There's no doubt that a lot of Pit-goers are of the same mind politically and ethically on a lot of subjects.
That being said, it annoys me how often certain topics come up. Specifically topics concerning the American second ammendment and 'God vs. Atheism'.
Good topics of discussion? Yes. Important questions of our society? The Pit makes that bleedingly obvious.
I just tire of reading the same subjects over and over and over and over and over and over again. Any thread concerning religion, even in the slightest, eventually boils down to atheism. Any thread involving violence eventually boils down to gun control/lack thereof. Any thread that involves science eventually boils down to potato.
The simple answer to these subjects is that there is no simple answer.
Enough ranting, here's my point: We all know each other's stance on most items of talk now. Why can't we get some fresh shit in the Pit? Why can't we stop polishing our internet knobs long enough to have some fulfilling conversation?
I get really bothered when people refer to certain types of music as 'technical'. What do you mean by technical? Finger speed/accuracy? Theory knowledge and its application in the music? Possibly even both?
Literally, the word 'technical' is an adjective that describes an artist's way of using technique. So, I would certainly argue that all music is technical. Even if someone has bad technique, it is still their technique, and therefore still 'technical'.
The most I ever see this term used is when talking about genres of metal. "I like his style because it's very technical." Of course it is. It's his technique. But what, to you, does 'technical' mean? I never hear the word used to describe blues or jazz. Do you relate it only to accuracy when playing fast notes? Certainly jazz musicians have a degree of technicality in their playing, as well? Specificity is the key here.
Please, stop being vague so I can rest easily. Or, better yet, stop using the word all together.
"He's a good guitarist because his speed and precision is impressive." "She's a good guitarist because her implication of different techniques shows her musicianship."
^^^Those are acceptable. ^^
"He's a good guitarist because his music is technical."
^^That is not acceptable. It is vague, at best. ^^^
I'm done now. I've seen that word too many times today and it got on my nerves. If anyone cares to contest what I've said, feel free--I'd love to see other's opinions.
I think that this Facebook conversation sums it up quite nicely. To be clear, I think the guy responding directly to the video is moronic and completely misunderstands and, I would say, even abuses the use of music. And I am in complete agreement with the guy who rebukes the first poster.
Purely opinion, though.
I play music because I enjoy it. I enjoy covering songs that I love, and making new music that expresses how I feel. To me, that is the true purpose of music--to convey emotion in a medium that everyone can understand.
I believe that in this era in music, most "artists" just seek fame and fortune, ignoring the fact that music should be regarded as an art.
Thanks for reading and putting up with this ramble. Could have been longer, but I just don't have it in me
How I got there isn't really important/interesting, but where I got is the good stuff.
So, I drank my fair share of rum tonight. Hadn't done it in awhile, don't plan on doing it again for a long, long time. Of course, as I lay down to go to bed I get the urge to vomit. I get up, do my business, and go back. After about an hour of lull in the vomiting, I get super hot and decide to take all of my clothes off.
Nothing wrong with that, seeing as I have my own, private room in my dorm.
As content as I was lying there naked, cool and not throwing-up, my stomach had another idea. It was time to rush to the bathroom again. And wouldn't you know? As soon as I open my door, butt-ass-naked, one of my roommates walks in.
It's like 3:00am at this point. Of all the times to walk in all night, he had to choose this time.
So of course he sees me streaking through our end of the hallway, naked, and I didn't even have time to close the bathroom door. I caught of glimpse of him hurriedly walking into his room as he took a quick glance at me. What a sight--a naked guy puking all over the toilet at 3:00am. Not the ideal welcoming party for most people.
I'm just glad he didn't have his girlfriend with him.
For some reason I feel like sharing this with more people makes it less embarrassing. Probably not. Oh well, here it is.