Thanks for hanging in there with me on today's show. There were several technical difficulties and I got booted three times in the first hour. Luckily, I have some amazing listeners who hung in there for the whole thing - even when I played the wrong song and had a laughing fit. (And even when I danced like a dork on the Ustream simulcast!)
To all of you, I leave you a poem written in 1640 by Henry King:
LIKE to the falling of a star,
Or as the flights of eagles are,
Or like the fresh spring's gaudy hue,
Or silver drops of morning dew,
Or like a wind that chafes the flood,
Or bubbles which on water stood:
Even such is man, whose borrowed light
Is straight called in, and paid to night.
The wind blows out, the bubble dies;
The spring entombed in autumn lies;
The dew dries up, the star is shot;
The flight is past, and man forgot.
So, as King says, Such is life. I hope to see you all back for next Monday's metal show!
Yes, I'm talking about you three. According to the AP, these are pictures of "Persons of Interest" in the 9 church burnings in Texas over the last few weeks. If this is your picture, then I have a few words of advice for you - and I will try to make them as plain and simple as possible.
Here are a few reasons why burning churches is a stupid idea:
1. You're not Norwegian.
At best, you like true Norwegian Black Metal, and you want to be just like our Viking brothers in the cold North. BUT, you are merely copycatting something only a few of them did 20 years ago. Norwegians don't even burn churches anymore - why do you think you should now? If you want to be just like Varg or King ov Hell, then go walk around Walmart with corpse paint on.....then you would surely end up on PeopleofWalmart.com and become famous for what you really are.
2. The Church is not your enemy.
If you think the church is stifling your individuality, then you are about 300 years too late. Sure, there are forces out there trying to destroy the rights of the individual - but the church isn't one of them anymore. Read a book - educate yourself. Find out who your true enemies are before you go charging windmills (you'll have to read a book called Don Quixote to understand that reference). At one time, Norwegians had a reason to see their state church as the enemy of their individual freedom, but AMERICANS have different enemies to consider. And if you are worried about the enemies of Heavy Metal, then you should learn about the PMRC and the record companies - and even that is ancient history. If anything is preventing you from expressing your individuality, it's your own ignorance.
3. Burning churches makes us all look stupid
When they catch you (and they will), and you are wearing your Mayhem tshirts and upside down crosses, then the media will associate your music preference with your ignorant actions. And then......they will correlate your actions with all the rest of us who like good music. Thanks. And for the next few weeks, writers for Metal Hammer, Terrorizer, and even Spin will spend their time (once again) defending Heavy Metal and its fans instead of writing articles about something a bit more interesting.
And even though they are going to catch you (because if you are dumb enough to do this in the first place,then you surely will have done something to be detected), you should stop burning churches now. Instead, try to use your brains, and consider some of the things I've mentioned here. Don't just be another failed product of our public education system. Be a real individual and educate yourself!