What is it about the word rockstar?
It seems to conjure up images of thousands of screaming fans, instant adulation, and supreme being type of status. There was a businessman who ran for president who once said the only profession in the world that shouldn’t have a salary cap is music or rather rockstars. I guess it’s the allure of fame.
What’s weirder, being asked why you’re not famous yet, or being called rockstar by your friends and having them mean it?
So much of the idea of rockstar is definitely perception. Many times it’s the perception of what you’re doing and not how well you’re actually doing it. The freeway of rockstars and their path to that elusive goal of rockstardom is littered with many horror stories of lack of talent, or lack of money, or lack of something. I’ve met some pretty amazing people so far on my journey. I’ve seen the stage from both sides. Nothing defines the concept of rockstar better – perception.
Everyone’s perception is different.
Because of that difference we get varying degrees of rockstardom, whether it’s in the head of the performer who lacks talent and has no following or it’s the mass populous who are following every minute action of a person who performs a song. It’s definitely a crazy world to be sure.
One thing is for sure, when we take to liking an artist because they touch our soul in some way such as a performance or by having written a song that expresses something would wanted or couldn’t express ourselves it’s divine. And maybe that’s why there’s such an attraction to certain people that possess musical talent.
One band that can very much relate to this would be Vertical Horizon. I’m not sure they’re still together as a band per se. I know that Matt the lead songwriter for the group is still doing a lot of writing and producing. A writer that I’ve written with works with Matt a lot. Matt has a great way of looking at subjects. He’s able to combine that with some amazing melodies and chords. Boom it all works. Unfortunately I have no real reason as to why the band may have imploded. It could be that the label dropped the ball on their follow up. Could have been inner band turmoil. I don’t know the story.
What I do know is that they wrote and performed some killer songs that spoke to my inner core. Which to me makes them rockstars in my book.
This particular song has a title appropriate of my post subject matter, though I’m pretty sure the lyrical content is more about how one would relate to another person in a relationship of intimate matters. Though I suppose some fans take the idea of relationship too far when they are fan and not intimate with the artist in real life. Though that’s a whole different subject of stalking and such (yes, I’ve had a stalker – so I’m aware of what that’s like too).
If you aren’t aware of Vertical Horizon, you ought to be. Their album was amazing, it still is. Go get it!
To answer the question I posed earlier in the post: For me neither is weirder, I’m equally flattered and bothered by both situations.