Music has to be the most efficient form of writing, right?
I mean, if they ever invent a way to inject, snort, or smoke a story, then I suppose that will reign supreme. But until then, we have MP3s.

Let me back up for a bit, lest people think that this is gonna lean more toward the first part of its title. We write stories to convey things. We recount events that never happened, why? To convey a feeling, or sometimes many of them. We see observe something and it inspires us, in turn we put pen to paper (or pound on plastic squares) to try and take that observation translate it into something that others can consume. Whether we want people to cry, laugh, or think deeply, it doesn't matter. In English, we have access to the most expressive language in the world, we can even make up words on the fly. And yet, it takes us pages upon pages to convey what we want. Granted, the detail at our disposal is immense, but taking an entire paragraph to say that someone is sad is... well, it's pretty wordy.

Wait! Set down the pitchforks for a sec.

Now we can spend an entire novel trying to make the reader relate to our characters. Once we're sure that they're hooked, then we drop the bomb of emotional upheaval. Whether it's happy or sad, beautiful or dingy, it's a whole novel though. Isn't there some form of expression that can convey the beauty in a scene or the helpless feeling of being alone without taking 100k words to do it?

Damn right there is! Poetry.

"But you said-"

Shut up, I ain't done yet.

So as I was saying, poetry is amazing. True, it's not something I'm very well versed in, embarrassingly true, in fact; but moving on... The point I'm getting at is that poetry is where writers often take that brave leap beyond what we call 'reality,' or 'normal.' With wild analogies and metaphors, a poet can write what appears to concern a particular topic, only for it to be a parallel for another, thus bestowing upon the reader, the intention of the poet.

But where the hell have they gone?

"Poetry is still alive and-"

Go ahead, try and recite poetry to any group of people. There's a high probability that you'll hear the word "pretentious" in whatever conversation follows the snickering.

"But we still have music, right?"

Hell yeah we do!

Music. A song. You've got so many elements to convey what the artist is aiming at. Each instrument can aid in bringing about a certain mood. Hell, there are songs that inspire confidence, or bring people to tears, but contain not even a single spoken word. Impressive, right? But what about singing? Voice tone alone can -- in a single line -- convey the emotion that would take a novelist a whole chapter. Put it all together and you have a story (the words) sung with emotion (the voice) and both amplified by, and built upon the foundation of, the instrumentation. You can fit an entire era of expression into like... five minutes or so.

If that's so, then why the fuck are modern 'musicians' merely boasting about their finances or objectifying the female form? With all the damn instruments -- traditional and modern -- that we have, as well as editing ability and recording quality, you'd think that artists would be able to take the beautiful rhymes of poetry, and launch it to a new level. But of course, with the love of money being the root of all evil, greed turns beauty into profit, and expression into a product. And what better way to sell a product than to target the uneducated masses?

With this era's focus on social acceptance, it's damning to appear weird or different. So everything starts blending together, except it's more like a gray mush that a beautiful and diverse rainbow. Country, hip-hop, and rock all sound like pop. And pop just sounds like untalented pretty faces who sing derivative songs of sex... you know, since it's instinctual, and therefore easy to capitalize on.

Now don't get me wrong, there are pockets of talent here and there. There are still the occasional artists who truly want to convey a deeper meaning. But where are the poets in all of this?

Fucking, stoner rock.

Yup.

Unafraid to buck trends and use abstract phrasing to convey deeper meaning. Sure, there are some truly nonsense works out there, but as a whole, I've heard some impressive stuff. At first, some of it may seem like total nonsense, definitely stoner material. But a lot of it draws parallels, using analogies and allegories in such a way that is rarely used otherwise. There doesn't appear to be any hesitation to have a strange vision or idea, and then put it into song. When the genre has the word 'stoner' in it, why not just go all out and sing what you really feel? There's no concern about it being too 'out there.'

It's unashamedly poetic, it's stoner rock.