The guitar'll be the perfect venue for getting out all his teenage angst without any physical violence (until he kills himself at the height of his career, I mean--but don't worry, that'll firmly entrench him as a cultural icon who'll live on in people's memories for far longer than you ever will. More importantly, The Scene will live on without him, so my iPod won't need to suffer for it for a couple years until it withers and dies without note, but by then I'll be tired of neo-grunge-rock because, honestly, your son/friend/whatever got overplayed and I got sick of him. It's too bad, but it's inevitable. I'm very sorry about your loss, by the way. No one should have to go that way.)
Does he need the supporting culture in other modalities to come first? Do I need to, like, write a dark, grimy, novel which is critically acclaimed but seldom bought which somehow gets into his hands and inspires him to write music of a similar ethos? If he can't even unconsciously fall into a cliché cultural cycle I don't know how I could possibly expect him to be able to read. A dark, angsty movie, then? I can't, sorry. It needs his music for the soundtrack.
Should I stop cutting my hair or shaving or bathing while the Kids These Days look to me as a rolemodel and the music follows the look? I'm pretty sure this one needs to go the other way around. I need to be emulating the famous musician for it to be culturally accepted, so he damn well better not be waiting for that. Besides, the Kids These Days can't have an older genreation as a rolemodel for their rebellion. It's too paradoxical.
Do I need to berate him about how lazy and stupid and useless he is until he picks up a guitar and scream lyrics that don't make any sense in protest? I'll do it. To every kid I see.
If you're reading this and you're under seventeen and have musical aspirations, you're fucking useless. Why can't you make good music?
Rebel, you asshole! The current mass culture has no character and I'm starting to get tired of the trendy indie subcultures!
P.S.: Can anyone recommend some good music for me to listen to?
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