Saw something on VH1 recently where Pamela Des Barres, the famous groupie, was going around interviewing her old friends (of course all former groupies), now middle aged and wearing way too much make-up. Perhaps I'm a bit of a geek, but I love music for, uh, the music. Sure, musicians are hot, but the music doesn't make me obsessed with them like a crazy sex addict, which frankly makes me glad. And I mean, Cynthia "Plaster Caster"'s house was decorated with, well, if you know who she is then you can only imagine, which begs the question - does she have people over for Thanksgiving?
Max Cavalara seems likes he's got his shit together - family, kids, religion. How does Soulfly deal with groupies, I wonder?
I recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan. We were in a remote region called Kunar province, where the Taliban influence is still strong. Before I left, my friend Tony and I sent you a Rebab that was made in Afghanistan. Music is not common for many reasons, so we felt fortunate to find this instrument in one of the Afghan stores on our base. It makes me wonder, if music was a little more popular and respected there, how could that change and improve their society? One of our translators told a story of how a girl in that region wanted to go to Kabul to be a singer. But she was killed before she was able to go, I think she was murdered by her own brother, because being a singer made her family ashamed of her. Crazy.
I just wanted to ensure that you received it with our letters. Please let us know if you're able to include it in any of your songs! I would've loved to keep it... but, uh, I can't play the guitar, so hopefully you can put it to good use. And maybe someone in Afghanistan will hear it and spread the music!