Like the real thing

I suspect when it comes to the existence of black punk bands like Death and black rock bands and musicians in general, they often feel like the real thing. There are black people, even some Africans who like listening to rock music and there’s a Goth scene in Kenya and a metal scene in Botswana. So rock music does exist in Africa.

Actually if you want a stretch, black guitarists (irrespective of genre) do exist. You’ve got Cameroon’s Kareyce Fotso who did a number of delightful songs. Then there’s Tinariwen, an all-Tuareg band. Those are some that I could name but they do deserve a mention. It seems parsimonious to say that they often get ignored in favour of their white counterparts.

It’s not that Clash necessarily did cultural appropriation but that those bands are not being given enough credit. Let alone any focus outside of their relation to white musicians that they’re worth listening to and given a damn about.

Red-haired Scandinavian

I recall a study that practically groups light brown hair with blond hair proper (the darker brown colours with black proper), the European countries with the highest number of redheads and redhead gene carriers are in Iceland and United Kingdom. If I’m not mistaken, if Icelanders (and Faroese) are believed to be partly descended from British and Irish slaves and the British Isles contain the highest number of redheads and those with the red hair gene, it’s only logical that Iceland and Faroes Islands would have considerably more redheads than the rest of Scandinavia.

This is not to say natural red hair’s totally nonexistent in Scandinavia but like anywhere else in the world and even in the British Isles, it’s not that common. Oddly enough, I could name two natural redheaded Danes (Kenneth Bek and Karl William) but I have a hard time naming any natural Irish or Scottish redhead. Either those two whom I’m familiar with or it still proves the point that natural red hair’s pretty rare. It can be faked pretty well but genetically hard to come by.

(Keep in mind blond hair’s not entirely nonexistent in Scandinavia as much as light brown got grouped with blond proper that it might as well be blond all along and the darkest possible colour a blond gene could achieve in some cases.)

Thor’s thought to be red-haired in Norse mythology but the existence of Scandinavian redheads makes me think this character’s not a stretch really.

Gospel Music

I don’t think gospel music is inherently bad and there are some musicians who’re truly Christian (or at least practising ones like that, some thing like Mahalia Jackson). It’s not wrong to like gospel music. But the real issue might be the lack of any sincere commitment and interest even if exceptions do exist.

So keep in mind it’s not wrong to like gospel music as much as the real issue’s the lack of any real practising commitment.

In theory

I do think it’s not necessarily wrong to like Prince, David Bowie, Michael Jackson and the band Queen, however in theory. In practise, whilst some of their stuff’s practically or generally safe (whatever that means) others just aren’t good. However the musicians whose fans prayed to be saved could be halal or acceptable, if because they could change in the future with some baptisms of fire (a popstar leery of cats would donate money to sterilise them and care for them whilst masked).

Oh You Desperate Little Things

It’s not necessarily to like the likes of David Bowie and Queen…however in theory. There’s even a bloke who sounds a lot like Freddie Mercury. As for David Bowie, very early in his career he was desperate to break out in the music industry whether in bands or in his disowned first solo album featuring the Laughing Gnome of all things. Eventually some time later on, he turned to the occult.

This is where he gradually broke through. Whilst his very first album’s fairly decent and wholesome enough to be spiritually/religiously neutral, Hunky Dory features songs that explicitly reference the occult or Aleister Crowley. Especially Quicksand where he sings of being immersed in Crowley’s outfit and even dressed up similarly to him.

If I’m not mistaken, the essay ‘Laughing Gnostic’ suggests that he intended the Ziggy Stardust persona as if he’s a conduit for supernatural beings. In another interview, whilst being Ziggy Stardust, he also said that he professes to believing in life. Who knows what that is but keep in mind he was getting more hedonistic.

Come 1975 and after, he gets openly involved in the occult and cocaine that he grew paranoid about women threatening to steal something from him. He did quiet down in later years, trying to look for faith whilst ironically and arguably screwing up like what seems like blasphemy (to some people). It’s not known if he regretted it or not.

But the fact that he also dabbled in tarot cards and appeared with rather blasphemous items makes one wonder if he wasn’t just this desperate for fame but also oddly Faustinian about him. Alice Cooper and Brian Welch did something similar but eventually changed for the better. If better, they became Christians.

It’s not that David Bowie’s this bad, at least in theory. But he came off as being so desperate for him that he sold his soul to the world and got famous but with a price to put it politely.

Bohemian Threnody

I don’t think it’s necessarily wrong to like certain musicians/bands…in theory and to some extent in practise. Queen itself isn’t necessarily bad also in theory and this proves my point when a certain somebody who sounds uncannily like Freddie Mercury also performed some of those songs. He’s a fine enough man.

But for Freddie Mercury proper, let’s say he’s not much of a role model (to some people). Or any other musician who aren’t wise enough or something. (Alice Cooper might be decent though.) He’s a fine enough fellow in his own right. But the odd fact that he also died from AIDS (from having sex with a lot of people, even if not all gays/bisexual men are this promiscuous) makes me think he’s a cautionary story.

Whatever your sexuality, you can manage to be celibate. Perhaps the real issue’s that Mercury was as wreckless as he’s regretful at some point.

No longer loving the alien

Like I said, it’s not necessarily wrong to love David Bowie or any other musician in theory and to some extent in practise. But the odd fact that it’s not uncommon for a good number of musicians to be either professed atheists, pagans or occultists (or carelessly reference the Devil) is even often reported in secular media. There are musicians who do spiritually clean up their act.

A popstar could become a Bible scholar and deaconess. That’s one example. I’d say a good number of music is neutral enough to be a blank slate of sorts. But there are musicians who do openly wear apostasy and blasphemy on their sleeves that to any practising Christian they are to be avoided like those with explicit content.

I even posted a blacklist of celebrities confirmed to be in hell which outnumbered those in heaven. Even if you narrow it down to some musicians only it would still prove it right. Of those confirmed to be in hell include David Bowie, Selena Quintanilla, Celia Cruz, Michael Jackson, Joey Ramone and this frontman of Alice in Chains.

The only musician that I can think of who might be in heaven is Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, if because he chose to be baptised and cleaned up his act. But then again that’s still proving the whole point of this essay. No matter how charismatic you are, it’ll never spare you from hell or your own personal hell. Unless if you clean up your act and the like.