After writing a few hard alternative/modern rock songs that embrace themes from finding who we are to living life with no regrets for my band's new album, an introspective acoustic composition was in order not only to break the continuous pace of overdriven textured guitars but also as a door to some soul searching as a writer and composer. And after delving into what would be the most personal and meaningful legacy in life as I could ever envision it, What Would You Do was written. Regardless of how tough or sensitive we may portray ourselves to the world, it is always both gripping and notable whenever we come across stories of ordinary people who have done so much for mankind. Their selfless and kind actions challenge the very core of who we are, the meaning of our existence and what we share in this world as humans. And although our initial reaction and perhaps by instinct, might be to say we are too little to be able to accomplish so much; far too often we forget it only takes a small effort to cast a stone down the gorge in order for the echo to resonate across the valley."
So we're competing. What's new? Isn't every other band under the sun as well?
But after persistent and pervasive ads and requests, very few of our fans actually took the time to register and vote. How did we get the majority of votes we received? Well, let's say they may have been from other bands. From our fellow aspiring musicians perhaps...
But as I examined the entire spectrum of contestants desperately trying to gain votes and "fans," what I really found was bands voting for bands. Literally all day long.
And while this musical camaraderie may very well get some band to 4,000 plus votes, what will matter at the end? In other words, is it really worth to command every band member to take turns everyday and night, all day and night long; to vote for others so others will vote for you? Will these "earned" votes alone get an act to be selected or will the officiating panel also look at the music itself, its quality, the image of the band and finally, its potential?
Personally and honestly, I speak from the stance of unashamed guilt for "I too have sinned" - if harvesting careless votes from others is considered so.
But at the end, what all of us (bands) share is the mutual sentiment that our professional image is good enough for even the toughest art critics. That our music is good enough to go up against major label artists we look up to. That we're serious enough and our recorded work and timeless hours rehearsing demonstrate we're worth a shot.
Good luck to all Battle Of The Bands contestants. On the verge of all excitement in spite of such opportunity - go practice and go vote!