Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy

WARNER DRIVE (the band we made the video for) did not make it into the finals in the Star 98.7 Rock Star contest.

Which brings me to the title of this post – the immortal words of Jimi Hendrix, who was rock and roll personified. Rock stands for freedom. Rock stands for rebellion. Rock stands for doing it your own way.

Listening to the five finalists it seems that WARNER DRIVE may not have been what the judges were looking for in this particular contest. Those finalists, all excellent and deserving musicians, seemed to have a different vibe than WARNER DRIVE, who are straight-ahead rockers. The prize – a recording contract with Ironworks Music – would have been great, but there will be other opportunities. WARNER DRIVE loves performing. They love making music, and they’re not giving up.

After all, if Jimi Hendrix had given up, he never would have written those compelling and forward thinking lyrics to PURPLE HAZE. How brave he was to sing openly about a type of love that is not usually – hang on, Rick is trying to tell me something.

Okay. I’ve just been informed it’s “Excuse me while I kiss the sky.” So … um … that works too. Because, rock and roll is totally about saying what you want, even though not everyone may exactly get it right due to no fault of their own, and also possibly having a really crappy little radio growing up and also spending time doing homework and stuff, not just sitting around in their room listening to albums all day like some other people who shall not be specified but whose name starts with “R.”

The point is, eventually, if you stick with it, you will be heard. So stick with it, WARNER DRIVE. Kiss that sky! Because rock can be a powerful way to get your message out.

Like the Beatles, when they sang about embracing those afflicted with disease in LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS: “Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly, a girl with colitis goes by …”

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