Why Not Every Idea Has A Good Point

Sometimes we all have something to say – good or bad – but often we hide them inside a negative thought or a self-righteous rant of words that do nothing more than take our time and energy away from what truly needs our attention, our energy. Why not share our ideas, thoughts, and feelings with others? There’s no reason to be shy, and there’s no reason to put off saying our piece – there’s nothing to fear but fear itself.

I recently read an interview with the musician, drummer, and creator of the band ‘Slavic-Punk’ Dan Auerbach who talked about the band’s history as an alternative rock band; how their music has become ‘a place of refuge for people of all kinds, especially for musicians.” But of course, what he and other artists are missing is that this music can also act as an outlet for them. Auerbach stated, “The idea was always to allow music to be a refuge. People have lost hope in something so beautiful, because it comes from the pain of heartbreak, or the joy of creation.”

I think this is great, but at the same time it’s not something I’d like to see as many artists fall back on, because music can also cause us to forget what it is we’re really there for. As a writer, I can definitely relate to this, and I find listening to music to be like a little dose of real life, and this can be a huge problem in times of turmoil. I do listen to music when things get too hectic, but I’m aware that we have to be able to differentiate how much of a bad thing music can be.

The album ‘All The Small Things’ by The Cure captures the feelings that many people with autism have about their lives at one point in time. This album is very popular amongst people with Asperger’s, and there are many videos on YouTube of people just talking about how cool the album is for people like them. This album captures the feeling that many people with Asperger’s have of feeling different, and they don’t necessarily look good with it. I think people with Asperger’s struggle with this idea of being different, or being the “other”, and having that thing that others don’t have.

I’ve had an autistic kid for over six years now. I feel like music just sort of fits us perfectly, especially this album (I’m a big aficionado of electronic music and it’s one of those things that if I don’t listen to it, I don’t feel like myself). So I was very excited to try the EP, and even though it was a little difficult getting into the music, overall I had a really good experience, and the songs really helped me to get into it because the lyrics were so relatable. The songs gave me a lot of hope, to keep going, and to be okay with what life has to offer – even with autism, or any kind of disability you have to cope with.

My favorite part of the EP is that it was written and recorded in seven days, and yet the EP actually made me remember my love for music. There are definitely more people that love music than just the autistic community – everyone can appreciate and enjoy music regardless of personal experience. I’m very thankful for the amazing songs on the EP that were brought to life by my friend and my favorite musician, Brian Eno. As an example of how he can make a really beautiful, uplifting song, this is a song of inspiration that gives me hope, and reminds me that there are so many awesome things that people love that they feel like they can’t live without, no matter what:

“As a whole, you need to make it through – you can’t live the rest of your life, can you? There’s such beauty in the face of the void – it’s the ultimate in irony of the situation – yet you know perfectly well this is where you belong right now. You’ve done the hardest thing you can do and you’re still standing alone.”

I’ll end this by thanking the producers of the EP – you were amazing, and the amazing team of musicians you’ve gathered for this EP were truly the best. I’ve found my new favorite band. Thanks to all of you, this song is definitely gonna make the chorus dance.

In a previous blog where I talked with Michael and he mentioned a music producer in the blog, he ended up saying that the producer/artists he’s worked with were like musicians that he knows personally. This makes me believe that what Michael is referring to is the same concept we’re going with – an artist is like a musician and is there to be there for other artists that they respect, and do whatever they can to further the art form of music.