The foreword of "Weird Scenes" states, "As a homegrown product of Los Angeles with an encyclopedic knowledge of the southern California rock scene, McGowan appears to be essentially declaring that the gods of his youth are dead.")
Hi, I just really wanted to tell you all about Imperium, a two part documentary exposing the pedophocracy. THIS is what opened up my eyes to the ugly reality of the world we live in. I know it's long but please try to watch it if you can spare some time this is really important stuff that a lot of people aren't aware of, and you can see it's still going on as shown recently with the whole Epstein affair. These criminals deserve nothing short of public execution.
Here is the thing about being an independent songwriter/musician: unless you can pay people to do everything for you, it’s an endless hamster wheel of trying to be well rounded. You have to be aware of your internet presence, professional relationships, quality of your music, how to be a good performer onstage, how to be a good musician while balancing all of those other things, and communicating your ideas to your band concisely and being a good leader so they get carried out. Don’t even get me started on booking your shows, going out enough to establish yourself in the community, and promoting yourself which always feels so unnatural. Oh! Also, finding balance in the rest of your life. And then there’s the big question of “why are you doing this?” It can feel so so so pointless. For a lot of us, the answer is just that we can’t imagine ourselves doing anything else but are we asking ourselves what purpose our art is serving not only for ourselves but for the people who support it. The bar is getting higher. You have to try to be all of those things if you want people to take you seriously because we all get insecure and tear each other down when people put themselves out there and we disagree with what they have to show us, so the hamster wheel spins on. Most of us have blind spots. The few who don’t have as many blind spots feel too overwhelmed to be that version of themselves all the time and so we just don’t. We don’t all want to be famous, we don’t all want to be the best, and we don’t all need to be on all the time. Why are you doing this? What are your personal goals? How does it serve your life and the people who support you? Don’t just copy and paste what everyone else is doing even though it seems easier. Maybe get off the hamster wheel sometimes? I don’t know. I just feel like being honest with each other is the best way to support each other. And it’s hard. Just know it’s hard for a lot of people and you’re not alone. In whatever you do. The earth is over populated. I digress.
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