People always tell me that the end justifies the means. Although I understood this saying, I don’t think I’ve ever questioned it. Until Now. What does achieving your goal mean if you abandon your values on the way? To me, it doesn’t mean anything. Although I’m a pretty young guy, I like to think I’ve faced my fair share of moral dilemas in my life. Having a great set of parents to guide me in the right direction, I always tried to do the right thing. Sometimes at the cost of my own happiness, sometimes at the cost of success. I’ve thought about this so many times. I started writing in here to document whatever journey it is that I’m going through. Is this journey for myself or for others? Is this even a journey? What bothers me the most about the saying I mentioned above is that it pretty clearly states that the goal is better than the journey. To me, the journey is the best part! What is an athlete without the years he spent training? The concert Violinist without hours of practice? What’s a band without the blood sweat and tears it takes to go on the road just for the love of your music? If you don’t stick to your values what does anything you achieve even count for? Is having a million people know your name worth the cost of not being able to look in the mirror? I’m asking a lot of questions and all of them have the same rough answer. The ends don’t justify the means. It’s not worth it if you lose your integrity.
After playing in this band for 2 months shy of a year, I can say that so far this has been the greatest experience of my life. There is no feeling more liberating than taking the stage with 3 of my best friends and playing the music we pour our hearts and souls into on a daily basis. I write this post after weekends packed with long drives fueled by passion (and the gas that’s been taking a nice chunk out of my bank account). We’ve been out playing our asses off every weekend and people actually like us! It’s sort of a new thing for me, back in high school all of my friends would merely tolerate the music that I made. Maybe they’d come to a show and listen to a couple of tunes. The fact that people are coming out to see us specifically humbles me to no end. The combined feeling of the constant adrenaline rush of being on stage as well as being congratulated afterwards really makes this the most satisfying part of my week. After spending hours working 2 jobs around the clock, there is no better feeling than strapping on my guitar and grooving my days away.
The crazy thing about this band, none of us listen to the same music. Brett loves his pop/rock with bands like Coldplay and The Script, Sandro is heavy into Skrillex and The Civil Wars, Ethan is a huge fan of The Black Keys and I float around whatever gray area is between third stream jazz and good old rock music. I think that’s what makes us great together. I think it’s the fact that even though we aren’t aware of it, we all bring our influences to the table in this big musical conglomerate. Sure, we do play piano rock, but it’s OUR piano rock. The more material we write, the more our sound gets personified, and I’m really excited about our new songs. This EP has been such a blast to record and release, but these songs were written almost a year ago. Not to say I’m tired of them, but like any other musician I’m eager to move on to what is next for us. If you’re reading this, come to a show. Raise your arms high. Dance and sing. Even though it may sound like this is about me, it’s not. It’s about you and it always will be.
One of the various awesome citizens who I tweet with regularly asked me to make her a playlist of my some of my favorite songs. I figured I’d throw it up on here for everyone’s judgement. Even though my music taste changes every week or so I feel like this list is pretty representative. If you ever wanna tweet me I’m @itamarguitar
Hope you dig my little playlist.
1. El Scorcho - Weezer
2. Jesus, etc. - Wilco
3. What Is and What Should Never Be - Led Zeppelin