Musicians Are People Too…

Aren’t they?

I write this because lately I’ve notice some of my favorite bands have had to make adjustments to their tour schedule due to “personal reasons”. Now sadly, the first thing anyone ever seems to assume is that it’s due to drug use. Many of these bands have fought hard to recover and maintain their sobriety, and to automatically assume and judge them is purely disrespectful of their accomplishments. Maybe “personal reasons” has to do with an ill family member. Maybe they themselves are feeling under the weather, and rather than give a mediocre performance, feel it would be best to post-pone for a better time. These guys run themselves ragged with near non-stop touring, and sometimes maybe they just need to put themselves first.

I think we as “fans” often take for granted that our musical “heroes”, if you will, are really people just like us. They just seem to have a much more glamorous and fulfilling job. What we fail to remember is that while they are giving us a gift of live musical entertainment, they are away from their homes, from their families, their children and loved ones. We do not own these musicians. We are not entitled to have them at our beckon call. No, we are privileged that they are willing to sacrifice their personal lives for our entertainment. I think we need to be more grateful and appreciative of them sharing their talent with us.

Imagine a world without your favorite bands…no Motley Crue, no Thirty Seconds To Mars, no Nine Inch Nails, no Jane’s Addiction, no Filter, no Papa Roach, no Bon Jovi…yeah, I said it, don’t judge 😉 But really, we are quite fortunate. I myself have been extremely fortunate to meet some of these musicians and let me tell you, they are nothing short of selfless. There they are playing non-stop for hours and they will still take the time to greet a fan and ultimately make that person’s world an unforgettable place. They are not responsible for our happiness, but at the end of the day that is what they give us.

So I just want to say thank you! Thank you to Richard Patrick of Filter for taking pictures and signing autographs with us fans. Thank you to Jonny Radtke of Filter/Kill Hannah/Polar Moon for taking the time away from your friends and bandmates to hang out and chat with your fans and make their dreams come true. Thank you to Queensryche, who never fail to spend time talking with their fans. And to all the others who I have and haven’t met, thank you! Yes, you all chose this magical life of being a “rock star” because it was your dream, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. We fans need to be respectful of the fact that this is your dream, just as we’d like others to respect ours, whatever they may be. It’s not easy chasing dreams and making them come true, sacrifices will always be made. But at the end of the day you need to be happy and at peace with your choices, and no one has the right to judge anyone for that.


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Greetings! I guess you're here to find out who I am...looks like we're in the same boat. I have been writing poetry since I was 16, not because I thought it was a "cool thing to do", but because if I didn't my head would have exploded. With a multitude of words billowing through my brain, I had no other choice but to let them out. Some have been funny, many have been sad, but mostly, they've been guideposts. Unfortunately, I do not write as much as I would like to, but I hope to rectify that. Aside from poetry, I dabble in novel-writing. I have many ideas jotted down, some of them I've started, and maybe one day I will actually get one finished (if I just didn't have to worry about working, paying bills, and simple basic survival). I spend a lot of my time supporting my kids dreams. My daughter is a musician, and my son is an athlete, so between music gigs and school sporting events, my time is pretty much consumed...but I love every single moment of it!! I am also passionate about environmental issues; always looking for ways to lend a hand. Currently, I have an Etsy shop where I sell crocheted items that I have personally made. A portion of the proceeds are going to be donated to two of my favorite charities; Mission Blue and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. You can learn more at Other than that, I love to travel! I hope to see as much of the world as possible. There is so much more out there than just where we are, and I feel it is a gift that we should not take for granted. Once upon a time I was a runner (though some may have called it jogging with enthusiasm), but my Achilles decided it didn't like that anymore so now we walk. I'm beginning to venture into yoga, which so far has been a pleasant experience, and if time will permit, I would like to start doing some hiking. I also love music and going to concerts, coffee is my best friend, and over thinking is my worst enemy. So that's pretty much me in a nutshell. Nothing too fancy or exciting, just a 40-something still trying to figure it all out. I hope you enjoy my ramblings. g. P. S. Remember, "Agree to disagree, for not one person is ever truly right."

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