My job is usually to bring you the best up and coming bands and music that I’ve found in a week, but sometimes I think it’s important to look back before looking ahead. This will be my last Music Monday for a month, as this time next week I will be headed out for a month long tour around the US. This trip is the culmination of a lot of adjustments in my life and dealing with something a lot of people and bands don’t like: Change. I always seem to figure my life out and get clarity on the road in a way that I can’t at home, so needless to say, I can’t wait to go back.
I think change, uncertainty and fear are the compasses toward growth. Most people rebel against the simplest of shifts within their lives. These are usually the same people who criticize bands when they try a new sound or style in the slightest way. I’ve always felt fortunate I wasn’t a musician, trying to deal with the delicate balance of creative freedom and remaining the same to keep your fans. Cause what is life without some growth? Can you imagine trying to write a new album, a head full of fresh material and being concerned that all the people who love you might not as much after this? That’s kind of what we’re all trying to do, isn’t it? Change and grow for the better and still keep the things and people we like best, still hoping they will love us just as much if we change or not.
It’s a precarious balance, and one of the only bands in my life that has been a constant no matter how far from their original sound they strayed is Incubus. Whether I loved them originally for their metal-tinged roots, or for the laid back vibe of the monster success of their Morning View album doesn’t really matter. Their albums were one of the first that I fell truly and fully in love with, and in a lot of ways, their albums are my compass. They’re the ones I always go back to.
Brandon Boyd , the lead singer, once said in an interview that the only way to really change is to throw caution to the wind and do what you need to, that the people and fans who truly love you will stay with you. And I think that’s an important message, and speaks just as much about the type of band they are as their record sales. I could avail you with facts about them all day long, about their difficult to classify sound, to their change and growth, the usage of unconventional instruments or their live show, but I won’t. Not today. You probably already know a lot about these boys, and if you don’t, you’re just a click away from experiencing 2 of my favorite songs by them. 2 of my favorite songs of all time, actually. Jim Rohn said “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change”. So today, I’m going to try and take a page from Incubus’ book. Go forward, have some faith that my next journey will take me where I’m supposed to go. I’ll be hitting over 20 states this time around, so I’ll have my ears and eyes peeled to come home with the best new music I can find you. Don’t worry, loyal readers. I may change, but I’ll be back.
“Whatever tomorrow brings I’ll be there, with open arms and open eyes…..”