coldturkey

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Thinking Rock

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Rock music is electric, vivacious, liberal, courageous and even suave. It’s playing on my tube now as I dip my beak into this irresistible award winning porridge. I make the best porridge in spite of what people are saying. The young man rocking now is hollering. He is hollering very badly as he exercises his genre. Rock has always fascinated anyone who listened. Some have felt their thirst unquenched and kept off. Other have found their taste and gone for more of it. Still others have felt their beliefs threatened and fought back. Rock is intriguing.

There are however a number of facts that cut across this type of music that remain undeniable. They are the dues due the devil, if you may. Hate it, love it but dish it to ‘em in all fairness.

Passion: You don’t get into this music in the morning after waking up. You don’t quit in the evening. Once bitten, it’s an unbreakable relationship. I can’t tell where it bites. For both fans and singers, it’s simply their life. Watch them on stage or floor, eyes closed, palms on heart. They draw it from the mind. Rock musicians have done extremely weird things on stage, definitely after getting into a trance. It’s beyond money. It’s beyond fame. No pretense. It gets to a realm of the spiritual.

Mastery of instruments: This is what I appreciate most of rock. The guitars speak and speak the language of their player, blending expertly with the words and oscillations of the tune. The plucking of the string is perfect, the drum beating wizardly. You always wait for the strings to break and the drums to tear. Until they do, injustice reigns in the house. The instruments are made to totally submit in the hands of the men and women. They is no room for under-use but much more for over-use. They are masters.

Independence: It does not care what you think. It believes in itself and when a million go to the right, rock will go to the left; alone. It adapts to the path of its believed calling without shame. Rock is fiercely non-conformist. A rock band will get into the studio, do a song without a care whether it flies or flops. Whatever is unconventional is controversial. This controversy, which has found rock on the despise side of many, makes rockers defiant, but firm.

I once watched a rock band on stage, Zebra and Giraffe from South Africa. They had all the above and more, filling the place like fumes. It’s my roommate in college, John who gave me a cassette of Third Day and from then I liked it. Christian rock. The kind is wide. With tongs of taste, you will explore and pick your pick. Over time I’ve discovered more and more of the well done, insistent, catchy and melodious Church kind.

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Written by coldturkey

January 16, 2011 at 7:39 PM

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  1. Now you’re telling it like it is girl 🙂 I couldn’t have put it better. I’m a die hard rock fan with diverse play lists for different moods… Most people sadly dismiss it as angry noise…and yet it’s all of the above and so much more…poetry…sheer magic…

    Nyambura

    January 17, 2011 at 9:52 AM

  2. you should watch us at carni rock gis n the way we go all crazy, rok is life and in this life, we are the rockstars

    pitzevans

    January 24, 2011 at 8:59 PM

  3. hehehe….noooow,rock and porridge sipping??…lol…hmmm,enyewe you’re a special child 🙂

    yella-soul

    January 27, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    • Haha…special child of the Lord. You make it sound like rock was a loaf or White Forest Cake aka Ugali, and that with uji. 🙂

      Cold Turkey

      January 27, 2011 at 5:52 PM


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