Where It's At...Part II
The Sellout!

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By Brian Sidler - Former Music Writer For Chicago Music Magazine

(Chicago, IL 20 October 2007) This message is coming to the people of the world from the Heartland of America. Chicago, IL - USA. We don't pussy-foot out here people, we tell it like it is and in many places around the hub of this nations bread and butter basket, you CAN get a smile from a strangers face. They call us the city of Big Shoulders.

As you can see...we're back from earlier because the blog has just changed. We're gonna quit the hip-speak now, that's just a bunch of fluff for entertainment...and to tell you the truth, we don't know how entertaining you find it. We do know that plenty of people do agree with the message. Our server shows what people are doing over at Bittersweet and our return visit ratio is nearly 100%. But it's time to get serious again.

The Sellout...and the accompanying mentality.

Certainly, the fat cat media centers of the world have been acting like pigs and there has been a backlash against it in the populace. AS well, this is called a liberal perspective. We can't say as we blame them for being outraged at over the top promiscuity. But!...over the top in any direction, is just that...OVER THE TOP. The so called conservatives have the nerve to throw their Bible at you...as if they really follow it except in front of the preachers pulpit on Sunday before noon. You know what bums oughta do? They should like hang out on the sidewalk in front of the churches of the world. Then when the people come out, we'd see a demonstration of those peoples charitable notions. HA! Likely as not, in any particular town, there'd be complaints if it became to popular of a thing to do...then?...in come the cops.

But we were sayin'...You can't tell us, we're all like the idiots on television who are the paid clones to purvey this crap at us. Just because television and especially the News Organizations (notice the capitalization) puts out the crap they do for our consumption and for lack of better resources, most of the populace consumes the watching of these airwaves so that the jerks in the advertising world can hit the sex & death button about a product they've been paid to make a message for, by a fat cat corporation, doesn't mean we like it. It does mean that it's the only thing that's on the air. That's all it means.

What's the sellout, huh? The sellout is the idea of resorting to subliminalistic button-buy messages in order to sell a product. The two biggest culprit messages are sex and death. "It's interesting when people die, we need dirty laundry." Don Henley circa mid 80's. The sellout is watching it all take place and doing nothing about it. The sellout is, paying lip service to something that's important while doing nothing when not in public view. The sellout is making babies and a living instead of helping to do anything when it comes to solving problems which this world cannot avoid. The sellout is thinking that governments are competent. The sellout is thinking that religiosity is comforting enough. The sellout is thinking that by agreeing with a point of view, that this action in and of itself is good enough. The sellout is, just sitting there. The sellout is turning your back on it and just taking care of yourself. The sellout is growing old knowing you could have done something, but did nothing. The sellout is not giving a rats ass and being proud to say so, which, we have definitely seen a rise in, ya know, quasi-nihilism!

The sellout is being a beautiful woman and buying into the playbunny mentality. The sellout is being a guy all pumped up on his own beefcake-vanity and drinkin' beer as a means of mind expansion. The sellout is succumbing to the pop cultural fads and thinking that that is a way to be cool and gain acceptance from your peers. The sellout is a corporate type who can't think outside the box. The sellout is a journalist who thinks that by being a journalist they're an elite thinker. The sellout is when you can't wait for someone to get out of YOUR way while you're driving in your car and tailgating the person in front of you, because where you're going is more important than where they are going.

The sellout is complacency. The sellout is unfettered egotism. The sellout is being a me-tooer. The sellout is baby making when there's plenty children to adopt elsewhere. The sellout is acceptance of the status quo. The sellout is seeking status for the sake of it. The sellout is rank consumerism as a means for finding meaning in your life. The sellout is accepting religion at face value with no indepth inquiry. The sellout is asking God to make your problems go away, when you created them in the first place. The sellout is forgetting your manners because it's easier to be lewd, crude and getting screwed. The sellout is being a spoiled brat with a cell phone. The sellout is being a parent that would allow it. The sellout is a willful disregard for the lessons of history. The sellout is not reading history in the first place. The sellout is being a degreed professional, which thinks that being such makes one better than a professional floor sweeper. The sellout is thinking that net worth and self worth are one and the same.

As we continue to contemplate how many different ways the populations of the free world "sellout", let's define the term. A sellout is shrugging your shoulders in the face of something that may be wrong and saying, I'm just one person, what can I do about it? Better yet!...what should I do about it? In short the sellout cops to the prevailing winds of societal normatism and cultural trend and whichever way that wind blows. You're just a woodchip in a pile of mulch.

Now, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that should be considered by that statement that says, that insurrection by violence towards a government or governing body or any other unpeacable means is a way to address a problem...it's NOT and is never a good option, it's not healthy. Has war for the sake of ending war, ever, EVER, achieved it's aim? Good question! Ever read your history? Hey, it's one thing to be minding your own business while you're walking down the street and some jerk whacks you for no reason and you defend yourself...in most of the free speaking world...that is a recognized "God" given right even if it's not given by God. It's quite another to be Osama & Company...those damn loons. HA! What's funny about those cats, is that they haven't even stated their terms for getting along, down the line. They're just a bunch of madass mutha's with nothin' to do and nowhere to go...yelling about how bad us "Westerners" are. Us and all of our ways. AND, they do not have the means to do anything but be an by irritant killing innocent people...Well, what a bunch of low life, double digit IQ, ill mannered uneducated, religiously bigotted, Q'uran misquoters they are. They're not Muslims...THEY'RE THUGS!

But Rock Attitude is in the deserts of IRAQ babies. Whether you think they should be there or not. Rock Attitude is in Afghanistan. Do you think those soldiers over there could do without it? Sure, they must stay regimented, the military is the ultimate expression of decorum, PROPERLY USED. But they're listening to those stereos and walkmans and such because they couldn't cope without it. You don't think they're listening to Mozart do ya?

Why digress there? Because people, there are many different types of behaviors in the world which can be proscribed to ROCK ATTITUDE!

But what does the sellout message in life really do? The biggest sellout is opting for yourself instead of joining together. The biggest civil sellout is not going to the polls because you think it's rigged. Ya see, that is one of the most important ways we DO join together, even from opposing points of view. How many soldiers died over these last couple of centuries on either side of an issue defending your right to do just that? VOTE! Yes, defending your right to say what it is you want to say without being encumbered by a ball and chain. Let us pose this question? What do you think would be in the political minds of our respective countries, if they knew that on election day, 100% of the country was going to show up and tell them to get the hell out of there...because they did a crap job! How would they then begin to pander for your vote?

The political systems of the world, kind of suck don't they? Well you can't change them if you don't vote people. How simple is that for you all to understand?

The reason that tastes in music moved the way they did over the ensuing years after Rock became some fat cats whore, is because these cats had the radio waves locked up by making payments under the table by so called radio promoters (about 20 or 30 primarily in the USA) to the program directors of the worlds radio stations.

True enough, it's hard to find a political party (and what a euphemism that is) that actually speaks for something you think to care about. But since it's all so screwed up with special interests, which are people bent on their own agenda for the alms of the public coffers...how can you get rid of that, huh?

Think about it. Now here's a message from one of the father's of the free world...George Washington.

"One can always depend upon a man's own self interest."
George Washington

In preface to what you are about to read, we will furnish a simple explanation. It is an excerpt from The Man's farewell speech to the nation as he was about to retire from public life. It was published in many if not all of the major news jourmnals throughout the young nation called and affectionately known by then as simply...America. In the following paragraph what this Father states is a warning against political parties and what can occur as a result. At that time there were two firmly beginning to entrench themselves. Jeffersonian felicities were Rural. Hamiltonian felicities were Urban. Territorial psychology, and the accompanying interests that went along with living in any particular environ, was beginning to take hold of the nation.

Furthermore, many of you will not get all the way through it. Listen we understand, but this great man deserves remembrance for his wisdom and his words should not be diminished by a tawdry explanation, by comparison with some historians, such as ours. So we reprint it. We also must give credit to a man who helped write it...The Late President though not at the time, James Madison. Now, if you do not read it...just skip to the end, but we will tell you that it will be only to your detriment if you don't.

It starts with Paragraph 15...

15 In contemplating the causes, which may disturb our Union, it occurs as matter of serious concern, that any ground should have been furnished for characterizing parties by Geographical discriminations, Northern and Southern, Atlantic and Western; whence designing men may endeavor to excite a belief, that there is a real difference of local interests and views. One of the expedients of party to acquire influence, within particular districts, is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts. You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heart-burnings, which spring from these misrepresentations; they tend to render alien to each other those, who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection. The inhabitants of our western country have lately had a useful lesson on this head; they have seen, in the negotiation by the Executive, and in the unanimous ratification by the Senate, of the treaty with Spain, and in the universal satisfaction at that event, throughout the United States, a decisive proof how unfounded were the suspicions propagated among them of a policy in the General Government and in the Atlantic States unfriendly to their interests in regard to the Mississippi; they have been witnesses to the formation of two treaties, that with Great Britain, and that with Spain, which secure to them every thing they could desire, in respect to our foreign relations, towards confirming their prosperity. Will it not be their wisdom to rely for the preservation of these advantages on the union by which they were procured? Will they not henceforth be deaf to those advisers, if such there are, who would sever them from their brethren, and connect them with aliens?

16 To the efficacy and permanency of your Union, a Government for the whole is indispensable. No alliances, however strict, between the parts can be an adequate substitute; they must inevitably experience the infractions and interruptions, which all alliances in all times have experienced. Sensible of this momentous truth, you have improved upon your first essay, by the adoption of a Constitution of Government better calculated than your former for an intimate Union, and for the efficacious management of your common concerns. This Government, the offspring of our own choice, uninfluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers, uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for its own amendment, has a just claim to your confidence and your support. Respect for its authority, compliance with its laws, acquiescence in its measures, are duties enjoined by the fundamental maxims of true Liberty. The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish Government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established Government.

17 All obstructions to the execution of the Laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels, and modified by mutual interests.

The point is people...buy the music of an artist that you like and quit being complacent by thinking that these people are making a living while you sit there and enjoy their labor without even the faintest thought of supporting it, like you should, or letting the fat cats lull you into thinking that their way is the best way. Because you already know by now, they're producing mostly garbage, right? What about the exisiting and currently-competing musicians and their "Blood, Sweat and Tears." Their investment...just so you can get through the day with a bit of sunshine in your life that comes from over your speakers at that screen. Can y'all imagine how much better the music market would be if y'all actually voted with your buck for the right stuff, instead of the way things are going now? You don't need that stupid little flat thing. All you have to do is hit that add to cart button and give it straight to the artist (where it belongs) to get the stuff. It'll be in your email box within a few minutes. Then buy any ole MP3 player...(they're cheap) and there ya go. That's the way to walk around those pigs we've been tellin' you about! Or buy a CD, it's still a legit package medium and that's something that you control!

18 However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people, and to usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines, which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

Why bother, huh? He was warning that a nation divided within itself, endangered itself. Something our boys over there in the Middle East are kind of counting on. Ok well, we'll not labor over that. What's this got to do with ROCK?

The free world is based upon liberty as proscribed by the various forms of what can be accurately described as "liberal" republican governance. Self determination within reasonable limits, determined by a democratic vote, yes? Without liberty...ROCK would be dead! It never would have been born! And the question of the hour is, how many bullets will it take to keep it? If you read Washington or any of his peerage, we would tell you that all of them to the man would answer, as many as is necessary, and no more than is essential for the procurement of it.

My name is Brian Sidler and I write about music, et al.


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