A summary description of someone not worth describing: Former drummer for Fortitude, Le Ciel Est Couvert, Amity Three, Pilots Versus Aeroplanes, Nothura, and Skin Up Pin Up. Hip-hop artist under the pseudonym Analog Cat. Writer/director of Two More Dead. Wannabe graphic designer. Karaoke superstar. Excellent conversationalist. Social butterfly. Anti-namedropping. Anti-scenester. Anti-drama. Bleeding heart sucker. Lives for his loved ones. Annoyingly honest and kind.
My AIM name is XtoturnwithinX. My YouTube account is here.
If you're interested in brousing through my record collection, you can look at my recordnerd.com page here (Needs updated).
I don't care about your piercings, tattoos, or band shirts. I don't care how tough you claim to be. I don't care how many scene points you have or how punk or hardcore you think you are. I don't care how tight your pants are. I don't care how metro you are or how perfect your hair is. I don't care about your heroin chic or your eating disorder. Give me integrity over packaged rebellion. Give me love over indifference. Give me honesty over sarcasm. Piercings come out. Tattoos fade. But a true heart lasts forever.
For those of you who don't understand why I'm no longer actively involved in the hardcore scene, I submit this example:
"To turn within means all the 24 hours and in every situation, to pierce one by one through the layers covering the self. It is when thinking comes to an end and distinction ceases. When wrong views and ideas disappear of themselves without having to be driven forth. When, without being sought, the true action and true impulse appear of themselves. It is when one can know what is the truth of the heart."
"America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves. To quote the American humorist Kin Hubbard, 'It ain't no disgrace to be poor, but it might as well be'. It is, in fact, a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by the American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters. The meanest eating or drinking establishment, owned by a man who is himself poor, is very likely to have a sign on its wall asking this cruel question: 'If you're so smart, why ain't you rich?' There will also be an American flag no larger than a child's hand glued to a lollipop stick flying from the cash register."
-Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse Five"
"It is a poor sort of man who is content to be spoon-fed knowledge that has been filtered through the canon of religious or political belief, and it is a poor sort of man who will permit others to dictate what he may or may not learn."
"There is no cause worth dying for that is not better served by living."