I read you and I know why I didn't continue to study in art. You can take the critiques, but I don't think that it let you completely cold. I remember when I was 16, I made a project at the High School. Slugguit is going to have a flashback: I painted "Harmonium - Les 5 saisons" album cover on two walls beside the school's library. I really did my best and used the newest techniques to have exactly the same thing that was on the cover. However, they found that I wasn't going fast enough and "decided that I would have a partner". I painted the half of the cover and she painted the other half. Two different styles on the same walls. It was so weird...All my friends noticed the difference in the styles and they pissed me off until I graduated a year after. I don't know what I hated the most: their comments or my work. Then, I had an college art teacher in 1980 that wanted me to paint like him. It was his way or nothing. I couldn't be myself because I had to paint the clouds like if was
always sunny....his skies were always blue. Then, Lennon and Bonham died............and LIPS was playing at the Electric Circle. I never became an artist because I couldn't take the critiques from my friends or to be told what to do when I was creating.
It was my destiny, but I guess that if you LIPS is still playing music around the world...it's because you have to. We don't escape to our fate. The half of the world critiques and talks.....against the other half of the world. It's always been like that and it will stay like that.
Keep on rockin!
I haven't writen anything in months!!! So much is going on I really
haven't had time. I just got home from the Heads or Tails show and
I'm wide awake with no one to talk to!!!!The show went well and we
had a good time. I'm really looking forward to our tour...it's way
over due. It's become quite apparent that Anvil has been mis
represented in the past...being undersold under priced and under
estimated by most people in the music business. It's very sad and
those who have been abusive will more than likely be sorry in the
long run as we out live most and continue in spite of all the
negativaty towards us. Even Mad Dog Colin Brown who has never paid
for a cd or entrance to a show has had the nerve to insult me and my
band for playing the song Mad Dog!!!I don't mind critical people but
when it's senceless and ignorant it's quite annoying. Comments like
you shouldn't play that song just because people know it makes no
sence what so ever. I don't know about you but I certainly enjoy
hearing songs I know by the original artist....even Van Halen live
when they played Jump!!! So what if it's on the radio, does that
mean we should hate the song or band when they have a hit on the
radio? Mad Dog gets a lot of plays on Much Music and for many Anvil
fans the song is well known and is really anything but a hit
single...it's an underground hit....only played on Much
Music...never on radio. In my opinion as the creator, the song is
much simular to Cat Scratch Fever, and believe me when I say it's
not by accident. Now what really baffles me about Colin Brown, he's
a Nugent die hard, but he never would make a comment about Ted
playing Cat Scratch Fever...which was a hit single on the radio and
realisticly made Ted millions of fans and dollars. That is why I
find ignorant comments by some people so difficult to deal with. I
woke up today on the wrong side of the bed and have been carving on
all the stupid shit that's around me.... sometimes it just feels
good to vent my frustrations...I am a human being. It will be a
breath of fresh air when I play for a European audience, at least we
will be appriciated and not be taken for granted or placed stupidly
on a festival line up.............
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