Airman punk

By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 2, 2009

But don't worry, it's not like illegal downloading because we can't keep the music — we can only listen to it. We can't burn it or anything. So we play a lot of that stuff. I personally love it for the fact I am the only person who loves '80s cheesy pop and hair metal in my office, so I play it as loud as I can as much as I can. People do talk about music, but it's usually about crap music on the radio today. I personally hate the way music is headed, rap songs with made-up words and no actual intelligence behind the lyrics. And I'm not saying all the music I enjoy is intelligent, but if it isn't it's usually funny shit to make me laugh. Today's rock is full of bands that sound identical without a shred of reality. People singing about broken hearts or how they couldn't get the girl and now they are rich, most married, and if they aren't, they get to fuck the hottest chick who ends up backstage every night.

Anyways, now that I'm done bitching, I have met a few people with solid interests in music. Overall, though, even though I would say "punk rock" is "my kind of music," I listen to a lot of jazz, oldies, and like I said before '80s tunes and the occasional classical stuff like Handel or Chopin.

HAVE YOU SEEN ANY LOCAL AFGHAN BANDS? No there aren't any "local bands." We do, however, have military-member bands that travel to all different deployed locations. Usually they are cover bands and they aren't very good. We did have Flyleaf play here once, but if you read my response to your last question I am sure you can guess I was not in attendance at that.

DO YOU GET A CHANCE TO PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC? DO YOU GET A CHANCE TO WRITE MUSIC? HOW? WHEN AND WHERE DO YOU FIND THE TIME? ARE THERE INSTRUMENTS AVAILABLE TO YOU? I do practice and write over here. I didn't want to bring one of my own guitars out here, for obvious reasons, but they sell guitars here and I bought one.

HOW IS THAT LOOKED UPON BY YOUR PEERS IN THE AIR FORCE? The guys think it's cool and all. I was giving guitar lessons to some of the guys here, but they lost interest. It's hard to stay dedicated to something when you work over 72 hours a week.

HOW HAS BEING IN AFGHANISTAN AFFECTED YOUR WRITING? HAVE YOU PICKED UP ANY LOCAL MUSICAL FLAVOR? HAVE YOU WRITTEN SONGS ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES IN THE AIR FORCE? No, I haven't picked up any Afghan inspiration or anything. I get most of my inspiration not so much from my own experiences as from other people's: Hearing about fellow members' spouses cheating on them or vice versa, or about people whose best friend was killed here, or even about how people can manage to have a relationship with someone else while deployed. I also still write about stuff I used to, like ghost stories and old legends and stuff.

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