While My Guitar Gently Weeps
We live in an era where technology is taking over at a quick pace. This has now unfortunately(for the rock and roll enthusiasts) taken over music. Remember the days when millions would wait in front of the stores to just get a glimpse of an album cover? Be it the legendary “Dark Side of the Moon”- a masterpiece by Pink Floyd or trippy albums of Jim Morrison or “The Black Album” of Metallica,rock music was at its peak. It seems as though the era of classic rock/metal is fading away.Today there’s less creativity and more plagiarism in the music industry. It is as if any random DJ can come forward and convert a great song to garbage. Not intending to offend the “EDM lovers” but ask yourselves this-would you pay 5k to go to an EDM concert to just see a laptop and a random jackass throwing his hands in the air like a loner on stage or invest that money in going to see legendary musicians making music on stage right in front of you? There was a time when stage dives and moshpits would be the perfect epitome of expression. Rock and Metal music were at their peak during the 70s and 80s.These genres changed the thinking and understanding of societies.Expression was the key feature of such music. Here’s an extract from the hit single “Metallica-One”-
“I can’t remember anything
Can’t tell if this is true or dream
Deep down inside I feel to scream
This terrible silence stops me
Now that the war is through with me
I’m waking up, I cannot see
That there is not much left of me
Nothing is real but pain now
Hold my breath as I wish for death
Oh please, God, wake me”
Through this song a story is being told.Its about a young soldier who always had a different understanding of democracy and grew up to serve in the World War 1. Having been shot down by a missile in the war he loses all his vital organs.Fed through tubes and kept alive for nothing,he soon tries to communicate with the nurses through Morse Code and tell them to kill him.Hence a complicating situation of practising Euthanasia arises. This whole song revolves around the hiprocracy of manhood and warfare. It magnifies the lives of such soldiers who come back half dead from wars and have nothing left,not even honour(in reference to World War 1).
Quite a deep thought ain’t it? That’s what makes the genres of rock and metal be a class apart in terms of expression and public message. There are thousands of such masterpieces that have been composed over the past few decades,but all this has only come down to the senseless creation and domination of EDM. Call it fate or influence,this generation is definitely not a good one for rock and roll maniacs!