Friday, September 01, 2006

Moment of clarity

Like a lot of you, I’ve had a bad case of the scenester blues of late. For many, myself included, it appears as though we’ve reached an age where negativity abounds and maintaining unity among our geek brethren seems like a tall order. All is dark. Hope wanes. Oh, Discordia!

But while I was busy focusing on the negative, others were creating. Others were discovering. Others were volunteering their time and skills to the cause.

Fact of life: sometime stuff sucks.

Dose of reality: things are only as good as we make them.

The only person whose attitude I can change is my own. So it’s time for a little housecleaning, internal-style.

The best thing that I can do for the scene is my own personal best. It’s as simple as that. The answer was right in front of my face; I just couldn’t see it.

It’s not about criticism, but about keeping the lines of communication (and our respective minds) open. It’s not about style or manner, but about substance and heart. It’s not about merely identifying a problem, but taking it upon ourselves to fix it.

I am nerd, hear me… type? Podcast? I dunno.

Fuck it! You get the idea: I have found the cure for the scenester blues, and that cure is right action. Do your thing and do it well. All else is secondary.


Beefy said...

I assumed all the beef had died down since Router and I left the board. I mean, that was kind of the goal.

I mean sure, I'll still speak my mind on my blog and podcast, but I'm hoping that stuff won't carry over to the board. I figure all the little fights are harmless until the start affecting the music. So long as you don't start hearing diss tracks I think we're fine.

You have nerds performing live shows left and right and releasing new songs and albums and more collabs than ever before. I do think you and a ton of other people really are focusing on the negative instead of checking out the possitive. I'm glad you're starting to see the scene the way I do Z. Full of cool kids who like to make music, and then other people.

Z. said...

The bottom line is you want the folks you dig to dig each other, and that don’t always happen. It’s a shame and you wish it wasn’t so, but sometimes it is. It’s easy to get frustrated, but that doesn’t accomplish anything. It’s better to focus on the positive and contribute in the best way you can than to dwell on the negative and do nothing.

These are pretty simple concepts, but they’re also easy to forget. ;) We are in a golden age of nerd music, but even that’s not without its pratfalls. Thanks for the comments, Beef. And the support!