I’ve decided this week to discuss a more casual topic. Instead of the typical in depth, analytical, pseudo-therapeutic, personal account of my last five weeks of existence, I’m going to talk about entertainment. Mainly, television entertainment. Recently, I’m in between “jobs” for reasons primarily pertaining to time constraints coupled with my unwillingness to forfeit invaluable loads of free time on a full-time 9 to 5′er when I’m a musician and I have my passion to cultivate and nurture. After my trip to Aruba it has been about a month of pure solitude and really free time, giving me the ability to express myself artistically to infinity and also the guilty pleasure of indulging in mindless entertainment.
I haven’t been one for TV. A few years back you could have heard me saying that it’s pointless, mindless entertainment. There’s really little one can benefit from an 8 to 10 hour telelvision marathon. If a show has an overall moral lesson I suppose that is a benefit. But, lets be honest. The average television programs today don’t have much to offer in that realm. There are the reality shows, the “Jersey Shore” “ I’m 16 and pregnant,” etc. I’m not going to discuss these shows because they are pretty much all the same, relying on hysterical, nonsensical indviduals looking to stretch reality into some game of fools that is of borderline adolescent grade. Not to say there isn’t a time for mocking the foolish and learning from their misfortunes lol I’m talking about a “higher” level of entertainment. Or maybe a more traditional form of entertainment.
I feel I’ve discovered some TV gems. I’ve stumbled across a new HBO series, “Girls” and this show is based on the life of a 20 something year old girl/woman. The show covers all of the dimensions of a young adults struggle to start a career in NYC, as well as maintaining friendships and relationships in a constantly changing dynamic of individuals. It’s a brutally honest show. There isn’t a topic the show’s writer Lena Dunham isn’t willing to touch and it’s fabulous. It’s actually reasurring for me. Although it’s only a show, and the protagonist is female, we share commonalities that you’d typically feel depressed about, especially if you thought they weren’t commonalities. And that’s what the shows about, the realization that when you’re young it’s common to struggle in all facets of life. Another great show I came across via HBO has been “ Game of Thrones” this is more of my kind of thing. Its physical, its mental, and its addicting. This show is the depiction of middle earth and its collection of nobles and royalty, contemplating, strategizing and conspiring to overthrow or maintain the throne and reach that goal of absolute power. The characters in this series are very well developed and it proves for some great TV. Don’t forget the fighting, slaying, and shear brutality of the middle ages.
So, for now those two shows will occupy me and my cable “on demand” DVR box. I’ll enjoy this next couple of nights before I get back to work and my new job this upcoming Saturday. I’ve come to realize that entertainment is even more important than I had ever originally thought Being a musician puts me on the stage and makes me a performer. I enjoy making the art and representing it. I seldom get to be in the seat, and in the crowd, to forget my own worries by the fault of good entertainment. I now feel better about what I do. And I’ll keep that in mind next time I’m on stage.
Bryan Christopher (Guitar)
Matter of factly, that is going to happen very soon!! Dexter’s Kin is going to perform Saturday 7/21 At the Bitter End…. I’d like to see a bunch of wonderful people there for a fun night for sure!!! BYE BYE