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We made it. #1. Fall Out Boy’s ‘Save Rock And Roll’. And like ‘Born & Raised’ last year…knew instantly that this record would be an important aspect of my musical life in 2013. From April to August this was the first album in my Car CD changer. I played it for my friends, my family, to random strangers who were lucky enough to pull alongside me. Cause you could find me singing this on the road. Or at Vice Bar / The Wiltern when I saw them over the summer.
All I can repeat to myself is, “Man, what a fun pop punk record”. The listener can tell that during their 3+ year break were soaking in the recovering. What came out of the the hiatus was 10 tracks that come at you full speed. Unrelenting. Unbreakable. And heaps of fun. People talk about music that is all “rise”. This record personifies it. Not trying to be artsy. Conceptual. Or a let down to fans who misses the old, non-drama, fueled FOB.
If this record was gonna be anything…it was gonna be rock & roll in a very Fall Out Boy kind of way. Sure it’s not dark “Queens of the Stone Age” rock or Nick Cave creepy rock. Not serious. A pleasant escape from my serious life which at the time left me frustrated & bitter. And I needed to have fun. And during my 40 minute listening sessions…because I can listen to the entire record on one trip to the office…I could escape all the drama. Maybe be alone together? Staying young forever? Just one more…yesterday?
Words that fail to be created when I think back on 2013. A year where my personal life felt a little more like Bourdain. Met so many cool people. Mostly because my Gemini, Libra, & two Leo friends invited me into their exciting worlds. I read comics, listened to stories, drank beer, saw flicks, cried laughing, and ate my fair share of wings as we grew / evolved together. It was our year. Our time. And I got to share it with amazing people. Life is short. But moments that we had made this year stretch out just a few days more.
As my page turns to the 30th year of my extraordinary life, I’m proud of everything I have done for the past 29. The places still outweigh what I’ve done. Maybe I got more the devil the fuck out of me. Who knows? My granny would be happy. That she would. The strangest feeling is that I feel like I’m starting my life over. My illusionary plate is clean. The amount of new paths laying in front of me reminds me of when I was 16. My life can be anything I want it to be. Just have to keep making decisions worthy of a fantastic future being carved out through my actions & such. I know I’m ranting…but that’s what I do.
SR&R personifies my life in the year 2013: full of energy, romantic, burning for change, and really didn’t make any sense. The beats were pumping & the lyrics poetic. This is me of the modern age on 10 tracks. So, light it up.