Before I even begin this post, know that I extend my deepest sympathies to Nick Jonas
for his bad luck with the affliction. Like Twilight<3
, I have it running in my family, so I have seen some of the frustration in my Aunts and Uncles. My cousin, the first of the younger generation of my family to get it, was very recently diagnosed. So while I do not understand personally, I can get an image as to why it would be discouraging. At the same time
, I must say that I agree truly meaningful (not specifically good) songs should not only take five minutes. To me, knowing it was written in such a sort time, makes me look at it more like a demo. While emotions can be expressed in little time, to really explore how you (and others) feel, sitting down and evaluating yourself for days (or months) is almost a requirement. I respect his honesty, but really think it was ridiculous to consider it finished after working on it for so little time...
I suppose, though, that A Little Bit Longer
is the most personal song we are going to get from them. Love songs are beautiful and all, but only if you speak from experience -- true
experience. The Jonas Brothers
are too young to have fallen in love that
many times, enough for the amount of songs they have on the subject. (They don't seem like the type to go from girlfriend-to-girlfriend, either...)
Have any of you ever heard of a band called Hawthorne Heights
? I saw them on the 26th, and there was something about the way they sang their lyrics, the way the performance occurred - you knew
it was real, sincere, and from the heart. Especially when they sang When Four Becomes One
(worth looking up), which is about one of their guitarists that sadly passed last year (Rest in peace, Casey..you're missed and loved
). Any person could see how hard it was for them to still be performing, especially that one song -- I cried, as did some of the girls (and my friend) around me. When you have songs like that, like the ones they sing, it's usually about more than love (and their few love songs are messages -- apologies, love 'notes' etc -- to their wives/girlfriends.) It has to be, because people experience more than love; to be truly from the heart, you need to touch from true experience, and from all types of experiences.
Another good example, in my opinion, is My Chemical Romance
. (There, I said it; I know they're well hated, but oh well.) The singer, as with his brother (bassist), are recovering alcoholics and drug addicts whom are open about their struggles to convince others to walk a different path than they did (the singer included footage of himself throwing up intoxicated in their live DVD to show 'there's no glamor in that'). Songs like Helena
(about their grandmother's death), Ghost Of You
(about the fear of loss), Welcome to the Black Parade
(about living through the loss of somebody, what happens after death, and that we should hold our heads high despite the pain), and Famous Last Words
(about life) truly are from the heart. (And many fans [agree]
If the Jonas Brothers
could do what those bands, among others that have been listed (Muse
(<3), Bob Dylan
, etc), I would respect -- or maybe even like -- them more. I'm not saying they have to change their sound to be more rock than pop; I would just enjoy to see them become more sincere, honest, open, heartfelt musicians. Their music would be so much more 'pure' and touching if they did that. And I believe they, along with anybody else that plays an instrument (including vocals), has the potential to do so.
Alright, I think I've said enough for now.