GUEST BLOG: John O’Callaghan (The Maine)

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[T]he Maine’s music has always been captivating, ground-breaking, and most interestingly; difficult to pigeon-hole. From the pop sensibilities of first album ‘Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop’ in 2008, to the relative depth and character of 2013’s ‘Forever Halloween’, a lot has changed in the Arizona-natives camp over the years. But one thing remains constant: their true passion for what they do, and the belief that originality is never far away.

Lead singer and all-round insightful dude John O’Callaghan agreed to write us up a little something about that very matter.

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[H]it The Scene kindly asked me if I’d be interested in talking about something that irks me when it comes to the industry of music, and after deliberating with myself for some time I formulated my stance. Rather than spouting the normal pessimistic or deconstructive verbiage sure to be heard from the depths of a message board or YouTube comment section, I thought I’d take this opportunity to simply express a worry and prediction I have pertaining to the future of music.

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco stated it rather perfectly when in their tune “You Never Know” he sings, “Come on children you’re acting like children, every generation thinks it’s the end of the world.” I do not believe the end of music is near, but I do believe that the baseline by which both music and popular culture are measured must be raised in order to further their longevity. I understand the completely subjective nature of deeming art and expression either “good” or “bad” and realize that popular opinion will always seem a bit lame to me, but the lack of effort shown in the blatant duplication of works and sounds and sights is what has me worried.

There will never be another John Lennon or Ernest Hemingway or Ansel Adams, but this doesn’t mean that there won’t be individuals that impact the respective worlds of art in the same or even greater ways. Yet if we continue to allow the watered-down attempts at expression to thrive and flourish, this drab and contrived nonsense will still dictate what others will create and publish in their attempts to taste similar success. We must demand more in order to expect more.

All that said, all hope is not lost as far as I’m concerned as daily I am discovering new and exciting tunes, images, etc thanks to the internet and the online community of like-minded folks. The hunger for higher expectations must grow in order for the artist to survive. To end this ramble of what now seems like a pretentious blog I leave you with a quote from the “father” of modern philosophy that seems quite pertinent to my spouting…

“Any community that gets its laughs by pretending to be idiots will eventually be flooded by actual idiots who mistakenly believe that they’re in good company.”

Thanks again to HTS!

All the love,
John