Stretched out on my futon in the lounge of my studio I was thinking about this whole music thing…especially, rock and roll music. “What is it about rock that just sets my soul on fire?” I thought to myself. It had been a long night of recording and although I was dead dog tired, I was sort of buzzing from the great work we had done that night. I could feel this fire in my belly every time I would think the words “rock and roll”… I couldn’t get it out of my head. I flipped on the little TV in the corner and began channel surfing in an effort to unwind a bit when I landed on a station showing the film “School of Rock” I LOVE Jack Black and I thought what a perfect way to chill out after a long night in the studio. I took another sip of bourbon from the glass that was resting comfortably on my chest and felt a wave of relaxation wash over me. All was right with the world.
As I lay there sipping my bourbon and half watching the tele I hear the words…”there used to be a way of sticking to the man, and that’s called rock and roll..” I sat straight up! Thankfully I caught my glass in time to avoid spilling bourbon all over myself. “That’s it!” I exclaimed to no one in particular. The room was empty. That’s what rock and roll is all about. It’s our way of sticking it to the man.
“Ahhhh… yes!” I thought. That is what rock is all about and I got the message loud and clear the first time I heard a cranked up electric guitar. I’ll never forget it. I was with my dad at our local music store, Spriggs House of Music in Washington, PA and the guitar salesman, Vic Dapra was cranking a Les Paul through Marshall stack. My dad made a comment about the noise, but I was hooked. It crystallized for me in that moment. “This is what I am going to do… I’m going to rock!”
Okay… I know what you’re thinking… “That’s cool man… but what does that have to do with me? I don’t play guitar!” Let me see if I can get you to understand…. Rock is the revolutionary spirit embodied in sound. Rock says, “No thanks… I’ll do it MY WAY!” Rock say’s “Taxation without representation ain’t fair so screw you, we ain’t payin’ your stupid tax.” It’s all about independence and being your own person. It is pure unadulterated self expression. It’s loud, in your face and unpredictable. Rock and roll was the response to the 1950’s culture of perfect picket white fences, and conservative values. Rock crosses all racial, social and economic boundaries. Rock is all about pushing boundaries and finding new horizons. It’s the true spirit of adventure. In rock you can incorporate many other art forms. Originally rock was sort of a cross between country music and blues but in the ensuring years since the original Sun Records artists rock has incorporated many many sounds from hip hop to classical. Rock throws out the rule book and says “We’ll make our own game.”
Rock is what we ALL aspire to. We are all striving to carve out that piece of the world that says “This is mine. This is me. This is what I do. I made this and I did it myself.” Rock music….or “music that rocks” is the soundtrack to this way of thinking. There is something about that 4 on the floor beat and those big crunching guitars that makes us want to pump our fists. beat the steering wheel, step on the gas and go out there and KICK ASS! That is the true spirit of rock and roll that is in all of us. Rock music has the power to motivate and inspire on many levels. This is one of the reasons why politicians always want to co-op rock songs for their campaign and why the army blasts heavy rock as they roll tanks into battle. People work out to rock and rock and roll is played at most major U.S. sporting events. Rock gets to us that primal level and makes us want to jump out of our comfort zone.
I could go on and on but I think that you get the idea. This is why I am SOOOO passionate about rock music and why it sets my soul on fire. This passion is all consuming for me and so I just HAVE to share it. I also see the rocker in all of us and nothing makes me happier than when someone finds their “inner rock star”. Now do you understand why this is so important? 🙂
If you would like to experience a little bit of how I like to rock check out my latest CD Lou Lombardi’s Strangelove.