Jaime Buerger of Las Vegas Weekly caught up with a fan of Tool, Dr. Christopher diCarlo, who is a philosophy professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and who’s one of several guest speakers attending a convention to celebrate the group’s music and message. Asked what is it about Tool’s message that he discusses with his students, diCarlo responded, “First of all, their artistic integrity. They’re not just going to settle for a quick lick or a nifty lyric. And the lyrics themselves add so well to the instrumental composition because the content deals with universal themes that are extremely important to all of humankind. This is one of the things I’ll be talking about at the convention, this idea of universality in their music. With Tool’s music, one of the main universal themes that you find is self-reflection. And it’s not wishy-washy self-reflection; I don’t find it to be new age, I don’t find it to be hokey. … What Tool do in their music is they pull people into the dark sides of themselves and show them that there’s still a beauty there, because it involves self-awareness and the ability to be able to reflect on what one is thinking. Now that is the very heart and soul of philosophy, right? The responsibility to think about what it is you believe and why it is you’re doing what it is you’re doing.”
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