I’m sitting at my kitchen table reading a Rolling
Stone piece on Nikki Minaj. A girl who apparently takes herself so seriously that she can’t make a joke about having a bad trip, but can feature a picture of her ass sticking out of her skirt, wearing a thong and high heeled sneakers on stage.
I think, are these the remodels of today? This is who we are celebrating as an artist? Somewhere along the line being a musical talent got replaced with the ability to be talented at marketing yourself . The art takes second fiddle to the image.
And isn’t that the truth? Our generation has grown up straddling the age of disposable cameras and meeting your friends im town to social media blasting our every move, and the ability to actually communicate becoming a distant memory. We are like regressed permanent pre teens, relying on a simple image to say more than a conversation , even if that image is bullshit.
Of course I’m guilty of it. I mean who doesn’t want to share a moment of triumph or fun with friends. But let’s just say it can get excessive. We all know where the line is drawn and crossed.
But I feel like suddenly , as 2014 passes away shit is going to change. 2014 is the year, that for me, and alot of other people, shit got real. The party ended and suddenly everyone was breaking up,going down, moving out or up, doing too much or too little. Crying and laughing all at the same time. The year brought some of our most significant personal stressors and challenges. All of a sudden the gears switched , the game flipped and shit got really fucking real, real quick. And that means that after we slowly transition out of this chaos and depression, after we sort the truth from the bullshit, the status quo just isn’t going to cut it anymore.
I’m like all of you. Standing at the precipice of something new, something all not quite clear yet. The heartbreak and the pain and the confusion swirling in a dissipating fog somewhere behind us. The morning sun burning up the haze and illuminating the path before us. It’s not quite clear where we are going, but the storm has ended. The lightning is over, the rain has cleared. But we lost the map and are not quite sure of where we are or were we are going. The thing that seperates today from yesterday though is that once you’ve experienced life through the eyes of 2014, a year when for many of us, we were stripped of all the frivolity and brought back to the bare bones of existence , whatever we move forward to is going to have to have be a hell of a lot more in depth and meaningful then how we were living before. Complacency in relationships, apathy at the news, being too tired to find new music, or just turning on the TV aren’t going to make the grade anymore. It just won’t do. The search for deeper meaning has been awakened though hardship and struggle. The idea of turning your head and pretending you don’t see the racial inequality of our country, or the fact that mostly everything we eat has poison in it isn’t going to work. That kind of stoned apathetic mentality of turning a blind eye or a passive shrug isn’t going to to cut it in personal relationships either. We’re not going to be able to deal with vampires who use us and don’t give back in our friendship circles. We’re not going to be able to maintain a status quo with a partner because it’s easy, or convenient or always been there. It just will not work. We as as an entire generation are searching for real feelings, answers, dialogues and new communications. We are striving to re identify ourselves, and re structure the ideas behind what a relationship even is or what friendship even means.
And I know it isn’t soul vampires and Nikki Minaj though. That much is clear.
So let’s make a noise. Get writing some music or blog posts or styling some amazing wardrobes or making films or honing in on what’s really important for your future , and cut through what’s old era. Gone and done. Make a list, find some time. We can do this. Let’s not go down as the generation that was defined by social media. Let’s use it as tool to actually say something. Let’s not be afraid to be vulnerable, to express our real selves. Let’s chip in and get close and not be afraid to give ourselves completely to something or someone. If you don’t take any risks than what’s the point of living? What’s the point of partying when all those personal demons and undead bullshit is just going to be there for your hangover? I say make a move while the gettings good and get a toe hold on your personal shit so we can make bigger, better more dynamic. We can’t move forward as a collective without first facing the personal. Choose your idols wisely, and close your eyes and concentrate on what you really want. Not what you think you want. Now get to work xo