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Music is my religion

Jimi Hendrix

This post will be basically tackling all the distorted inklings of the author regarding what he does and what he thinks about some things going on in the industry. Feel free to comment. The author appreciates any feedback and does his best to reply to such as soon as possible.

Some Distinction

As someone who loves music with a passion, I can say that all of us have their preferred cups of tea when it comes to music. We cannot avoid to have our preferences. It is human nature. With us having preferences, it is inevitable that we search all the information regarding our favorite artists and listen to all the material that our preference could offer. This eventually turns us to fans. Fans of people who entertain crowds for a multitude of reasons – may such be for a living, to showcase their talent, and the like.

As fans, we tend to defend our favorites with intense passion in the beginning – bashing any detractor with words filled with enough spice that could make some people cringe. Such is the case of intense ‘respect’ that we have for our favorites. However, after thinking objectively, such should not be the case. As fans, we should respect people who do not prefer our cups of tea. After all, music serves people of all walks of life. We cannot force others to like our preferred cups of tea. The uniqueness gets lost if such is the case.

As someone who posts critiques concerning material from various entertainers, I cannot avoid but to give high ratings to really excellent material. One might ask what is my basis for those ratings. I say it is all about the musicality, the general vibe, and the overall product. When I give out low ratings, I try my best to justify the said ratings in the best way possible. What I post are basically reviews based on opinions. Opinions of people are vastly different. It is called uniqueness, people. If people do not like what reviewers say, respect should still be a prevalent value. It is alright to do some bashing but remember, every thing has its corresponding limits. We all have to be responsible, at some point. You may not like what I say all the time but please remember, we all are entitled to our respective opinions. After all, we all have various thoughts. Respect is simply what we are asking for.

Some Objectivity

Quality over reputation. This is the principle that I follow when it comes to listening all the material that could be found anywhere. It does not automatically mean that if the single or album is ranking considerably high, then it is already good. Ranking high in the charts only means that the material sold lots of copies.

Same goes for the producer-artist relationship. I can compare this to a parent-child relationship. It does not automatically mean that the child will act the same way that his parents did. Such could also be said for the producer-artist relationship. It does not necessarily mean that if the producer is already magnificent, then the artist would also be magnificent. The producer only gives out the overall direction that the artist’s material should undergo. The success of the material still weighs on the artist’s talent levels. If the talent level of the artist is considerably low, the producer could not act like a music messiah and try his best just to save the artist.

Intense entertainer worship. It has been a problem, in some aspects. Sure, there is nothing wrong with people defending their favorite entertainers but once other people share ‘unpleasant’ (negative reviews and the like) critiques about the material of their favorite entertainers, they should simply accept what the writer said and move on. Do not drag other innocent artists into the equation just to make a so-called point. Where is the objectivity?

What is a fan then?

A fan must be someone who willingly accepts any criticism or negative comments hurled towards their favorite artist. Also, a fan must not go ballistic over such type of posts. Be objective enough. Not everyone is going to be so positive about one’s preferred artist all the time. Do not resort to some dirty tactics such as mudslinging and posting derogatory tactics. A fan also must be responsible. Do not over-praise your preferred artist. Respect the opinions of others. Do not force other people into liking your ‘idol.’ Everybody has their corresponding tastes. Respect that.

What’s the point then?

Music is something that appeals to everyone. However, everyone has their own set of preferences. We are all fans but we must not go over-the-top once some negative write-up appears. Musicians are not perfect. They are human. They are prone to mistakes or errors. We have to realize that they will not create amazing music all the time. Be objective enough, please.

Reviewers only do their job. Fans should not bash them. Disagreeing is fine but that should be done with enough sensitivity. As I have said countless times in this piece, respect is the key in maintaining some harmony.

I may be a nobody but I think I have done my part with this piece. Digest everything that you can with this piece. I rest my case. Again, comments are much appreciated.

Disclaimer: This post comes from someone who totally respects Cheryl Cole as an artist. The author also respects Ashley Cole’s work ethic as a football player though he does not like the Chelsea squad. However, the author tries to be objective as much as possible in this post to avoid any biases. Comments are much appreciated.

2010 certainly has been a tough year for the Newcastle lass, Cheryl Cole. After facing some tough criticism with her debut solo effort, Cheryl Cole meets another obstacle: Ashley Cole cheating on their marriage. Saying enough is enough, Cheryl decided to separate ties with Ashley Cole. We have posted our thoughts on how it will affect Ashley’s career as a soccer star but how about Cheryl’s career?

It has been understood that Cheryl Cole started her solo career in U.K because of her love for Ashley. With Ashley now out of the picture, we can see some things, both good and bad, going for Cheryl. Let me enumerate them in the following paragraphs.

One, she can now spread her career into the U.S. shores. This means more exposure for Cheryl Cole. Her material might be appreciated big time by the U.S market. After all, Cheryl did achieve some massive success with Girls Aloud. That proves that she can do some good, if not great, pop material that will surely get people respecting Cheryl’s talent out of pure amazement.

Two, her already not-private life gets more publicized. Every move that Cheryl does will now be closely monitored by the ever-loving eyes of the paparazzi. What’s positive with this is that Cheryl is portrayed as the victim in this mess and rightly so. She gets to earn more sympathy from the public with this situation. Cheryl has to manufacture more support for her by transforming this sympathy into ‘true support’ by doing great music. It is pretty doable and knowing how tough-minded this lass has been, I hope she can do in achieving such.

Three, without any distractions that could only cause some unwanted stress, Cheryl is basically a free woman now. She can pretty much do anything that she wants. Probably, a relaxed Cheryl will do wonders for her personality and career.

However, it must be known that only time can tell whether this situation makes her better or not.

Four, if this situation can be looked as a distraction, many might ask how Cheryl will overcome this. As I have said, this Newcastle lass is a tough-minded one. Still, whenever Cheryl makes a public appearance, this mess will always be the topic. I guess it’s all about making adjustments on Cheryl’s part.

What am I pointing out in this entry?

In the end, Cheryl ends up as a huge winner in this mess. It’s clearly Ashley’s loss. Why cheat on a goddess like Cheryl? If I was put into Ashley’s shoes, I would make sure that Cheryl gets great treatment. Seriously, Cheryl is one of the most beautiful women in this world. Treating her badly does not give any justice whatsoever. Career-wise, Cheryl can pretty much use this situation to start her U.S career. Simon Cowell helped in making Leona Lewis a star in both the U.K and the U.S. I can’t see why this won’t happen to someone like Cheryl. However, I do want the couple to patch up their differences and reconcile. If ever they do reconcile, Ashley should clean up his act and treat Cheryl with the respect that she rightfully deserves.

DISCLAIMER: The author of this entry is an Arsenal fan, and therefore, has grudges against the topic of the entry, Ashley Cole. But in order to keep the peace and order in this blog, the author is trying his best in avoiding biases against “Cashley”, and in keeping the curses and profanities contained in his pocket.

Things could not be worse for Mr. Cole. He injured his ankle, making his chances of going to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup very slim, considering that Don Fabio Capello, the current manager of England, only wants 100% fit players on the plane. Then he got punished by his current football club, Chelsea F.C., because he disregarded the club rules by bringing women inside the team hotel before a match. That cost him around £200,000. Then his wife, England’s very own Cheryl Cole, apparently split-up with him (I can feel a divorce coming). This all happened in a space of one month or even less, if my memory serves me right.

What impact can it have for Ashley?

First, and most obvious, is that his reputation (which is already in a negative state, trust me. Ask the fans who aren’t singing “Chelsea, Chelsea” week in, week out, and those who’re chanting “England, England” every time the Three Lions have a match) would be tarnished further, turning him from a “bad boy” to a “naughty, naughty boy”. We all know that a football player’s reputation is built inside the pitch, and can be broken inside the pitch as well (which Ashley has already done. See England vs. Kazakhstan) but as a public image around the world, their private life can, and certainly will, be thoroughly watched by the press. Also, the other players who respect him a lot (I’m doubting there are any though) would.. Well, probably disrespect him now, or at least see their respect in him plunge down, outside of the football field of course.

Second, his private life will not be so private now, or until he learns his lesson. Ashley already had allegations of having extramarital relationships with other women even before this incident happened, it almost led to what’s happening right now, but Cheryl gave him a second chance. But instead of making a turn for the better, it seems like he continued down the path of the devil by allegedly having relationships with 5 other women. This, of course, led to Cheryl feeling disrespected as a wife. For Ashley, it’s going to get a little tougher because his club would probably tighten up security so that he won’t be bringing in women on team hotels, and I can see the paparazzi waiting outside his house, waiting for another woman to be brought inside his mansion.

Lastly, and probably the least that would affect Mr. Cole, would be his stride on the football field. Unlike his club and ex-country captain John Terry, Ashley was lucky enough to be injured (for quite some time too) when reports of him having other women broke out. Unlike Terry, who is definitely affected by his own controversy (which I will not explain anymore, Google it) inside the pitch, Ashley is injured. The bad thing is, he probably can’t concentrate on rehabilitation until this thing is over.

In the end, it’s a lose-lose situation for Cashley. If Cheryl officially splits with him, he’s going to lose one of Britain’s gems, and he’s probably going to be booed by England’s supporters until he wins them back by performing consistently (a thing that he just can’t seem to do on the international level). If Cheryl does give him a third chance, people will see this just like his second chance, where he’d probably be a good boy for a couple of years before going for other women again.

Jio’s Note: This entry was made by Jeff. You may remember seeing his name with the Valentine’s Playlists that I posted before.The post regarding Cheryl’s side will be made by yours truly. Please do comment in the entries!