Texas heat brings open car windows. That is unless it is 90+ degrees, then people run their air conditioning. Today it is in the mid-80’s. That is pleasant. Most of the drivers puttering around in my neighborhood have their windows open. It is a nice day.
I drop my son off at martial arts class at 5pm. I usually spend the hour that he is in class going running. As I have a huge bookfair tomorrow night, I just dropped off my son so I could go home to price books.
I pull up to a red light and hear this HORRIBLE stuff coming out of the rolled down windows of the car next to me. It isn’t music. It is a electric guitar plinking a few notes and some guy eating the microphone with deep, angry screaming. I sat there for about a minute with this abomination to my hearing. The only garbled words I could hear was “bloody tears”. Seriously guy, what is that utter trash you are listening to? You can’t seriously think that is MUSIC, do you?
Out of curiosity, I looked up Bloody Tears on line. Apparently, that was the song title from a band that plays ‘Black Metal’. What is Black Metal, you may ask? I was curious too, so I looked it up. It is pretty much death, destruction, hate, anger, oh…and satanic worship. I didn’t know that Lucifer had hymnal music. All I can say is that it isn’t music.
Here is what Wikipedia said:
Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal. It often employs fast tempos, shrieked vocals, highly distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, double-kick drumming, and unconventional song structure.
Umm….Eww….I had no idea there was such stuff out there. Yup, I’m naive.
Music to me is something you can dance to. Maybe not even that. It is something that gives you feeling. I suppose the listeners of black metal get feelings from their type of “music” (although, I doubt it is a positive feeling). I know that not everyone would enjoy Ella Fitzgerald. However, I listen to her words and accompanying melody and I feel THAT is music.
I wonder what makes people listen to stuff like that guy had. Are they angry people? Have they become disillusioned with life so they turn to hatred and destruction? Why on earth would you listen to that? I’m sorry. What I heard wasn’t music. It was…something…..
Yup, I’m speechless. As Mr. Horse used to say on Ren & Stimpy: “No Sir, I don’t like it.”