We live in a funny world; a world with misplaced values. Values reflect anything and everything we find meaningful in life. These are things that you care about, deep down, and what you consider most important. Everyone’s values are different, and can constantly change over time. They reflect how we want to engage in the world, both individually, and around other people. Importantly, values are different than goals. You set goals, and aim to achieve them. Hopefully, once achieved, you set more goals. On the other hand, values act as a compass, guiding and directing us throughout life. Possible values could include: family, friendships, marriage, parenting, personal growth, recreation, spirituality, physical well-being, community, the list is literally indefinite.  Somewhere along the line, these values have shifted to superficial bullshit. It seems that more people are invested in how they “appear” through the lens of social media, than how they feel in real life; their social presence outweighs that of reality. Of course, this is not true for everyone, just an unfortunate direction that the majority are heading.

In our recent interview with Bonfire Falls, singer Stephen Lyons, mentioned something that I can’t seem to shake. When discussing community, Lyons described the arts as the “pillars of our society”, in which I wholeheartedly agree. We live in a time where community is a grossly underappreciated concept. Where communities only come together in times of struggle and sorrow. Why can’t communities build around the arts? Why can’t we build around music, dance, theater, cinema, poetry, or photography? We experience art every day; yet, art is passed off as irrelevant. This is discussed in a previous post, but it’s important enough to be addressed again. I would argue that art has done more to build communities than anything else. When properly executed, it sparks necessary and engaged conversations. Music especially ignites these conversations because artists share from the heart. Indie musicians, the storytellers, are driving these conversations through their music.

For us at Setlist Indie, building a community is a core value. Every single day we strive to establish, build, and continuously improve upon our community.  A community that accounts for a variety of complicated cultural elements and meets in the common language that is music.  A community that starts conversation, and discusses issues that need to be addressed. A community that isn’t afraid to back down to the everyday nonsense that is being accepted as normality. A community of collaborative minds working towards similar aspirations. A community that believes the arts are the pillars of society that strengthen our belief system. A community that understands the influence music and culture have on creating a peaceful society. Above all else, we’re a community that values each other.