Yesterday I put the finishing touches on a song that I am very proud of. “Omnipotent Machine” discusses the challenges of modern technology; how we have changed, how we are being influenced, and how it complicates life. The omnipotent machine is that all knowing tech eye in the sky.
There are moments when I throw my arms up in complete frustration. Technology supposedly makes life easier, but there are so many more complicated elements that we have to navigate now. Countless hours staring into a bright white screen, the constant dinging of a phone, you’re never alone, and you’re always reminded of the past. But what are you supposed to do? Do you respond by deleting your social profiles and getting rid of your phone? You have now become a modern outcast. “YOU DON’T HAVE A FACEBOOK?!”
Expectations are different now. There’s no excuse for not responding to a text message. You definitely got the message, now return it in a timely manner. “Have you called your friend back? Its been 2 weeks now.” Stick that smart phone right to your skull and let the radiation cook your brain to a comfortable, carcinogenic mush. Haha, I’m sorry. Maybe I’m being over the top for sure, but I think you get my point. We have a lot of technological baggage we have to deal with, and It is all very distracting.
What frustrates me the most are the distractions and expectations of being a musician while navigating modern technology.
As a musician, you are expected to have a last.fm, bandcamp, reverbnation, myspace, facebook, twitter, a website, songkick, soundcloud, a youtube account, music videos, press photos, blog reviews, shows, tours, and a good “look.” All of this stuff takes an unbelievable amount of time to manage and achieve. Countless hours in front of the computer screen will get you these things, but it is all a distraction from what really matters, LIVING, and living in the present. Happiness is found through creative expression, not more “likes” on facebook.
Lets find more time to continue working on our craft, finding inspiration, learning new things and treating ourselves and others with the utmost compassion. I believe good intentions will always outlast material ones.