Monthly Archives: June 2014

Hearable Noise

“If a tree falls in a forest  and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

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If a baby is born and no one is there to hear it, does it cry?… No? Yes? Maybe? what? did you just answer that? who on Earth gave birth to it then?

Try this one, If the 1st human was Adam, why was he given the ability to grow, age and face the challenges of adulthood if he didn’t have or experience the joys of being a kid nor got the chance to suckle on a mother’s breast? I joke, no answers needed.

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Wait, I just remembered that this is actually a music blog…

I have the honour of helping invade your world with a young talent, unborn a minute ago, his name will soon take its first breath in your conscience, his music will lay a seed of judgement… however it may sprout, his talent is undoubtedly present.

Introverted he has no trouble keeping to self as his creative juices drip from mind to paper, he savours his alone time, confronted by extroverts, toe to toe he brings it.
When he first shared his video entitled “How Can I Forget”, his charisma or should I say the “Swag” that the mass today is oh so infatuated with was apparent, that’s when I knew I had to write about him.
He goes by the name “Luck Jay”, an up and coming rapper, singer, producer, he has a lot to offer.

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One of his tracks that immediately stuck on my mind, was “Girl With A Tattoo”, assisted by… well, himself, Luck Jay laid down the main vocals as well as the backing vocals on this number.
what I like most about this particular song is the intended amateur, playful nature of it, yes, he was playing around when he recorded it though the lyrics suggest otherwise…
With his mantra, “When it’s your time, it’s your time”, it’s only a matter of time before he makes it, and when he does, will he still have that wide-eyed, bushy-tale approach to his music as he does today? we’ll have to wait and see…

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Sung by Sarah McLachlan, these lyrics from “Silence” by Delirium(spelling varies) suggest that it’s our passion that kills the beauty within all of us which I like referring to as “a vision like a child”…
I’m willing to debate this, but through interconnections, somehow money is something we’re all passionate about “hungry still for me” suggests the plain fact that no one ever gets enough of it, and once an artists tastes a great deal of it, their primary sole passion for making genuine music is preceded by their (now) sharpened passion for making money, whether they know it or not, it slowly but surely starts to rule them.

“Sunshine in an empty place” are words from the Corona classic “Rhythm Of The Night” most recently reworked by British rock band, Bastille,
I feel that these words resonate with this post cause that’s where pure sunshine is, in an “empty place”, a place where a tree smashing onto the ground wouldn’t be heard, a place where being heard is the only object, a place where hunger lives, a hunger to grow as the mind and thoughts photosynthesize to fill the soul’s desires, in a place where striving is the only option, no, not to be the best money-maker but the best artist…

“stomped by this disaster town, you put your eyes to the sun and say ‘I know you’re only blinding to keep back what the clouds are hiding'”- Fall Out Boy
As fame/fortune isn’t for everyone, the rest of us hypothetically stand a greater chance to preserve the sunshine within… at least that’s a belief that helps me sleep at night

I ask again, If a tree falls in a forest  and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?, if an artist is born and no one sees their art, are they still an artist? well, I don’t know, but those who do, claim that to be is to be perceived…

 

The notion is: To be "perceived" or known, one must be provocative or perhaps controversial, methinks not

The common notion is: To be “perceived” or known, one must be provocative or perhaps controversial, methinks not

This may be the 1st time I mention Luck Jay on a post, but it most definitely wont be the last, for more on Luck Jay and his music, follow him on Twitter @LuckjaySA, and don’t forget to give his music a listen, you wont regret it, cheers.

By the way, if you have a question or would like to do some work with Luck Jay, feel free to ask.

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Smells Like Youth Spirit/ Soweto Uprising

“Lets dance in style, lets dance for  a while

Heaven can wait we’re only watching the skies

Hoping for the best but expecting the worst, are you gonna drop the bomb or not?

Let us die young or let us live forever

We don’t have the power but we never say never

Sitting in a sandpit, life is a short trip

The music’s for the sad man…”

First released in September 1984, this Alphaville hit has been sung and reworked by various artists, including when boy band, One Direction recorded a cover of the song for The X Factor  season 7 finals.

Jay Z, Kanye West and Mr Hudson also reworked this 80s hit for Jay Z’s Blueprint 3 album, as Mr Hudson was just one of the few (then) “new voices” on the Blueprint 3, in an interview, Jay Z was asked what he had learned from the new artists, he replied “Their excitement for the game… I love that new energy, whatever they do from there is on them, but that new energy and what they had right there is raw and untapped and pretty much cool”

 

The very lyrics of the song  express  the bare notion of being young, though more and more people die young, to the mind, dying young remains a taboo as it’s the youth that is expected to carry the flag from one generation to the next… “heaven can wait, we’re only watching the skies”

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As awesome as that “new energy” Jay Z loves is when artists first start off in the music industry, how amazing is the holistic energy of someone who has just started off, not a new venture but this soul building, tremulous journey we call life?

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I’ve always admired a child’s ability to trust, wide-eyed, seeing everything for the first time, smiling at strangers, kissing everyone, expecting no wrong.
It is that pureness the world needs, they say what you see is what you get, so if you see or expect the worst from people, that’s exactly what you’ll get.
Oppressed by the apartheid regime the students of Soweto weren’t seen as just school kids but a threat to the apartheid government and that’s exactly what they became.

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On the morning of June 16th, 1976, thousands of black students went on a protest rally from their schools to Orlando Stadium.
Although the rally was intended to be a peace protest, things soon got out of hand and riots were seen all over the place as hundreds of students were  killed during the protest.

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In a world where “turning up” is the new black, I can only hope that the youth would rise up and stand together for a social or political course should there ever be a need, in a world ruled by apathy I can only hope that we can unify and defeat selfish greed, in a world ruled by “cool” I can only hope that the youth can still pull together and be the victors of something as spectacular.

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It’s in our hands to keep the youth spirit alive (that’s if it’s still alive), it’s in our finger joints to clench that fist and throw it up over our heads though it’s not our highest asset, but what we can do with it is…

In the spirit of youth day I’ve selected two songs that capture the fire our fallen heroes had, a fire built by a hunger that illuminated their souls as they stood like giants for their rights, a thirst, no, not that of the sexual hip implication of this dot-com age but a thirst for freedom…

First up, we have “Uprising” by Muse

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With lyrics like “They will not force us, they will stop degrading us, they will not control us, we will be victorious” this 2009 hit undoubtedly embodies the rebellious spirit our fallen heroes had for their rights, your rights, our freedom…

 

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Now that we have our freedom, where to from here… what do we do with it? how do we preserve it?

Released in 2013 “Now” by Paramore is one hell of a jam, bursting with adrenaline, Hayley Williams screams and chants the lyrics “If there’s a future we want it now!” and  “don’t try to take this from me”…

Who is she referring to? who would try to take this from her/us?

With all the privileges we have today that the youth 40 years ago could only dream of, we still face a variety of challenges as many problems are still growling under the rug.

Unfazed by the attacking soldiers, Hayley Williams looks ahead as she steadily makes her way to her destination, and that my brothers and sisters is something we can all learn from as peer pressure and company are designed to slow us down, we have to give a little more to avoid external factors as we march on to pursue our own personal journeys.

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