Wonderland… also known as the mystical world of Los Angeles. I recently applied for the chance of being Van’s Warped Tour 2011 Pit Reporter, which got me thinking…I haven’t updated my blog since I (my mom) moved my butt across country. The Pit Reporter snippet has nothing to do with this post. Actually, it may I don’t know I haven’t finished writing this yet. Who’s to say where I will end up taking you in this short (hopefully) but sweet update. As you know (for my whole 5 readers) I moved to the magical city of Los Angeles to start an internship at Machine Shop Marketing. Since then, I have been hired (meaning I’m actually making some sort of tangible income) on as an extension of my internship. It’s been an amazing experience. I’ve attended events I never ever dreamed of attending, such as Linkin Park’s VMA performance.
I’m trying to go with this. I’ve done a lot of soul searching and discovering (Yeah, that’s right.. I’m going there). I revisited a lot of music that got me interested in a career in the music industry.
During college, I became very disconnected with music. In high school, I was always the person who was discovering new bands, going to shows, talking to people about music. Then, college comes and everything shifts. All I can think about is test this, homework that, no parental supervision there, BEER. I digress.
The point is, is that I’ve had a lot of time by myself. No, you can’t say aw :0( It’s been very therapeutic. I’ve regained my appreciation for the artists that I loved and still love. I had forgotten how music can pull out all your emotions and make you feel vulnerable. I’ve discovered new artists. I’ve observed interactions via Twitter, between users that would never cross paths but are now supporting each other BECAUSE of music. (Isn’t that right @IndieBeanie?)
Music brings people together. Whether you like it or not. I know I’ve been critical of certain music festivals (including one that I recently applied to for a position) in the past. It doesn’t erase the fact that these festivals and tours have 1 thing in common. They bring the music community together. A lot of these festivals/tours people wait all year for. The day they attend said festival, the following day they are excited and awaiting for the next years. I mean geez, the day after SXSW ended there was talk about 2011. It’s not a secret that it takes a lot of planning, man power, sweat, tears, beer, smiles, high fives, and ass slaps to put these festivals/tours together. It’s all for us…for our enjoyment. They want US (the music community, the consumers, the tastemakers, the non profits..you get it right?) to have 1 day or 4 days of pure enjoyment. Screw that proposal you have going out Monday morning, Eff that massive summer school test (it’s called summer school for a reason, it’s easy)that you haven’t studied for, take 1 day (or 4) to immerse yourself in the music of your favorite artists. Discover new artists, meet new people, learn something new… Probs never thought a music festival could do so much huh? Anyways- don’t forget the artists and bands that got you into the type of music you like now.
Don’t forget the Green Day’s or the Good Charlotte’s (DON’T YOU LIE TO ME OR YOURSELF, YOU KNOW DAMN WELL YOU LISTENED AND LIKED THEIR SELF-TITLED ALBUM, EVEN IF YOU WON”T ADMIT IT.) They introduced you to the “scene” in which you are now a master of or not…(if you are a hipster you liked them before they were popular, or the band is too obscure I wouldn’t even know who they are) I couldn’t help myself :0)
This post wasn’t planned out (CLEARLY). However, I leave you with this…