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Philosophical Rock Bands With Gumption That Make You Think As You Sing

July 18, 2020
Vaishali Adwant

rock music philosophyRock music and sub genres are the most misunderstood for their in-your-face attitude, offensive lyrics, and blasphemy. Rock bands like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Elvis Presley, Travis, and the list goes on speak about meaningful and deeper philosophies of life that make you think beyond the mundane hoopla. If we were only to exist without experiencing everything passionately, we are not giving ourselves the scope to venture into paths of newer wisdom and a way of life. Freedom of spirit is the paradigm of most of the philosophical rock bands that let you experience life, love, and relations deeply. The Beatles spirituality celebrated existential transcendence with their music making you sing along to the rhythm of oneness of the universe.

Living an unrestricted life of putting vulnerabilities on your sleeve takes evolution from within to get you there, and reach a realm in your mind and subconscious that sets yourself free from tapestry of distorted emotions arising from toxic attachments. We are humans, as living beings, we attach ourselves to people and things leading to melancholy away from the harmony the soul yearns to experience.

Rebellion is a philosophical struggle found in them music and lyrics of Metallica, singing about realities of life without viewing them from rose tinted glasses. The essence of freedom that splits away from illusion of reality is the crux of most of their songs. When you start making sense of situations, you cannot be deceived by illusions of appearances and look deeper. Metallica uses musical instruments from across the globe to create a blend of dulcet and energizing compositions.

Metallica has an artistic philosophy in its own right singing about deeper and darker emotions, an elegy with an edge of philosophy that does not drown in darkness of melancholy. Their lyrics have an unnamed feeling taking a view at the world that fills their mind with the rust of hatred still finding a reason to be alive. They do not sugarcoat the view of the world in their philosophical lyrics.

Kulashekar is doused in Krishna consciousness singing about the essence of elements that make the cosmos. Tattva and Govinda have simple lyrics but the composition takes your mind to a different realm. John Lennon singing about wanting oneness in the world through music is a dream that many dream about in this apocalyptic age. Green day has a strong take on the political philosophy.

All The Same by Sick Puppies talks about the beauty of love and oneness, an ideal world filled with love, compassion, and acceptance when you love someone deeply without wanting to fix or control them. It takes a broader view where there is no scope for a social control based on ethnicity, language, or community. An ideal world where everybody celebrates their way of life. Their songs sing about myriad things that life is made up of like success through chaos and misery. They also sing about the rebellion in being individualistic that could take one to the coffin for being themselves and living by with an archetype gumption.

Every rock band sings about deeper philosophies, not necessarily that speak about the higher realms alone but also about the mundane thought patterns, feelings, and emotions felt in our lives in different situations. The list is endless if you have to talk about how Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and many other bands changed the perceptions of people through their music, lyrics, and philosophy.

 

The Spirit And Legend of Elvis Presley, His Iconic Style And Rock-N-Roll

May 6, 2019
Vaishali Adwant

Elvis Presley, the king of rock-n-roll, had developed a distinct musical style so uncanny, that it still has an impact on masses. Think of a retro or a rock-n-roll theme and the hairstyle or costume of Elvis Presley would come to your mind. Every rock star is endowed with a disturbed personal life, so did Elvis Presley. If you were meant to be an artist, your personal mayhem lets you soak yourself in the depths of your soul to create beauty through art, music, and all the creative fields. Elvis grew up in a broken home, that skewed his emotional well being. Gifted that he was, he got his musical talent from his mother, Gladys who was known to have musical and dancing skills.

You don’t always have to get talent from the genes. But, Elvis did, and sensationalised the rock-n-roll genre that is now synonymous to his very name.  Thinking of how talent in the current times is shallow, picking up personality traits from someone else to create a public image instead of developing something on their own, says a lot about how the essence of originality has gone a few notches down. In current times you have to prepare a personality for an artist and serve it to them, that’s the sad reality of reality shows, music, and all the jazz of showbiz works ( kyoun ki business to chalana hai bhaiyya, ethics, originality jaye bhaad mein). It has all the condiments to cook up personalities with almost no calibre and present them to the world.

In times like these, all that made Elvis Presley for what he is, is truly inspiring. If you listen to the discography of Elvis Presley, you can see that his style, musical arrangement, and singing is unrivalled in every aspect. A slow, romantic number, “can’t help falling in love,” is unlike any other romantic track. With a leisurely, uncomplicated musical instruments playing together, this is a track that never gets old. Looking at the distinct variety of tracks that Elvis Presley gave us in the rock-n-roll genre, it makes you wonder if today, artists have even an iota of dedication and passion like the legends of the yesteryear did.

Today’s music is hurried, like it wants to get instant fame and gratification using electronic gimmicks and call it a composition. There is no love for maths that blends with the art and science of music, that you see in most of the tracks of Elvis Presley and his contemporaries. Music is beautiful, when it sounds unhurried, like its taking its own course of time to evolve into something eternal and beautiful that stays in the heart of the people forever.

Elvis started exploring the music scene as young as a ten year old and participated in a contest at that age. He listened to many styles and especially, explored the rhythms and blues, which is a major influence on most of his tracks. He invested in developing a musical style as well as his appearance. He experimented with fashion as much and created a unique style that he employed through-out his career. His clothing had become as iconic as his hairstyle and music. This is what a true artist does. They develop themselves, not borrow traits from others and promote themselves as original using PR gimmicks.

If you are truly talented and have originality, you do not need a PR telling you what traits to show and what traits to develop. A gifted artist has their own thinking and it is original in every aspect. That is how legends are made. Elvis made bell-bottoms, and flared pants with chunky belts iconic to his style. A shy child as a kid, he brewed his own personality and taste creating a stupendous image of himself is role-played even today.

When you have passion, grit, hours of dedication to master your craft, you do not need a PR gimmick to develop a personality, like the humbugs do it today and only see business more than art. Elvis Presley knew what he loved and created a style for himself, his personality is from his own gumption, not borrowed from someone else. That is what makes him Elvis Presley who has given music our hearts and senses celebrate.

Elvis made movies, and acted in them, 33 of them. The hilarious bits are when you see the king of hoax, Andy Kaufman imitate him. Elvis composed musical tracks with various stories and themes, like the Dog’s life, Adam and Evil, and so forth. Elvis takes you to his laid-back era, where everything took time to create with beauty, thought, and soul. Those where the times when you see a man put his soul to work and create masterpieces, over and over. Those who we call old, are legends, and good at everything. Studying them we learn, the essence of life and all that makes creating so soulful and euphony personified.

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