Express yourself : Ladybeard and Buckethead
This is how to lose people who are only interested in UFOs and aliens but not life. But who gives a crap !
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If I’ve learnt one thing about life, it’s this – that you better damned well express yourself or all that you suppress will kill you !
Having said that, it’s perfectly obvious that we we can express ourselves in different ways and to varying degrees. We can express ourselves through a persona – a carefully crafted projection of some aspect of ourselves. Or we can express ourselves through the soul – an authentic display of what we really are, warts and all, complete with wisdom and vulnerability.
Both forms of expression are good. But ultimately expression has to come from deep within us and be free of all mental fabrication. At some point we have to peel away the mask and reveal what is really within.
Those of you who are familiar with Dude will recall him saying, “express you, your thoughts, your feelings, your happenings”. After trying so hard to eradicate my desires and attachments and to suppress the ego, I’ve had to come full circle and fully embrace life and express whatever needed to be expressed. Ego is just a dirty word ! But an aware ego has it’s place in who we allow ourselves to be. Dude’s wisdom has given me a critical lesson in how to live but it takes constant awareness to put it into action !
Rick Magarey is a young Aussie from Adelaide who has turned from martial artist to metal head to stunt man to pro wrestler to cross dressing Ladybeard. And somewhere within the Ladybeard persona, Rick has found a way to express himself. Along the way he has discovered the joys of travel, music and relationship. Ladybeard is now part of the band Ladybaby and together they are riding the waves of a new genre called Baby Metal with their own style they call Kawaii Core. Who knows where Ladybeard is heading and how Baby Metal and Ladybaby will influence other artists around the world ? It isn’t my cup of tea but I can appreciate why a person would do this. What is interesting to me, is how a former chubby kid who was bullied, could turn his life around and become a martial artist, a stunt man, a pro wrestler and the new face of cross dressing heavy metal.
Brian Patrick Carroll is an American guitarist about my age, who has established himself as one of the worlds best guitarist (if not the best) and worlds most prolific recording artist, with 445 album projects (including 264 studio albums of his own). No one plays like Buckethead and no one looks or acts like Buckethead. The Buckethead persona has served Brian well and allowed him to express many different aspects of his outer personality and many of the deeper aspects of his soul. There is great depth and feeling in a great deal of his music and lots of showing off and ridiculousness in much of his music. But at the core of Buckethead, is a great love of music and the desire to give something of value to others.