ByLine: Chelle La Fleur — Metal as Religion


Now, Chelle here’s all about dreamin’ big. How else do you think a girl like me got this here job at this here Trumpet? You think they hire any old fattie who don’t even own a pen?

Yeah, that’s right. Chelle dreamed big and found a way to make it happen. And now she writes these here columns, and the Trumpet makes sure them columns get into the paper so you can spend your precious money just to read what Chelle’s gotta say.

Chelle’s got a doozy for you today, boys and girls. Seems those goofs over in Europe are at it again. I swear, have you ever seen a crazier bunch of music lovers than the Europeans? They put us over here to shame. To shame. Ya hear Chelle on this one? We gotta do better. We just do.

But we ain’t gotta do it this way. Nope. Know why? ‘Cause this latest one makes them music fans over in Europe sound like they off their rockers. Maybe they are. Chelle here’s gonna let you all decide.

Seems there’s a couple-a groups now who think the best way to show their metal sides is to make heavy metal a religion. A real religion. One recognized by governments and all that.

Now, you and me, we know that metal’s already a religion. There’s rules you gotta follow or you don’t fit in. There’s dogma that makes no sense, like why jerks gotta kick the cool outta mosh pits. There’s guilt if you don’t follow them pit rules, even that stupid one that lets the jerks run the joint. I heard talk of makin’ a sacred text, full of … song lyrics, maybe. I s’pose if the Psalms fillin’ up the Bible at the church Chelle used to go to is poetry, so’s song lyrics. Wasn’t them Psalms songs once upon a time?

What Chelle don’t see there bein’ is a sacred being in this new religion of ours. Who’s it gonna be? My honey Mitchell Voss? The old-school but still rockin’ Sammy Spencer? Maybe the very dead Soul Bendorff? And what sort of teachin’ is this sacred being gonna spread? And how’s we all supposed to follow one person, when metal’s so big already? Them death heads ain’t gonna wanna follow someone like my honey. And that cutie of Chelle’s would laugh at some of them black metal types. In their faces laugh. Chelle knows. She’s seen him do it.

Chelle here ain’t the brightest bulb. She knows that. She cool with it. That don’t mean she can’t see issues with this here idea.

You heard it first and you heard it here: Metal’s way too personal to ever fill a bunch of pews and make people sit all proper like. Metal’s for rockin’.

So go rock on and leave the religion for the rest of ’em.

Be sure to see what other people are Sunday Scribblings about. This week’s prompt was Big Dream.



  1. Alice Audrey

    March 1, 2010 1:34 pm

    I’m with you, Chelle. Leave the religion out of it.

    Susan, you came by too soon. Come by again. 🙂
    .-= Alice Audrey´s last blog ..Kreativ Blogger Award =-.

  2. bunnygirl

    March 1, 2010 2:58 pm

    I was wondering when you were going to get some mileage out of that story, Susan! Chelle’s point is well taken. Some music just isn’t for joiners

  3. stan

    March 1, 2010 6:44 pm

    Teen culture is judt a phade – but Rock’n Roll will never die.
    .-= stan´s last blog ..RUNNING =-.

  4. Thomma Lyn

    March 1, 2010 9:36 pm

    Wonderful take on the Dig Dreams prompt, Susan! Love Chelle’s voice, and her ideas on a Big Dream. Music is all about dreams, and rising above it all.
    .-= Thomma Lyn´s last blog ..Seen on a Snowy Mountain =-.

  5. Dee

    March 1, 2010 11:21 pm

    Seems like ages since I’ve been here – real life has been kicking my tail. Love Chelle and your take on dreaming big 🙂
    .-= Dee´s last blog ..Night Wings Part 7 =-.

  6. Shelley Munro

    March 2, 2010 3:20 am

    I like Chelle’s voice, too.
    .-= Shelley Munro´s last blog ..The First Romance & Wild Child a Top Ten Seller! =-.

  7. Wylie

    March 3, 2010 10:50 am

    I vote Mitchell Voss for God 😉
    .-= Wylie´s last blog ..With Glowing Hearts… =-.

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