The Open Door

Hello, my name is DhammaSeeker, I like The Open Door, and I am not ashamed. If shame were going to play any part in this, it should have come in long ago. Somewhere around August of 2003.

I had two random people IM me last night asking my opinion on the album, so I figured I may as well just write it out. Where to start?

In all honesty, on first listen, I was what you might call ‘disappointed’ because I didn’t hear any particular song (or three as on Fallen) that immediately jumped out and resonated with me. I believe this is what the song writing inclined would call a ‘hook’. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no song on The Open Door with a hook. For some people, that is a show stopper. I went back for seconds, and then thirds. After I thought about it, there are plenty of artists that I really enjoy but whose albums are also hookless.

And lo, on the third day, I began to open up to the album. I thought that I had been listening with unprejudiced ears–without preconceptions of what I wanted it to be, but I guess my subconscious had other plans. Being at the particular spot on the grapevine where I find myself, I had heard various things that primed me for disappointment. The track titles alone gave me serious pause when I first saw them. But I’m a person who focuses more on the music than the lyrics and titles. Amy could be singing about killing kittens, and so long as I liked it musically, I probably wouldn’t notice.

The style of The Open Door strays from the Evanescence we used to know so severely that it’s leaving many people in a fog of confusion and dismay. People came to Evanescence prior to now because something resonated with them in the work on Origin or Fallen. That, or they were personal devotees of one or another of the band members. The personal devotee fan type has suffered massive casualties over the years. The demi-gods have been falling away for one reason or another, and the affinity of the pilgrims changes, understandably.

The fact of the matter is that Evanescence has been Amy Lee ever since that fateful day in October three years ago. Some people have been holding onto the hope that a group effort would replace the song-writing duo that had been Amy and Ben. Alas, that’s not how Amy rolls. Whether or not your head is stuck in the sand will not change the way that she does business. For good or bad, that’s just the way it is.

After thinking about it and hearing about some of the drama involved, I’m more respectful of John and Rocky because they continue to perform as professional musicians and haven’t gotten caught up in the high school bullshit that would have torn asunder people of lesser character.

But back to the album, and my uninformed opinion on it.

The Open Door is not a rock album; not in the traditional or conventional sense. Evanescence has always been all over the place genre wise. That’s why the cross-section of the fan base has always been so diverse. That’s why I’m a fan along with people less than half my age and people more than twice my age. There’s something special about a group that can draw in that diverse of a fan base.

For several months now, I’ve known that the release of The Open Door would be a critical time for the current Evanescence fan base. I had no idea what it was going to sound like, but I knew that some of the current fans were certain to dislike it and there would be new fans to bring into the fold. This is a natural process that we should all just learn to accept. We’re going to have evboarders who will be unable to reconcile themselves to the new direction. This is okay. They are no less deserving of our respect.

Then there is the other camp of people who think that Amy Lee can do no wrong. News flash: Amy Lee is a human being just like you and me. And lord knows that we all fuck up from time to time. This, too, is okay.

I’m of the opinion that The Open Door is a fine sophomore effort and shows promise of things to come in the future. Hopefully Wind-up won’t tour this album into the ground like they did Fallen, and the writing process can commence on the next album in about a year.

Sure there are things here and there that I wish were different than they are on The Open Door, but the same holds true for me with Fallen. Life will go on.

The preceding has been the personal opinion of DhammaSeeker and does not constitute an official or unofficial position of, Evanescence, Wind-up Records, the RIAA,, the NSA, or Colin.

Father who punched teacher’s aide sues school district

10 News This Morning – Tampa Bay’s 10 News – WTSP

Let me get this straight. Father walks into class and commits assault and battery upon an instructor based on (false) allegations by his daughter. Father learns of the falsity of his daughter’s claims. Father feels like an ass. Father sues school district in an attempt to save face? What a tool.

don’t lean on me

So I can totally understand having to lean against the person next to you on the bus when it’s packed. For a few blocks on the way home this afternoon, the shuttle was like that, but then the density lightened up a bit. But did the guy next to me get the off of me? No. He practically laid on me the entire length of the mall. Tip to the world: When it’s not absolutely necessary, don’t lean on the person next to you on the damned bus!

This, my friends, is a bad idea

Frequent Fliers to Get Security Pass –

It’s a fucking travesty that the terrorist attacks of 09/11/01 have led us down the primrose path to hell to this point.

The Registered Traveler card would let frequent fliers go through airport security lines more quickly if they pay a fee, pass a government background check and submit 10 fingerprints, according to a federal official familiar with the program’s details, which were being announced Friday. The program will begin June 20.

*insert that cliche quote about liberty and security here*

“It sounds like they want private companies to be in the business of law enforcement and intelligence gathering,” Hofmann [an attorney with the privacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center] said.

Once again. Bad idea.

There’s already a private company running a Registered Traveler test program at the Orlando (Fla.) Airport. Verified Identity Pass, which was started by media entrepreneur Steven Brill, charges $79.95 for the card.

Earlier this month, the company told the TSA that it tested whether commercial data services could authenticate that a person is who he says he is.

The results: “We dropped the idea after fully testing it and finding that it had no security benefits and significant, almost show-stopping negatives,” the company said in a document responding to the TSA’s request for information.

Well of course it’s got no security benefits. The entire TSA operation of airline passenger screening has not appreciably increased airline safety for anyone I contend.

Other private companies such as General Electric, ARINC and Iridian Technologies, along with airports, think there’s money to be made in the business of verifying people’s identity at airports.

Well of course there’s money to be made here. Isn’t that the entire fucking point?

Do we need any more reason to believe that we are in danger?

Arab States Silent on Iran’s Remarks
CAIRO, Egypt Oct 27, 2005 — Arab governments remained silent Thursday as international condemnation grew over a call by Iran’s new president for Israel to be destroyed….
Iran’s President Calls His Anti-Israel Comment `Right and Just’
Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) — Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stood by his comment that Israel “must be wiped off the map,” ignoring condemnation from the European Union, U.S. and Russia….

This just makes me boil. What responsible nation-state calls for the complete erasure of another nation? What kind of culture stands idly by when another member state of that culture makes such an assertion. A very dangerous one. That’s what.

Fuck that

I was watching the NBC Nightly News last evening, and they showed footage of a U.S. army helicopter being mobbed on a hilltop in Pakistan while delivering much-needed relief supplies to the earthquake victims there, and this is what popped into my head: So the U.S. army can land a helicopter in the middle of Pakistan (where it’s guaranteed that many of the men are armed) to deliver food, but it was logistically impossible to airlift in a flat or five of drinking water to the hundreds of American citizens stranded at the New Orleans convention center in the days after Katrina? Fuck that.