What I Believe In

Lighting the Wildfire in the Dark


November 21, 2013 1 comments

 

I can vividly remember reading the autobiography of KISS legend Gene Simmons, stumbling upon a saying of his which stuck in my mind for a long time. Simmons stated that the reason that he got in to music and started a band in the first place was to get easy girls and money, and that if any big time musician tells you that they’re in it “for the music” then they’re lying to you. From knowing many young teenagers who went to the store to buy a guitar around the same time that I did, I actually agreed with Gene on the most part, however I questioned my own desires to take on music as my passion and profession asking myself, “why was I in this whole thing for?”

 

“YOU WANTED THE BEST, YOU GOT THE BEST – THE HOTTEST BAND IN THE WORLD…”

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Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS

KISS has started every single one of their shows with that introduction for over 40 years; a line that truly captures what they are all about. As a hardcore KISS fan growing up, I really did always get the best from them; they had always exceeded my expectations. When I would watch their interviews where founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley would speak, I was amazed that behind their makeup and explosive guitars they gave me sharp and intelligent rhetoric, clean and responsible personalities, and a relentlessly positive outlook on everything that they were confronted with. KISS always knew exactly who they were, what they were worth, and were never afraid to show it. Their songs and being had an astronomical impact on who I am today, and very indirectly I may say. I was never a lyrics-oriented person, however the way they registered with me always made me feel so much better; so much stronger; so much prouder about who I was… — Take this lyric as an accurate example:

 

God gave rock and roll to you / KISS   –  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQRYVsqVT3M

God gave rock and roll to you, Put it in the soul of everyone.
Do you know what you want? You don’t know for sure
You don’t feel right, you can’t find a cure
And you’re gettin’ less than what you’re lookin’ for

You don’t have money or a fancy car
And you’re tired of wishin’ on a falling star
You gotta put your faith in a loud guitar

Chorus:
God gave rock and roll to you, gave rock and roll to you
Gave rock and roll to everyone (oh yeah)
God gave rock and roll to you, gave rock and roll to you
Put it in the soul of everyone

Now listen - If you wanna be a singer, or play guitar
Man, you gotta sweat or you won’t get far
Cause it’s never too late to work nine-to-five

You can take a stand, or you can compromise
You can work real hard or just fantasize
But you don’t start livin’ till you realize – “I gotta tell ya!”

God gave rock and roll to you, gave rock and roll to you
Gave rock and roll to everyone
God gave rock and roll to you, gave rock and roll to you
Put it in your’e Soul

 

 (I have to confess that sitting here in Hollywood California, after reading this lyric over again, I hadn’t even realized that my life today is the manifestation of this song… This is unbelievable.)

 

The Future Just Ain’t What it Used to Be

 

The ironic thing about the modern-western-generation is that in the history of man kind, life has never been so good. Although the gas prices have never been so damn high, in the greater gist of things there is so much despair, victimization, frustration and violence where there should be simply pure appreciation and a glorious blossoming of human spirit and potential. On a personal note, it seems to me like there is a lack of true humanity and empathy towards our fellow man, recently replaced by iPhones and Facebook; That’s not what we are meant to be… In the empty void that I see in my generation, I reminisce on how I could always turn to the music that I loved so much to inspire me from my teenage days and until present times. This is in fact what I really wanted to do in my life… To be a person who could help bring back love, affection, and humanity to a hand full of people; To be a responsible artist in the sea of self-destructive, trash-spewing “call-themselves-artists” who are anchoring down a whole generation born into endless possibility and that take it all for granted. Pompous? Arrogant? Self-righteous? Well, after being to the heart of darkness and back, I’ve come to learn a thing or two… Just take my word for it.

 

Introduction to Hebrew – Lesson #1

 

I decided along with my best friend and musical partner Jed Fekete that “You can take a stand, or you can compromise; You can work real hard or just fantasize, but…” we wont start living till we realize that to make this grandiose dream of ours come true, we will have to leave all of our fears behind and take the leap into the deep water of Los Angeles where the big fish swim. The old band, SIREN would be no longer as new beginnings call for new action and a new energy to blossom. I’ve had a name for the band in the back of my mind for months that was short and sweet; it was “ESH”, and it meant “fire” in the Hebrew language. Since we are originally from Israel and decided to create an exotic new musical genre which we called Ethno-Pop/Rock, we felt that making our name a Hebrew word would be a bold statement as to who we are and where we are from. Fire in its essence is just like the human spirit; It is the wild force of nature which forever strives upward to the sky – It can be harmony and wonder, or great pain and destruction; Fire can fuel hate or it can fuel love, and when it’s strong, its spreads powerfully and fast.

 

Esh black logo banner

 

We have definitely set out to fulfill a passion that reaches far beyond music. We want to fuel love and acceptance. We want to endorse peace and prosperity to the world, and what better way could we possibly do that than through the language that our hearts understand best – a language that bypasses ignorance and prejudice – Music. Beyond that big old dream that began somewhere in my past teenage days, I can only wish that ESH will reach the hearts of people and spread like a wildfire.

 

*** Wish us luck and support by joining my band ESH on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/ESHLive

*** And check out some of our new music at: http://www.ESHband.com

Comments

1 comments

  • 1542200701 November 22, 2013 at 12:06 AM |

    The fire in the heart, the burning passion for your music, I cannot wait to see what you have yet to be


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