I Scream Therefore I Am

I Scream Therefore I Am JohnCarterDrummer dot Com - Cross Process2
Picture Courtesy of Oh Miggi @ ohmiggi.wordpress.com

While recording old reel to reel audio tapes into digital files I have been listening to this guy named Francis Schaeffer talk about music, art and philosophy. In these recordings Schaeffer goes to great length to show how all good art and music speaks with a philosophy in mind. This made me start to think about the music style of some of my favorite metal bands (For Today, My Epic, Gideon, Sinai Beach).

As I was thinking about some of the bands that I like listening to I began to ask, why are they screaming? And it hit me, because our society has removed meaning from language. Instead of words and language having any meaning we have devalued them into relative personal beliefs. This means that when I talk no one is really listening because I’m not really saying anything real. So I wonder, is the louder amps, the louder drums, and the louder vocals all an attempt to get people’s attention? Are we getting loud to be heard because we are tired of being told that we have no meaning? Are we trying to prove our existence by the volume of our vocals?

I don’t think loud should go away, but did a culture of non-meaning drive a generation to scream for meaning?

Shoot me your thoughts below.