Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Book of Wes

Since June 27th up until today, Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has used his Twitter feed to do nothing but post little tips for navigating life that he feels like he's learned throughout the years. Some are practical and direct, some are personal and involve making music and art, some are spiritual and inspirational -- all of them, though, certainly when taken as a whole, are wonderfully affecting and a great reminder that while Limp Bizkit may have its reputation, the mysterious Borland has always been something special in the band and as an artist in general.

These are my favorites among his Twitter list:

One of my very first, and most lasting memories, is hearing Erik Satie's Gymnopedies as a child and being so moved by it that it actually made me cry. It was the most beautiful thing I'd ever heard and maybe still is. I was about Inara's age at the time.


Anonymous said...

re Satie: It's very strange to play. I feel like I should be transported, but I'm not. It's more numbing than anything; like big fluffy clouds of nothingness, nice background music for perfume shops. Philip Glass without the wrist-slashing repetitions.

He wasn't a very good pianist, which is why he wrote such simplistic pieces, so they say. It shows.

There is much better music out there than this. If the Gymnopedies make you cry, you'd want to kill yourself if you ever heard Strauss's "Death and Transfiguration" (, or Barber's "Adagio for Strings" (

Chez said...

Really? You're going to haggle over what moves one person as opposed to another? Yes, I'm familiar with both Strauss and Barber, but when you're five years old, it's exactly the simplicity -- and the beauty -- of Satie that you find seismic. Jesus Christ.

ZIRGAR said...

That first comment is very strange to read. I feel like I should've been taught something about piano music, but I wasn't. It's more pretentious than anything; like big puffy words of nothingness, nice background thoughts for perfumed toilets.

Great music is great music. Period.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Satie, I'd never heard of the composer before. Loved the piece!

Anonymous said...

It's a case of the uninitiated (in music) being awestruck by genius, except it's not genius. Even he called it "furniture music" and meant for it to be in the background.

Look, it's just not that "great", k? If you care that much and have the ability to be moved by music, then kudos to you. I recommended something "greater", for your interest. Don't let anything detract from your enjoyment of Satie, but developing some perspective can only mean you've increased your knowledge about something, and that's not a bad thing.

Anonymous said...

Really? A 5 year old cries at the "beauty" of Satie? I don't think so.

If you think the first commenter was pompous, that wins out easily.

Chez said...

It'd be entertaining to find out just what would make some anonymous idiot decide that it's not possible for a little kid to feel music, but I genuinely can't make myself give a crap what you think.

ZIRGAR said...

1) "It's great that you found something that moved you when you were just a child and still moves you as an adult. If you like that, then you might also enjoy these works of art. Maybe even more so."

2) "I can't believe that crap moved YOU when it clearly does nothing for ME. Especially when there's so much better stuff out there that produces genuine responses to real artists instead of these vapid reactions to untalented hacks."

Anyone see a difference? Both essentially say the same thing, but one is insulting and the other is not. One is about sharing with someone, the other is about vanity and imperiousness. Anonymous first comment is similar to no. 2, which is why he or she is getting negative feedback. Even the second comment from Anonymous is just as overbearing and supercilious. Amazing.