You will never understand
how it feels to live your life
with no meaning or control,
and with no place left to go...
The thing about control is, you take it.
The thing about meaning is, you make it.
One Toronto punk band of the early 1980's sang,
live your life or have it lived for you;
live your life or have nothing to look forward to
or Chronic Submission, or Young Lions.... nope, can't recall
Of course, that doesn't mean, "no rules". The slogan, "no rules," is, as a friend of ours would say, "for the weak." Or, as John Wayne once said,
a man's got to have a code, a creed to live by...
Another friend of ours, now long passed on, used to always say, "Make it a great day." That -- what we've just said -- is a significant part of how that is done. We can't make anything great -- not even a single day -- till we make decisions that are fundamental. about who we're going to be in the world.
So Strummerfest invites everyone to take that bull by the horns, to embrace your life's meaning by making it, to experience your control by taking it, and to contribute every bit of good you can to the world that surrounds you. We like to think that's sort of what Strummer meant (in part, at least) when he defined punk this way:
I go straight in, see what's wrong and I fix it. ...That is a punk attitude
...My motto is 'never take your eye off the ball,' ...I like to be completely aware of what's going on at all times... There's no long wait 'cause I've already clocked it while everyone's going (jabbering) meh-meh-meh. I'm going meh-meh-meh too but I know what's going on around me. This is punk rock.
In fact, punk rock means EXEMPLARY MANNERS TO YOUR FELLOW HUMAN BEING... [not what people] thought it was twenty years ago.