Thursday, April 5, 2012

#5 Mood

There isn't an exact overall prevailing mood to describe the book with. Emotional at points, yes, that is for sure. Yet at other times, it felt more informational than anything. Tyler uses the first couple of chapters describing how he grew up and where he came from, and had more of an informational tone. As he told more stories as he got older, the feel for the book became more interesting, and emotional. The deeper in detail he went, the more you can practically feel the dispair he has as he looks back on his bad decisions, and the pride he has in his succsess. As well as the detailed personal stories, he describes the highs and lows of Aerosmith, too. Some of the stories about the growing Aerosmith almost felt as educational as his childhood. Regardless, his unique oppinions on topics sometimes keeps almost a humorous feel to his the book while also forcing the reader to keep an open mind on other topics.

It can be hard to want to stop reading when he says things like "Fame is a bitch.... It's a riderless horse, it's a two-headed dog sniffing its own butt, a one-eyed cat peeking in a seafood store. And it's the absolute greatest generator creative fiction there is." and "Are all drugs bad just because some of them took over my life from time to time? I wrote some beautiful songs under the influence, just as jimson weed inspired Carlos Castaneda..." within just pages. The mood of the book periodically took shifts, but for the most part remained somewhere between emotional and informational. Of course the mood may have felt more serious to Tyler, considering what he has been through. However, the interesting expressions and examples he used could hold a reader's attention.

Aerosmith's song, "Something's Gotta Give", appears on their 12th studio album, Nine Lives, released in 1997. Steven Tyler titled his memoir, Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?, after a lyric in this song. Steven Tyler would more than likely agree when I say this song accurately represents the general mood of this autobiography. Reading the book reminded me of this song on more than one occasion, and I am positive that I am not the only Aerosmith fan to think so.


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