I'm a sixteen year-old girl, trying to become a writer for the rest of my life.
I first got into the Dolls a few years ago, around seventh grade, when my uncle (who's about twenty-two now) was dating this girl who was about seventeen. She was an avid fan, and was looking up some of their music videos at the time, and I couldn't help but become curious. It was either that night or a couple of nights later that I went onto iTunes and bought a few songs. I think it took some time for them to really stick, and for me to become the fan I am today, but I did eventually get very much into them. Not long after, that same girl and I started to hang out again (only this time, she wasn't dating my uncle and she was out of high school with a few tattoos). This was in the middle of spring last year, and she gave me the WKAP CD.
It was as if I fell in love with the music all over again.
What makes me keep listening is the fact that I feel this weird, deep connection with the lyrics and what the Dolls/AFP stand for. I don't think I've ever gotten into a band or singer as much. I feel the emotion in every recording, every video of a concert, every interview... It makes every other bit of music I have just a figment of the past and THIS, everything, seem like it's a whole other world. Like an Oz, maybe, or a Neverland. The only difference is that it makes me feel REAL and ALIVE. It took a long time for me to feel this way, but I feel like this music and art really helped. And I find it amazing that all of these diverse people can come together and say that, perhaps, they feel the same way. We can all stand strong, and it feels as if we're all in this life, together. It's so amazing, and incredibly beautiful. Maybe I'm not making sense. Perhaps I should put my reason into simpler terms.
My answer: The Punk Cabaret is MAGIC, and REALITY, all at the same time.
And that, my friends, is what makes art, and life, absolutely magnificent. <3