I had an artistic epiphany

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I had an artistic epiphany

I worked out exactly why it is that I can't tolerate people liking groups like One Direction and JLS, or when they call themselves 'bands', and yet I can handle people liking Adele - who does some good stuff, but I get bored of her pretty easily.
It's art, or the lack thereof.
Art comes in different forms. I'm not musical, but I write and I draw. I don't like going to art galleries, and for a long time I couldn't work out why, other than that I felt that it wasn't 'art'.
But art is expressing yourself, right? Simple enough, but it took me a while to really understand it and how it works with other people. I find it difficult to understand how some things can be art, because there are so many things that can inspire a person that you can't possibly hope to know what it is that's inspiring somebody else.
Repetition is one of the things I don't like about the 1D-type groups (I'm just using them as an example here, because they are really getting on my nerves at the moment), but repetition in itself isn't necessarily a bad thing. I draw loads of My Chemical Romance pictures, and write a lot of things about death and violence and magic, but that's because they are the things that interest me and inspire me. I struggled for a long time with the fact that I am definitely going to die someday, and every single second it's getting closer and closer. I've always been intrigued in what drives people to violence, and how people can feel such strong bonds with other people that they are driven to kill. With magic, it's the ultimate thing. It can be absolutely anything, and yet still nobody knows what it is. I draw My Chemical Romance a lot, because even in one single song they can create an entire world that you're never going to see exactly the same way, even the next time you listen to that song, so I have to put what I see at the time down on paper.
The repetition I don't like is the robotic way that all these pop groups do it. They're not writing the songs, they're not organising how they should be performed, they're not organising how they present themselves to the world and what they stand for. They're like computers. Computers are put together by someone else, right down to the tiny little chips, to please other people. Computers can't read for themselves, they just show the words that other people tell them to show. These groups just sing the songs they sing because people have told them to, they don't know why they're singing or what the lyrics mean, there's no history to them, it's just "boy x meets girl y, z event happens, drama drama drama". They're empty. They're not even using their robot songs to sell themselves either, they're using the 'good looks' that were engineered for them by a team of marketing experts.
Adele, on the other hand, is different. A lot of her songs, in my opinion, are very similar, but at least she's put herself into them. They're her way of expressing herself, not some guy who took a songwriting course going 'sing this like this, don't bother about the meaning'. She has been styled to look like a lot of other female singers, but she's still her proper size, or thereabouts, which is good because that's her and that's the size she's meant to be in order to be herself, not the size she's meant to be in order to be number one.

So, essentially, that's it. I don't like One Driection and JLS and Justin Bieber because they're not . . . well, they're not people. They're conduits, human - shaped bags mass-produced to carry the money of the bigger robots in the music industry. They're not inspired by anything, so they don't inspire - it's a never-ending circle. Think about it - I have nothing against the people who listen to those groups - but look at us, people who listen to My Chemical Romance and BVB (although I personally don't like BVB, but I can't deny a lot of people like them) and The Blackout and stuff. We are full to bursting with pictures and stories and poetry and songs. Maybe they don't always rhyme, or the pictures come out a bit weird, but it's not about how you hold the pencil, it's about what comes out of it. What YOU do with the pencil. Maybe you can't draw people properly, but that doesn't matter because it's a combination of you and what inspires you. How many pictures and songs do you see coming from the people that listen to One Direction and JLS and Justin Bieber?

So there you go. I have to go and revise quadratic equations now,
Bobberson out, bitches xx