I feel old.
Last night we gigged in a Flower Duet prod at Bridgeway Bar in Sta. Lucia. Outside the venue, we passed by seemingly familiar faces. People from other bands that we’ve probably gigged with and of course Marie, the prod manager.
Inside were kids. As in kiddies. Maybe high school (or even grade school), or college folks. There were no familiar faces. One band of youngsters had 2 female vocalists who screeched (not growled) some lyrics and everyone went woohoo! I am not against angsty or hardcore music with growling, but please distance the microphone from your mouth when screeching, or at least raise it. They were cute though. Another band had 3 male vocalists and they had trouble with coordination amongst themselves.
The younger crowd. Sigh. That means we’re the older crowd (but we’re still young), or at least in transition to being old, but not to the extent of being called oldies. Maybe I can say we’re more mature. Naks!
But seriously, I miss being one of those younger folks. I miss not having to care for anything, being reckless, adventurous, insane and weird. I miss all the fun of exploring things and figuring out what you want to be, how you want to project yourself to others.
To the younger crowd everywhere, YOU ROCK! But remember…
- Music is not about being loud, but being audible.
- Performing is not about showing off but to entertain.
- Don’t scream just to be able to hit a note.
- Being a band requires group effort. If you want to stick out, do it one at a time!
- Do not jeer at other bands even if they suck. Just wear EARPLUGS.
- Do NOT as in absolute NO-NO-NO-NOOOO of tuning up your guitar onstage!
- Follow prod rules. Stick to the maximum number of songs to play!
- Don’t say “support other bands” or “more bands to play after us” and then leave after your set… YOU ARE MOCKING THEM