I’m going to be a little mean here. If you don’t want to read the truth, please don’t read this article.
I am learning a lot about human nature and the selfishness therein as a result of dealing within the music industry as I do on a daily basis. Not that that should surprise anyone since ego, massive ego, is that which such industries thrive on. Selfishness and greed are the most important thing! There is no concern about what is done from the artistic standpoint. What matters is how much money is made or can be made. Now I’m not condemning capitalism at all. I’m all for it. But I am not going to condone the disgusting attitudes that prevail within an industry that is supposedly meant to entertain.
As most of you know, I have written a couple of books that have both been released to rave reviews in the past few months. I am proud of my effort and yet it is laughable at times to see how others try to demean such efforts for obvious, selfish reasons. For example, one of the books I worked on was co-authorship of the autobiography of the only real drummer the Scorpions ever had, Herman Rarebell. How can I say this? Because the Scorpions are no longer a group. They stopped being a group back in the 1980’s when they cast aside their long time producer Dieter Dierks. A group is that which exists when everyone works together for the good of the whole. It becomes a gang the minute the individuals become bigger than the whole. Anyway, the book is receiving incredibly positive responses from everyone in the media and the public who takes the time to read the book and understands that it’s meant for fun. Those who are too ignorant to realize that it’s written like a nightclub comic’s act and as such is filled with humorous little side stories and notes meant only to make people laugh are in the minority and relegated to those who are trying to find fault because they may not like Mr. Rarebell or just like to write mean spirited reviews. As I said, they are in the minority (something like 2 out of 200…). And yet, because the Scorpions have no vested interest in the book, in other words they aren’t going to make any money from it, their management has obviously enlisted individuals to do “hit” pieces on the book wherever they can in an effort to cut sales. This is simply selfishness.
I have a tendency to be honest at all times and so for me the only motive in life is that of making people happy. I guess this brushes people the wrong way. And yet, how can that be? When an industry that is meant to entertain intentionally tries to hurt others, are they truly trying to entertain? Perhaps this is the reason many groups vanish from the face of the earth. Not perhaps. It is the reason. They stop trying to entertain and start trying to prove to the world that they are bigger than the world itself. It’s ugly.
And so I say to all of you as you begin your holiday shopping, don’t read what critics say if their critique is even remotely negative. That is my first rule in life. Why? Because there is no place for negativity. If you don’t like something, that’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with not liking something. But I don’t understand how it can be pleasing for someone to write negative things about anyone or anything? I don’t enjoy that. I don’t wish to watch a car wreck just for the spectacle. If you look back through my columns and any other reviews posted anywhere, I only review those things which for me give pleasure. As such, all my reviews are 5 star reviews. I may not like some of the things I listen to or review but I will not, with specificity, attack it or negatively address it because in all honesty I am not God. I do not know everything about everything. I may not like it but perhaps you do. That’s okay. And so if I review anything, it will always be to say it is wonderful and something I believe is worthy of the attention of others. To you I say this because I think as you shop this Christmas season I hope you will remember this simple rule. It was taught to most when they were young. If you can’t say something good about something or someone then say nothing at all. Behind every negative review or story you will find more than just a dislike of the product. You will find a personal hatred of the person behind the product for whatever the reason. And in my opinion there is no room in this world for hate.