Saturday, May 17, 2008

"E M O"

My friends, today we will be looking into complicating yet simple world of emo-ness.

What's that you say? You don't know what does the word "emo" means? I could tell you, but what better person to define "emo" than EmoKid#1!!! *clap hands*

EanJ. : "So EmoKid#1, what can you tell me about emo?"

EmoKid#1 : "My life sux, I want to cry..." sob... sob...

There you have it! The short simplified version of the difinition of "emo". The picture above might be a little confusing as many may say that they look like goth, how can we tell the difference between goths and emos? Simple...

Emos hate themselves
Goths hate everyone
Emos want to hurt themselves
Goths want to hurt everyone

Ok. Jokes aside.

The word "emo" originally come from a style of rock music which describes several independent variations of music with common stylistic roots (subject to much debate). In the mid-1980s, the term "emo" described a subgendre of hardcore punk which originated from Washington, D.C. music scene. In the later years, the term "emocore" ("emotional hardcore"), was also used to describe the emotional performances of bands Washington D.C. scene.

Starting in the mid-1990s, the term "emo" began to refer to the indie scene that followed the influences of Fugazi that itself was an offshoot of the first wave of emo. The so-called "indie emo" scene survived until the late 1990s, as many of the bands either disbanded or shifted to mainstream styles. As the ramaining entered the mainstream, they began to emulate the mainstream style. As a result, the term "emo" became a vaguely defined identifier rather than a specific genre of music.

Majority of the people believe that "emo" meant "emotional". But, some others believe that "emotional" isn't a proper term, as 99% of bands make music to illicit emotion, which would make "emotional" a completely all-encompassing genre from classical to opera to pop to rap.

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However, the word "emo" is used differently today. It's no longer just a word to describe a genre of music. Today, emos classified it as a new rising way of feeling yourself. There are other meanings...
  • "Emo" short for "emotional"
  • "Emo" means Taking Back Sunday and Dashboard Confessional (as what MTV led many to believe).
  • "Emo" means sidebangs, tight pants, and male vocalists who sing about their failed relationships.
  • "Emo" associated with metaphors/similes like "autumn", "heart", "knife", "bleeding", "leaves", and "razorblades".
It's really confusing as to what is the one true contemporary meaning of "emo", perhaps there is none.

Personally, my simple observation on what "emo" means, and how it's widely used in my community is:

"An emotional state of mind (often negative) where a person in a emo period is struggling mentally to withstand any form of psychological suffering..."

In other words, emo people are sad; sad people are emo, or at least that is how I view it in a simplified way.

Where it is fine to have an outpour of sadness during trying times, don't, however, take it out physically on yourself, it will only lead to your downfall. Go seek comfort from your friends, talk to someone wiser to help you through. I find this quote from the bible to be useful, it has always helped me:

"...we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."
Romans 5: 3-5

My friends, I hope we learned something today. Yes?

Ok. Thank you.
God Bless.

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