My first taste of KoRn....
Hi everyone. I'm sure no one will actually read this. But I do, in fact, enjoy talking to myself. So here we go. I’m a bit of a newer Korn fan. I feel bad that I never got into them earlier but, in my defense, they put out their first album the year I was born, I believe. Plus I went through some god awful catholic education through grade school and high school which basically means everyone around me listened to either Christian music or straight up poppy garbage. So it’s not all my fault I grew up listening to, for the most part, shitty music. My sophomore year of high school, however, I realized what I was missing and got into some rock and metal.
And then… I listened to this cd. I popped it into my little portable CD player, slipped my head phones on, and laid my head back. With eyes closed, I listened to the entire album straight through. Music filled my headphones and eventually there was silence. I opened my eyes. My face was red and my eyes were puffy. Tears were flooding down my face. My body felt like a live wire. Have you ever had one of those dreams where you’re giving a speech in your underwear? That’s exactly what I felt like. Exposed. I was sad and mad and my hands were shaking. And I was confused. How could this little silver disc cause me to feel so… much? How could a few words and a couple guitar riffs thrown together elicit such pure emotions?
I have on many occasions listened to a song and felt sadness or anger but never in my life have I felt anything that strong. It’s as if other bands take an emotion and then wrap layers over it to make it less potent so as to be more comfortable to listen to. But these songs I heard were the truest, rawest, most pure from of the emotion imaginable. Every lyric, beat and guitar sent an electric current through my body. It stuck a dagger into my chest and twisted mercilessly. The music was so true it left me feeling physically uncomfortable.
Earnest Hemingway once said that in order to be a writer, “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know." It sounds simple enough. But in actual practice the famous author’s advice is quite difficult and is also very rare. I think the same idea holds true for music. Never have I ever heard anything so raw, pure, original, inventive, angry, complicated, beautiful, or true than when I listen to KoRn. And I don’t think it’s likely I ever will.