Essay about Criticism is Much More Valuable than Praise

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Criticism is Much More Valuable than Praise

It is often said that being a rock star is not as easy as it looks. In a book devoted to music appreciation, it says:

The rise of rock and roll and its offspring rock is the most important music phenomenon of the past half-century. Economically, rock music has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry; socially, it had a far-reaching impact on the way people live, dress, talk, and even think; musically, it has dominated the popular scene for some forty years, and influenced virtually every other style of music. (443)

Sadly, this statement is undoubtedly true. Since I first began playing music at age nine, being a rock star was my only wish. I saw it everyday on the TV and heard it on the
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To gain writing experience, we listened to any genre of radio- related music. It could help us with understanding the elements of music that we might lack or did not understand. We also did the research on the restrictions made by the record label companies. The idea was to play what they wouldn’t toss out as garbage. Furthermore, our band decided being a cover band served no purpose, so we wrote our own original songs. Also, we played heavy metal music with such song titles as, “My Insides”, “Earth Scar”, “Pain’s Game”, and “Worthy”. The writing of the music was accomplished by practicing days and weeks at a time, with constant patience with one another. Eventually, the music started to consume our lives. Then, to gain stage experience, we performed at local schools and parties. Everyone else around us thought that we were bound for stardom and long-term success.

For a lot of time the band did nothing but practice repetitively. We needed a big opportunity; a major connection that would help us climb the ladder to success. It was a coincidence that one day my girlfriend Angela heard an advertisement on the radio for an upcoming event in Atlanta, Georgia. A company called NYC Fame was having an expo that would attempt to draw talented actors, models, and musicians to be signed. The expo would last one day, and over fifty leading recording label agents

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