Taylor Swift released “Folklore” and the entire music industry is raving about how she started country, went pop, and now is exploring folk/alternative, and it makes me smile how something like versatility, innovation, or the lack of being constricted to a label or box is such an act of rebellion.
When “Get A Little” went viral in 2012, several major labels called the band to work with them and certain executives offered feedback that they were “too rock for country” and “too country for rock and roll,” which still makes me laugh.
Rock and roll isn’t a “genre” it’s a feeling. When I was in 9th grade, I was obsessed with R&B. When I was in 10th grade, I was obsessed with emo, when I was in 11th and 12th grade I wanted to learn everything I could about rock and roll. In kindergarten, my favorite song was “Talk Dirty To Me By Poison,” yes really, and I didn’t start appreciating The Beatles catalogue until I started touring with Phillip, (I know, I’m disappointed too.)
Humans like to put things in boxes and labels because it’s easier to try to control things that way. When we think we’re in control, we feel safe, but the truth is, we don’t have control over anything.
“This is rock and roll.” “This is pop.” “This is what I like.” “This is what I don’t.”
When you put these limits upon yourself, you’re limiting your own experience. Being limitlyss is the key to in-joying life.
To feel safe is to surrender into the present moment, surrender into the unknown, surrender into the music. This feeling allows us to have each individual experience without judging it.
Rock and roll isn’t a “genre,” and you don’t have to put yourself in a category either. Be who you want to be, say what you want to say, and if that changes six times between now and breakfast, that’s okay too. You get to grow and evolve and change your opinions. You get to learn and become and you get to flow.
Rock and roll doesn't care what other people think. Rock and roll doesn't apologize. Rock and roll gets to be exactly what it is. Rock and roll gets to be messy and primal and make mistakes. You are rock and roll.