With a lot of rock and pop musicians creative “crapping out” after their newfound stricter versions of Abrahamic Theology, is this sort of belief really bad for rock and pop music’s creative process?
By: Ringo Bones
Maybe it was a resurgent 1996 era “Republican Jesus” with a climate change denying stance that alienates most of rock music fans from such “belief systems”, and unless you are living in a really remote cave since the heyday of The Beatles, you and maybe a few others probably now found out that strict and extremist versions of Abrahamic Theology could really strangle out the creative process that kept the vitality and freshness of rock music for the past 50 years or so. Your point of view may vary depending on which facet of the prism of history you are looking through but “conservative” right-leaning belief systems tend to be an anathema to rock music’s creative process.
After former U.S. President George W. Bush’s “belief system” resulted in the unnecessary deaths of more than 4,000 American men and women in the prime of their lives looking for nonexistent WMD’s in Iraq back in 2003, liberal-leaning fans of the metal band Korn were probably crestfallen when the band’s guitarist Brian “Head” Welch left the group, saying his newfound belief in “Jesus” – which by 2005 longtime Korn fans see as “Republican Jesus” – made Welch want to try “another sort of music”. And there had been fairly successful other “rock stars” in the past who have taken up stricter versions of Abrahamic Faiths.
Back in 1977, famed folk-rock troubadour Cat Stevens converted to Islam and adopted the name Yusuf Islam and has since that time seems to have disappeared of the face of the Earth – only to resurface after his name appeared in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “No Fly List” immediately after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. When “liberal Jew” Bob Dylan found a newfound faith in Christianity back in 1978, it seems that his conversion inspired album – Saved – had set Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower era creative vitality straight to Hell. It was only when Dylan released the agnostic leaning Infidel that his longtime fans faith in him was renewed. Well, at least Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan’s conversions are less convoluted than Madonna’s conversion to Kabbalah back in 1996 and adopting the name Esther – as if Madonna plans to learn first hand how to turn base metals into gold by joining into such obscure mystic Jewish sect.