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Friday, October 6, 2017

Music minus fun.

There's that funny music again. And the really strange thing is, every time I hear it, there's someone at the front door. What's that? A door bell? Oh ... okay. Never mind.

Well, I thought I was on to something important there; maybe a new scientific principle born of some random observation, like noticing a minor irregularity in the orbit of Mercury. No such luck, my friends - looks like the Nobel Prize for Physics will be going to someone else this year ... again. (Don't know how many of these disappointments I can stand.) I understand that our mad science advisor, Mitch Macaphee, has been nominated for the Ignobel Prize in making things blow sky high. That's a tough one to win - it's a little hard to guess how high sky high is.

Lord only knows, we don't do what we do here at Big Green for the love of prizes and little metal statuettes. Neither do we do it for the money. (The simple fact is that there IS no money in what we do.) Nay, we just do it for the simple joy of music .... that omnipresent mellifluous force that lifts our spirits up on high. That unseen power that unites us with the choir invisible. That ... I don't know .... ear worm that drives you out of your skull for three days; thanks an effing bunch, Matt! YOU AND YOUR CATCHY TUNES!

Not MY master's voice.Honestly, if we relied on positive feedback, like all of our coaches and half of our therapists suggested, we would have left this "business" years ago. I've known enterprising individuals who consider push-back a strong indication that you're doing the right thing. That sounds good to me, but frankly ... we don't even get a lot of negative feedback. We're like the band in the bubble. We're music minus fun.

Hey, maybe we're on to something, right? Matt wrote a song years ago called "Motivation X" which celebrated the sentiment: use your motivation to restrain yourself. That's the revolution, right? Go easy on the world. Start a collective and make music because that's what you do, not because you want to rip the world a new asshole and burn through a lot of money, a lot of trees, a lot of water, a lot of gas, etc. Make your revolutionary act the act of not succeeding.

Wait .... there's that funny music again! Mailman, perhaps?

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