My Omar and family collection.
- Omar Rodriguez Lopez
- in Alarm Magazine concerning the subject of The Mars Volta/ The Bedlam Years/ 2008.
Omar did something great. I dont think he had to be a jerk to people. But in the end he did something great. The mars volta really was his and cedrics brain child. But Omars leading really held the dream true. What most people will never grasp is that: MOST GREAT MUSICIANS WERE BAND DICTATORS. I am not saying all great musicians are band dictators. I am not saying that in order to be a great band leader you have to be a dictator. I am just saying that being a strong leader that does not compromise when making art can be very powerful. Frank Zappa. John McLaughlin. Captain Beefheart. Trent Reznor. Sun Ra.
Honestly it was one of the best days of my life. He is my favorite musician aside from trent reznor .I have all of his records on vinyl (solo,mars volta,de facto etc) except for calibration and I also have his signature model guitar. So I got to the venue about 8 hours early to make sure I met him. He arrived with the band and saw me waiting and we both smiled at each other. I could tell he was busy as he was carrying all his gear in so I did not want to bother him. I waited until he had made a couple trips and was looking a little less tense and then I addressed him. I just said, “Hey Omar, I just want to say you mean the world to me. I know a lot of people probably tell you that you’ve changed their lives or made a large impact on them, but it is so much more than that for me and I wanted to bring my proof.” And so I opened up my box with all of his records and his jaw dropped and he was like “oh wow.” And I said , “Also I met your brothers a while back when they came to North carolina and we are friends now.” And I showed him the picture of me with zechs marquise. Then I showed him my that I had his guitar and told him that I play it every day for hours. I then said “Omar, from listening to all of your records you have empowered me and inspired me to make my own record. I just hope I can make one record.” And he looked at me and said “you will. I know it.” And that was the most meaningful thing ever. Then I said “look man I dont want to be a punisher but could I get a picture with you? I want to stick it on the insert on my record.” He said yeah no problem man. And after we took the picture I told him that I would send him a copy of my record with the picture.
So in the end it was a spiritual moment in my life. I know this sounds absurd or maybe cliche but I truthfully connected with him. I hope to someday write music with him.
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