Words are Weapons and Words are Tools…

Although I don’t write these blogs to any regulated timetable, it’s time for another installment of Tales from the Engine Room and I must say it is a challenge writing something that firstly I must find engaging and acceptable but which is of also of interest to you the reader (or readers if there is more than one of you). All this while attempting to not go off on tangents and instead stay focused on the original train of thought. All aboard!

Words are the embodiment of the people we are, our souls, thoughts and feelings but they can also be the mask behind which we hide and perform. It depends on the occasion, the company, the individual or situation. We are all to a degree actors, performers, players and charlatans but how many people are we happy exposing our true selves to? Do some people ever. Sometimes we have no choice because we are governed by our environment. The more insecure, the more threatening or extreme the environment the greater the mask employed. But to undertake a role all the time, to continually projecting a false persona can be a tiring and an emotionally crippling task ultimately cutting you off from connecting honestly with anyone, let alone yourself.

Even with all these words and the ability to communicate so many people fall short of true honesty, instead opting to avoid simple truth and expression by offering acceptable but empty answers. This can happen on endless levels, footballers are trained for press interviews nowadays, which are repetitious, bland and vacuous never allowing there true characters to shine through, that is if there is one. On a personal level I have experienced these half truths in close relationships, as I’m sure a fair number of us have at some point. In a close relationship if your intention is true and you believe in and feel connected to the bond and friendship you have, should you not be open and honest? Is that not one of the cornerstones of a strong relationship? But as we know the fact is that not everyone is and you can be left on uncertain ground or not knowing someones true feelings. If that occurs its safe to say that person is either being guarded or not being honest and this is never a good basis for any relationship to exist on. Simple words and the expression of these ease uncertainty and create clarity. It can be hard letting go of the mask and the boundaries created from a life of experience but it does give you a better chance of true happiness.

As a performers, singers, writers we allow the songs or the characters we play to employ and conjure up words in order to entertain, communicate and share a emotions or a moment in time. If I was to name my artistic trade I would say I was a wordsmith, I’m not sure if I am worthy of such a mantle as the dictionary says of word-smith:

1. A fluent and prolific writer, especially one who writes professionally.
2. An expert on words.

I have never considered myself ‘professional’, dedicated yes, but I’m less of an expert and more an admirer of words and language. Also being the person I am I have a driving energy and well of emotions to draw from and to vent. The central point of my art, my music, is the words but words are also central to my life and our lives’ as a human beings. I realise words don’t always have to be spoken, they can be written or signed too. Words convey so many things, emotions, commands, instructions, feelings that allow everyone else the ability to perceive what we are attempting to communicate but as we know even with what we consider the right and well chosen words we can still be misinterpreted. If the language contains a vagueness or a truncated form of communication someone somewhere will read or perceive the sentiment, message or dialogue in a way never envisaged by the author or purveyor of these words.

You take an experience or situation that when it becomes a finished song it may bear no relation to the original seed that was planted. Songs are their own entity and exist on their own and although the original seed is there you create something that has a heightened state of drama. You then hope this resonates with people, an audience. But when push comes to shove you have to use words, language and dialogue that allows the listener in. I love the appeal of occupying a character and voice to embody the song. Words and music are the religion I think most people relate to, plus this religion cherishes, nourishes, thrills and challenges the human soul more than traditional religion of separation and hypocrisy.

Don’t get me wrong, the music, imagery and graphics are all important and vital elements of what makes up the whole and are well considered, but they are are merely vehicles for the words. The use of language, it’s delivery, style and the use of pronunciation all play a part as everything is stimulated from words used to provide life to thoughts and ideas. I’m a teller of tales an observer of life, living life as far away and on the edge of this greed and hate filled consumer ghetto. I look in and occasionally dip my toe. We all can feel the energy on the streets is not good, there is ill will and disease at the heart of many people nowadays. We have lived lives of excess in the west, lived in debt and forgot the simple elements that make life worth living. But words will never be enough without the emotion, the honesty and intent to make a difference.

All these words are great to communicate and express things with but without the all important action to back them up their substance is greatly reduced…

Check out the links in red, some offer interesting tangents and some are more direct. Until the next time…

with love and faith

Ruben x

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