spencer realizes that social networking requires self-restraint and discipline (just like drugs and alcohol). Today’s technologies enable artists to do things they never could do before. And while I agree that there is nothing like the old school art of songwriting, technology is not a threat to that art but a tool to be exploited.

    • Skates says:

      Technology is a huge asset, used selectively as a tool…but to use Twitter successfully requires becoming a slave to it. Regardless of the medium, the 24/7 short-attention span “always-on” things like Twitter are distracting to the creative process. Erratic input equals erratic output.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Bubba says:

    I love it when artists I follow on Twitter sends me links to free downloads, scoops on exclusives, ticket and show info, etc. It’s great promotion. Great for the fan and great for the artist. A win-win and it takes 5 minutes. No need to be a slave.

    YOU could increase awareness of your cause using Twitter. Instead of embracing it you discard it and lose, lose, lose.

    Ironic that I found about you because one of my friends on Facebook forwarded your link to me. Maybe I’ll Twitter it to show the power. I bet your site gets increased traffic.

  4. Nandor says:

    I agree with you, Rat. I am the leader and vocalist of an unsigned band and I created a Myspace, Facebook and Twitter account for my band, thanksfully I fully understand that the true objective of these sites is to CREATE NEEDS that we really don’t need at all.

    I don’t give a damn about the number of fans or followers on these sites, they don’t know me and I don’t know them anyway. I created these sites just because we can’t pay our own website yet.

    Think in the 90s, without Youtube, Facebook and all that stuff. Back then you had to buy an album or go to the shows to listen music, even get pirate CDs was a little harder. Have you ever wonder why the last big Rock/Metal legends appeared in the 90s? Because Internet killed music. Is simlpe.

    But don’t get me wrong, we do have great and very succesful bands today in the 2000s like Lamb of God and many others, but none of them are half succesful as Metallica, Iron Maiden or Gun’s and Roses were.

    Internet is enemy of the Underground. Myspace will never promote unsigned bands, they give mainstream contents to mainstream people. But how can you blame them? As you said, they don’t care about the artists, they care about the profits.

    I ended in this site for a message you Rat wrote in Myspace site. I’d love to support you on your films but I really don’t know how, I’m from Chile and I try to use my money in my band, but if there’s a way to be helpful just let me know!

    Hugs from hell

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