Trapped. That’s how humans are. Three bands tried to put it for us, in big, bold and colorful music – loud enough to merit the world’s attention.
Hotel California says you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave. Just your perfect nightmare, with feasts, beasts, and champagne… It’s about being in the dark, prisoners of our own device, slaves to our own fears. There appears to be such a place and the Eagles would gladly welcome new entrants… 🙂
Bohemian Rhapsody, a son’s last plea to his mother. Mama, I f ___d up. Carry on, as if nothing really matters. Sure… Life deals us lemons. If not, we care to look for them. Pull the trigger. What better way to make a statement? Grandly, as grand as could be, so says the Queen band.
Bob Dylan’s Knocking on the Heaven’s Door, as revived by the Guns N’ Roses, spelled out desperation. Just how screwed up a person could be? Prettily… Like Freddie Mercury’s song, there’s a vivid mention of the gun, the phallic symbol. And one always returns to his mother. Should we say, apologetically? 🙂
Living could take some of us, humans, to the heights of status, popularity, wealth and success. There is a spectacular range of experiences – ecstasy and depths of loneliness, the highs and the lows, the ebbs and the flows. Surely, these artists paint the landscapes brightly and larger than life for us. Their songs seem to say, “If we must fail, then we must fail terribly, horribly and loudly. For what else is there?”
Situations do happen and they make or break humans. For the better or for the worse – who is to judge? Definitely, these artists’ music speak to our souls and we sing along out loud, not discounting the possibility that one day, it could be us – in those very same pits. In the sewer, no less. But come to think of it, it’s an interesting place… 😉
It is said, pale and milky coffee drinkers have high admiration for those who drink their coffee strong and bitter. On the other hand, these musicians seem to say, sometimes, for some people, things could go very wrong. Life could sometimes hurt us badly. When we’re down and out, there is no other way but to fight on. Find the door, fight back, and as their music suggest, hard. 🙂
* I have not been a huge fan of hard or metallic rock. (I suppose the main reason is – am a little hard of hearing). But I have friends, close friends who are hard rock afficionados, then and now. Am glad to say, none of them turned “hardcore” in life. They have balanced personalities, happily. 🙂 *