From Love to Thanatophobia

By: AC Covarrubias

Eventually, you will die, I will die, your loved ones will die, and everyone you know or don’t know will die. Different cultures have different views on the portrayal of death, but the most popular opinion is that man fears death. This fear of death molded the Blue Oysters Cult hit single Don’t Fear the Reaper.

         Don’t Fear the Reaper is a song by the American rock band Blue Oyster Cult In there 1976 album Agents of Fortune. The song itself was written by lead guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser. The song, theme-wise, was about the inevitability of one's own death and how it is foolish to be afraid of it. With that in mind, many have viewed this as the song encouraging suicide with the first set of lyrics stating that “ All our times have come. Here but now they're gone”, this, however, this was never the case.

         According to Roeser, the song was actually a love song set within a horror genre type of music. As mentioned before the song is about how one should not fear the end of one's mortality, but also how love can transcend the physical world into the next world. How loved ones can come together in death. The song hints to these themes with motifs such as mentioning saint valentine, saint of courtly love, and Romeo and Juliet. With lyrics that say “Valentine is done Here but now they're gone Romeo and Juliet Are together in eternity…” The song, in summary, is that if ones love is strong enough the fear of death is meaningless.

         However many people did not get the meaning. The song meaning was viewed differently by the public. As mentioned before, death is something we fear. You can make the most comforting song on the planet, but if mention the grim reaper, the song will be seen completely differently. With lyrics such as “40,000 men and women everyday... Like Romeo and Juliet 40,000 men and women everyday... Redefine happiness Another 40,000 coming everyday... We can be like they are”. Blue Oyster Cult was aware of this scenario while Roeser was writing the song, and there was nothing they could do about it.

         Death is just a part of life. Like the wind, the sun, or the rain. It will come for all no matter the circumstances. However if you love someone and he or she has died or is dead remember, we are all destined to die. So eventually you’ll be reunited in eternity. Do not deny it, I know I can't.

Rock Still Lives

By: AC Covarrubias, Staff Writer

         Music is an art form that has been around since the dawn of humanity and as we evolve, so makes the music we have created. Rock is one genre that nowadays seems to be an endangered genre. There are bands such as imagine dragons who by themselves are a fantastic rock band, but they are not as influential as bands such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and AC/DC. These bands are not the kings, but the gods that molded rock as we know today. Rock is being different in its purest form. It is all about gambling on your music, which is something most music records nowadays tend to avoid. Songs such as Black Sabbath (which is a song made by Black Sabbath in their first album, Black Sabbath in 1971), Stairway to Heaven, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, and Back in Black. Before the early 2000s music was evolving in new and unique ways, one could never have imagined. Black Sabbath gave birth to heavy metal, Led Zeppelin created what is considered the greatest rock song of all time, The Rolling Stones were the ones to invent arena rock, and AC/DC established the noisy good-time rock ‘n’ roll we know and love.

         So what? What relevance does it have in a world that is more in tune with rappers, pop stars, and EDM producers? The answer is reliability. Rock can be made in any form and still be loved, but again, retain its genre. Songs such as The Immigrant Song makes you feel that you are a Viking. Jumpin’ Jack Flash can make you feel upbeat and happy. Black Sabbath (the song) can make you feel a sense of dread and fear of mortality. Back in Black makes you feel like a badass, ready to defeat whatever comes at you. The bands who made these songs wrote them from their experiences, lessons, and imagination, not from corporate sellouts as common of as today. Not to say that all music artists of today are sellouts, or to say that all of these rock bands wrote all of their songs, they just made enough to get the world’s attention. It is what makes rock an art form, and poetry. Whether it is hard rock, metal, blues rock, or classic rock, one thing's for sure, music, in general, can bring people together.