Monthly Archives: August 2014

STD (Snappers Taste Dope)

A———-re yo——–u ca——–lling me dar———-ling? A——–re yo———-u ca———lling me Bi——rd?”

Taken from the bridge of “That’s Not My Name” by The Ting Ting’s 2008 hit, a snippet of this very song was used in a Coca Cola advert that got everyone talking, which brings me to the question, Am I the only human who never found their name on a Coke bottle?

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“That’s Not My Name” video shot

The song itself is about a girl whose name no one seems to remember, and the line I’ve quoted above specifically reminds me of some of my friends who’ve been “involved” with girls they never bothered to remember names of, so to stray from any problems, they refer to them as “babe”, “darling” ect…

Depending on how far you want to go with it, “That’s Not My Name” may also be interpreted as a jam that suggests the reality of the lies people tell just to get into one’s pants, on the opposite side we have “Love In The Club” by Usher, unlike “That’s Not My Name”, this number tells a story of a character who doesn’t need any “Four letter word just to get (him) along”, he just wants to make love in the club, no chivalry mask. Speaking of Chivalry, for years his death had been speculated ’til Nelly Furtado confirmed (His death) from her 2006 Loose lead single, “Promiscuous Girl”, The song as well as the video share a similar nature as “Love In The Club”, yes, both videos are shot “In The Club”, Keri Hilson appears in both videos and both revolve around flirting with a mere stranger and of course a possible one night stand.

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“Love In The Club” video shot

Chivalry is dead, but you’re still kinda cute

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“Promiscuous Girl” video shot

Are you still there?
how did we get here?
To think that we started off with such an innocent song… Well, buckle up, I’m about to kick it up a gear.

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“Part Of Me” video shot

When Chris Cornell started working with mega producer Timbaland, ahead of his 2008 3rd solo offering “Scream”, it was speculated that he would be the 1st ever rock-star to make it in the clubs, The album would later be met with mostly negative reviews… Nine Inch Nails creator Trent Reznor went to the lengths of attacking the album on twitter, condemning it as “embarrassing”… guess it’s safe to say the world prefers him (Cornell) as Audioslave/Soundgarden front-man rocker, though Scream wasn’t a total waste of time, In fact, I personally loved that album, with “Part Of Me” as one of the singles, I was sold!

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“Part Of Me” video shot

It’s quite a coincident that the “Part Of Me” video has a similar setting as the other two videos I’ve mentioned here… or maybe these artists lack originality… yes, no?

The song is basically about lust, the lyrics “I want the girl but I want a lot, might cross my mind but that’s where it stops” suggest this, as Cornell explains to an established lover that “I swear it never meant a thing, she was just a fling… There’s no other women who does it like you

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“Part Of Me” video shot

Commitment issues are also expressed in this number as Cornell sings “I want the girl, but not what she’s going through

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“Part Of Me” video shot

Though Cornell’s attempt to get into clubs didn’t get much commercial glory, “Nashville royalty”, The Kings Of Leon earned their 1st number one hit when “Sex On Fire” dominated various charts that very same year, but what is “Sex On Fire” really about?

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“Sex On Fire” video shot

Many have misinterpreted this Kings Of Leon hit as being about STDs, mostly because of the title, how the hell can sex be “On Fire” unless it’s burning (where ever that burn may be), well, at least that’s their logic… there’s more, some even sing the song as “you(in an elongated scream, this is correct though this time it is to suggest pain), your sex is on fire, and so were the warts to transpire…”

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“Sex On Fire” video shot

We’ve all misinterpreted or misheard lyrics at some point, yes some of it is intentional (we reword songs just to amuse ourselves, hell we spend hours online watching song parodies)though most of the time it sprouts from innocent mistakes.

When I first pondered about this subject, none other than Weird Al Yonkovic came to mind as he is known for his hit parodies, “Perform This Way”, “Constipated”, “Smells Like Nirvana” just to name a few…

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“Tonight” video shot

Continuing with our night out vibes, “Tonight” by FUN. is clearly about letting loose and of course, being young and wild, as they sing about setting the world on fire, it all seems jolly ’til you start paying attention to the verses, “I  know I gave it to you months ago, I know you’re trying to forget, but between the drinks and subtle things, the holes in my apologies… Now I know that I’m not all that you got
What is “It” that he gave his significant other? an STD? yes? maybe? no?
I honestly wouldn’t be surprised after all that burning and carrying each other home, but, that’s just me.
The song is still currently the last rock song to make it to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100… rockers better start writing songs about treatment, we need another Hot 100 #1!

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“Tonight” video shot

The line “An earthquake to a girls guitar, that’s just another good vibration” in Californication by The Red Hot Chili Peppers always reminds me of how we are all aware of the “natural disasters” of this world, yet sisters still don’t take the initiative to protect themselves, well, most of them don’t, instead they rely on brothers to take care of that admin. If the male doesn’t, well, as the song goes, that’s just another good vibration, they’ll deal with everything else later.

Yes, We’re in this together, but women, BE the captains of your own journeys, advocate your own safety, take care of yourselves, invest in your own protection supplies.

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“They play it safe
are quick to assassinate what they do not understand
They move in packs
Ingesting more and more fear with every act of hate on one another
They feel most comfortable in groups
less guilt to swallow
They are us
This is what we have become
Afraid to respect the individual
A single person within a circumstance can move to change
To love herself
To evolve”

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“Window Seat” video shot

Spoken by Erykah Badu at the end of her “Window Seat” video, these words are directed to females, to help empower them, though in a broader spectrum, these words are to call each and every one of us out as humans.
They provoke us to step away from The Mass Mentality Of Conformity, they encourage us to strip away the very shells that hinder our growth, our evolution as individuals. They remind us of our freedom, it’s beauty and how it is constantly haunted by our monkey sees, monkey do tendencies, yes, I’m talking about that alone together dance. Conformity.

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Erykah Badu stripping down in “Window Seat” video

Women… where do I start?
Yes, In Roctressess I did emphasis my profound respect for women, what I did not mention is how I secretly fear them.
Nurtures?, yes they are, though I feel that the above “Window Seat” poem describes women perfectly. Firstly, they move in packs(this is also one of the reason I fear them, for someone who walks alone, I’m always out numbered). As a pack, they are quick to assassinate what they do not understand, us men being from Mars and them being from Venus means we’re somewhat “strange” which means we’re always the first to be assassinated, hence we hear ladies passing on comments such as “All men are dogs” etc.

We are not your enemies, yes, you may have had bad experiences with us men in the past, We also have bad experiences with the opposite sex though it’s always important to see each person as an individual and not to burden one with mistakes they know nothing about. I talked about this in Living Vision.

I’ll play the macho man and pretend that I or we can handle being disregarded by women for being members of the opposite sex. What really concerns me is when women are against each other. The first time I ever heard of “PHD(Pull Her Down) Syndrome” was from a lady… it’s alive and kicking, “Ingesting more and more fear with every act of hate on one another”

“This is how I show my love
I made it in my mind because
I blame it on my A.D.D baby
This is how an angel dies
I blame it on my own supply
Blame it on my A.D.D baby”

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Women abuse is an issue talking alone can’t eradicate. Recently covered by the great Macy Gray “Sail” by Awolnation talks the same tongue “We Found Love” by Rihanna ft Calvin Harris and “Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem ft Rihanna speaks.
They each speak of a situation where the female protagonist is enduring an abusive relationship, though love seems to be alive, violent passion viciously strangles all hopes of a happy ending… til’ the abused finally realises that she is the captain of her own ship, til’ she finds it within herself to “sail”, to move on… realistically, this is the most effective way to decline women abuse.

Sisters, mothers, daughters… if they’re leaving marks on you, emotionally, physically or otherwise… go on, SAIL.

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“Roar” video shot

“A single person within a circumstance can move to change, To love herself, To evolve”


Rocktressess (Chicks And Dudes, Who You Think Is Really Kickin’ Tunes?)

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Growing up, the word “Rock-star” would paint a picture of a long-haired, sweaty popular rock musician on stage performing for adoring fans. Years later, though the sentiment is still alive, the picture has morphed into a more ambiguous image.

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So many artists have successfully redefined the term “Rock-star”… well, as far as their target audience is concerned, yes, they have.

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Not so long ago I read a certain blog post that talked about how being “different” is the new common… without going into depth about what that means, I’ll just be like everyone else and attempt to express my  “different” view of things.
How I see it, being a rock-star isn’t just about long hair, guitar smashing and tattoos, it’s about making it work, regardless of genre or ability to sing.

Anthony Kiedis once said every true artist is at war with the world, there’s a thousand ways to look at this statement though I think everyone is an artist in their own right as we’ve all felt misunderstood at least a million times in our lives. Being a “true” artist means that this feeling is heightened not only by a thousand but to a degree that the “true artist” may actually be seen as “weird” by many, to endure that psychological battle and manage to step out of ones shell and onto the stage and have numbers cheer for you… that’s what I call “Making it work”… better yet, I call that rocking! Being a rock-star.

“You’re a rockstar. A statement made following a success that is not measured by what one accomplishes, but by the opposition they have encountered, and the courage with which one has maintained the struggle against the overwhelming odds”

Here’s to the real rock star in our lives, yes ladies, I’m talking about you. Having had a life where I found myself having to grow up as the only boy surrounded by 5 females from 3 different generations, I’ve always had a profound respect for women. Living in a notoriously dodgy neighbourhood, every time I got myself into a fight or perhaps in a situation where I was being bullied, I had my gran, aunt, mother and two older female cousins to run back to.
Of course they didn’t always take matters into their own hands though they never failed to make my young self feel safe. With break ins, where my aunt was at one point held at gun point, it was apparent that people did take advantage of our seemingly “vulnerable” family, though we always pulled through. As a kid, I never felt the effects of such events as the great ladies I was blessed with made sure of it.

To celebrate the 8th month of the year (women’s month), I will in no particular order pay homage to 8 strong, beautiful women who have not only made it work in the music industry, but for years have firmly stood in front of the world as front-ladies of their respected bands, ladies whom have broken the stereotype of bands being man-fronted… here goes.

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Courtney Love

From fronting Hole, to being the queen of grunge to helping Fall Out Boy save rock n roll, one can never guess that the oh so provocative Courtney Love once “didn’t have a lot of social skills”

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Courtney Love

“I didn’t ask to be hated, I just don’t mind being a b****”- Courtney Love

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Amy Lee

From being the American chairperson for the international epilepsy awareness foundation, to being named the #1 Hottest Chick in Hard Rock by Revolver Mag for their 2011 annual issue (whilst still keeping all her clothes on throughout her career) and of course being the lead singer of Evanescenes… this rock-star is unstopable

“You don’t have to be half-naked to be successful. Just be talented.”- Amy Lee

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Brenda Fassie

From being the youngest of nine kids and named after American singer Brenda Lee, this South African anti-apartheid Afropop icon sang and performed her way to the top. propelled by her success as the lead singer of Brenda and The Big Dudes, she branched off as a solo artist and was refered to as Madonna of The Townships by Time magazine.
Yes Brenda did an amazing job fronting The Big Dudes, but she showed us what women can do as a unit when she joined forces with Joy.
“Paradise Road” spent 9 weeks at number one and today remains South African gold! honestly, who could forget that number?

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Joy

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Hayley Williams

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Hayley Williams

Signed at the tender age of 14 for a two-year production deal Hayley Williams would later as the front-lady of Paramore release their debut album at the age of 16. A lot of you may know her from the 2010 chart topper, “Airplanes” by B.O.B and of course “Stay The Night” by Zedd

“I believe music is a place every one of us can go to. I don’t care who you are, where you were born, what you do with your life. Everyone can come here in music and be equal”- Hayley Williams

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Linda Perry

Having a hand in the women empowering hit “Superwoman” by Alicia Keys is amazingly the last reason why I feel Linda Perry deserves a spot in this post. Aside from fronting 4 Non Blondes, Linda Perry has founded two record labels, mentored the likes of Christina Aguilera (whom she wrote the Grammy nominated “beautiful” for), P!nk and still found time to discover James Blunt.

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Lauryn Hill

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Singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, actress, The Fugees former front-lady has sold millions of records, won numerous awards as a solo artist and otherwise… need I say more?

“The only way to know is to Live, Learn and Grow”- Lauryn Hill

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Stevie Nicks

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Stevie Nicks

Deemed “The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll” and one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone, Stevie Nicks has earned 5 Grammy Awards as a Fleetwood Mac band mate and a further 8 as a solo artist. Her 1st album with Fleetwook Mac is said to be the sixth biggest selling studio album of all time… She’s number than gold.

Okay, I’ll admit it, I had a very long argument with myself trying to figure out if I was sure the next artist should ever be mentioned in the same post as the above women, this argument was brought to life by her “Sex Sells” antics and the world not being sure if she has ever written a song on her own… you guessed it.

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Beyonce

Yep, I’ve decided  to go against my better judgement and throw her in… Fergie could have been a good substitute? I don’t know.
We could all debate about Beyonce for… well, the rest of our lives, though the mark she has left is alive and kicking, We got to know her as Destiny’s Child front-lady. Today… without mentioning any of her accomplishments, I can safely say that anyone and everyone knows who she is… “The King”… I still don’t know how that came about.

“I don’t have to prove anything to anyone, I only have to follow my heart and concentrate on what I want to say to the world. I run my world”- Beyonce


The Mass Mentality Of Conformity

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Everyone wants to belong, no one wants to miss the bandwagon, no one wants to be the odd one out, at least not for the wrong reasons, but what are the wrong reasons?
Who cares?
Neither do I.
Yes, that’s the new black in this modern culture.
We are ruled by the “herd mentality”.
Why should I care if the next person doesn’t?
Crowd behaviour is heavily influenced by the loss of responsibility of the individual & the impression of universality of behavior, both of which increases with the size of the crowd.

“Pay my respects to grace and virtue
Send my condolences to good
Give my regards to soul and romance
They always did the best they could
And so long to devotion
He taught me everything I know
Wave goodbye
Wish me well
Cut the cord”

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Voted Best Song of 2008 by the readers of Rolling Stone, “Human” by The Killers got a lot of us confused, well at least the line “Are we human, or are we dancer” did as there was a huge debate about its grammar and true meaning.
The lyrics were inspired by a disparaging comment made by Hunter S. Thompson, where he stated America was raising “A generation of dancers”. Known for his iconoclastic nature, this is just one of his many tongue in cheek statements.

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For now, lets all agree that “Human” is in fact about how we’re either “human”, individuals dancing to our own drums or dancer(s), dancing along to a dance choreographed by society.

Who leads the crowd?. Confidence exuded by those who think they know the way of course.

 

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They say confidence is everything, I say timing is everything.
Confidence is an illusion risen from believing in one’s self, ones ideas, dreams or plans
but what is this “believing in self’ based on anyway?
Confidence is an essential leadership quality as people look to be convinced.
Yes, we might not admit it, but we barely ever follow our own minds or views, at least as far as “what’s right, what’s in or what’s cool” is concerned… here’s why.
Self is a complex system made up primarily of the concept of membership or non-membership in various social groups.
These groups have various moral & behavioral values & norms & the individual’s actions depend on which group membership is most personally salient at the time of action keeping in mind that being salient itself is fueled by confidence.
Yep, now you know how that sale’s person got you to buy an orange goat’s knee for half your salary… What’s that? it was scarlet? alrightie then.

But what does this have to do with music?
Hip Hop is without a doubt the most commercially dominant genre right now and it has been for a while.
As it injects apathy into our souls, we sinfully bob our heads to the beat.
No, that’s not where I’m going with this.
The pure heart of hip hop is composed of rap.
Rap lives off assurance, confidence and spins on that I’m right and any disputers are whack kind of tip.
It’s that very energy that draws the listener, as the listener falls in love with the bravado exuded by the artist, seemingly, the artist can’t do anything wrong, making the rap artist somewhat salient hence thee person to follow, so we follow… we buy in.

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Unfortunately up and coming artists also buy into the cheese of the season with hopes to reach similar success.
This is why so many young, talented artists struggle to surface, to make it, it’s because of the herd mentality. If one successful artist raps about “bumping the cheese up” they follow, yes, though the talent is alive, originality isn’t, neither is individuality. As consumers, another bottle of the same wine doesn’t quite excite, a lot of “different”, “weird” and “provocative” artists understand this.

“The sky is full of dreams, but you don’t know how to fly”

As I touch on the fact that sampling has been and always will be the lifeline of rap/hip hop music as its culture has revolved around the idea of updating classic recordings, attitudes and experiences for modern audiences, hip hop has intertwined with a variety of other genres over the years
making it hard to shelf genres and sub-genres.

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So we’ve discussed how all these artists brainwash the listener with their “I know cool” mentality, but it takes a spectacular artist to make a social statement without making someone with a different view feel inferior or perhaps not “cool” enough to understand or keep the “vibe” alive.
Listening to “Glory & Gore” by Lorde, I heard how she mentions that she never thinks about death
…then she quickly follows with the words “…It’s okay if you do, it’s fine”.
Her music may be seen as pop rock though traces of hip hop are undeniable, especially the spoken word (“rap”) elements she adds.

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“I was born in ’72… back then what rapping meant, basically, was you trying to convey something-you’re trying to convince somebody” – Del the Funky Homosapien

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“Can’t Stop” music video shot

I’d like to close this post off with “Can’t Stop” by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, yes I’ve mentioned this song in a previous post. I guess I just can’t stop writing about it, ha-ha!

With the lyrics, “The world I love, The tears I’ve dropped to be part of the wave, Can’t stop” this song talks about the struggles of trying to be a part of “Something” in spite of your self or truth. With highly cryptic lyrics The Peppers are known for, the predominant theme of this number is cultivating an inner, personal energy. Yes, the song encourages the listener to live with passion and individuality, something we sadly know nothing about.

Are you human?… Are you walking your own path? In the words of The Killers, Let me know, Is your heart still beating? #Done

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Living Vision

“If there’s one thing that I know, this is my playground, this is where I was told, I could grow old, and if there’s one thing that I’ll say, life is a journey we’re all steering it slowly in our own way… and if there’s one thing that I’m sure, nothing comes easy, nothing can belong to no one, no, not anymore”

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Tinarie Van Wyk as Marilyn Monroe in Goodluck’s “Stars In My Eyes” video

Directed by Kyle Lewis from Dirty Soul Productions, Goodluck’s  “Stars In My Eyes” video pays homage to the last 72 hours of  legendary female icon, Marilyn Monroe.

Though Monroe embodied the stereotypical persona of the “dumb blonde” she was no dummy, some (like myself) may argue that it’s her “vision like a child” that may have brought her across that way as she was in fact a complex woman who was intellectually curious and poetic.

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This day 52 years ago Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home with her hand on the phone… her death has since become one of the most debated conspiracy theories of all time.

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“I got stars in my eyes, and the whole world rose up to meet me, with a vision like a child, Yeah, I got stars in my eyes, and the whole world was spinning slowly, cos they can’t keep up with me, me and my mind, me and my mind, me and this mind”- Goodluck

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I’ve always believed that a vision like a child is what encourages us to keep growing, cos with a vision of a grown up, you are blinded, no, not as a side effect of old age, in fact, this blindness is not at all physical, but you’re blinded by the illusion of having seen it all.

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“If She was any dumber, she would’ve been happier”

A vision of a seen-it-all is the root to all stereotypes as well as racism, xenophobia and company. You start to group and shelf people, depriving any other individual the ability to be uniquely themselves… but a part of a community or a “kind” that doesn’t deserve your time or respect ’cause you know them oh so well and all the bad they’re about… but do you really?
In essence, a vision of a know-it-all drags you into a world of monotony as you categorize people into plain good or bad rather than exposing yourself to the wonderful dynamics of an individual that makes them more than just a name, but a living, breathing being whom at any point may grow… learn… adapt.

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Having won a Grammy Award for record of the year, it’s no wonder “Clocks” by Coldplay has been sampled as many times as it has. With cryptic lyrics, the song’s title metaphorically alludes to pushing one to wonder about the world’s obsession with time.
Time is all we have, life is all we have, wait, did I just contradict myself there? okay, maybe we have more than just one of the two but we only have as much life as we do time and if time is money then with each passing second, we’re one second closer to deathbankruptcy (Yes, I just made that word up)… well that’s the worst way of looking at it.
What I’m saying is, don’t spend that tic or toc knowing it all but trying to learn it all.

“Life is about getting closer and closer to a goal of perfection you’ll never get to”

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Don’t know about you, but I, myself am mortal which is weird because a song titled “The Immortals” is one of those songs I not only relate to, but live by. Assuming that a child already bares a “vision like a child”, expecting the best from the world, how does one prepare them for this tremulous journey we call life?
Written by The King Of Leon, “The Immortals” has lyrics that Kings Of Leon front-man, Caleb would want to say to his kids, words that may perhaps help immortalize a “vision like a child” to one’s soul.

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The idea of man not being able to resist the forbidden fruit of knowledge is still in play, not only is it in play but it is also a figurative implications for people who know it all (or at least think they do) having eaten the forbidden fruit of knowledge.
This in essence tells us of the impurities of being a Messiah complex, a God complex or anything other than a child of a greater power.

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But what does this all mean?
Being a child of God means you still possess the ability to know, to grow, to feed off the wonders of the world through your unknowing “vision like a child”.

Yes, we can’t go around trusting everyone, though it’s very  important to see each being as an individual being and not to let them carry the mistakes of a person they may remind us of due to their race, gender, skin colour, shape of their chin, hair, voice etc. Likewise, some of our dreams may break along the road, this shouldn’t be a reason for us to stop dreaming and giving each new dream the same enthusiasm and dedication as we would if we had never met failure.

Dream, open your eyes, get up, live, love… once you’ve had enough, carry on.

“So you hum the words and sing the tune of a lonely symphony as the fumes of a decomposing heart make love to the ghost of what once was a colourful ending”


Kiedis Climbs Off The Ladder

 

“I went to a school that integrated deaf and mentally retarded kids, and I was sort of the self-appointed defender of these kids. I always got expelled for getting in fights with kids who’d torment the handicapped kids. And my mother was always OK with it. It was important to know somebody would stand behind me for doing what I believed in.”

If I do say so myself, my last post had a very interesting title, though a rip off, yes it does have an original meaning, in fact it has more than one meaning, the most important being, people climb the ladder to reach heights they wouldn’t normally reach, one may say a ladder is used to get one “high”, drugs get people high and “Sammi Needs A Ladder” was basically about drugs and the struggles of an addict so it was fitting… That doesn’t make sense, does it? lmao, forget it.

Though I mentioned how near impossible it is to quit our dark habits, it is possible.
There’s nothing as magnificent as our ability to rise up from our hardest falls, our ability to reblossom, to go on (There’s a peculiar thing that happens every time you get clean. You go through this sensation of rebirth – Kiedis), provided we allow time along with patience to guide us through.

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“Give It Away” video shot

After losing a friend/band mate in the year 1988 to a drug overdose, Kiedis later found it in himself to escape the hell pit of drugs and alcohol. With his newly found sobriety he wanted to pass it on to anyone and everyone he possibly could. Inspired by the selflessness and altruistic behavior his former girlfriend Nina Hagen had shared with him, Kiedis wrote “Give It Away”, this song would soon be the lead single of their Blood, Sugar, Sex Magik album, initially turned down by various radio stations, “Give It Away” not only inspires selflessness but the courage to perceiver against all odds as it not only went on to win a Grammy but is one of the greatest rap rock songs of all time(despite it being turned down by  radio stations for not having a melody). Sampled by Busta Rhymes in 2001 it’s only a matter of time before someone covers or samples this golden hit once more.

“It was such an epiphany that someone would want to give me her favourite thing. That stuck with me forever. Every time I’d be thinking ‘I have to keep’, I’d remember ‘No, you gotta give away instead.’ When I started going regularly to (drug and alcohol) meetings, one of my principles I had learned was that the way to maintain your own sobriety is to give it to another suffering alcoholic. Every time you empty your vessel of that energy, fresh new energy comes flooding in.”- Kiedis

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“Give It Away” video shot

I’m lucky enough to have been exposed to Red Hot Chili Peppers music for as long as I can remember, as a result of “Give It Away” being released weeks before my birth, I can’t remember the first time I heard it, Yes, A lot if not all of their music is tagged with an advisory sign because of the sexual content their music contains… Don’t know what the people around me think, but I’d say I turned out okay, and hell yes I’d expose my kids to The Red Hot Chili Peppers if I had any and here’s just one of the reasons why…

“I was toy shopping in New York right before Christmas, and this little girl was tugging on her mom’s coat, pointing at me and going, “That’s him, that’s him.” And her mom came running over and said, “Oh, I’ve just got to thank you, you’ve made my life so much easier.” She said the only way she could get her little girl dressed in the morning was to play our record and sing to her: “Gimme an arm, gimme an arm, gimme an arm now.” And she puts her arm in the shirt, and then it’s “Gimme your leg, gimme your leg, gimme your leg now.” That happens a lot, with kids literally from the age of 1. And to me, the appreciation of a child is the ultimate compliment.”- Kiedis

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Twelve years after “Give It Away” was released, “Can’t Stop” was released, A rap rock number that talks about not being able to stop… ha-ha, In the song, Kiedis warns about drugs, that once you start you can’t stop. He advises the listener to “Choose NOT a life of imitation”, as imitation may be the cause of the rising numbers of drug users, it can also be seen as a line that plainly tells us not to choose the life of (being under the influence of drugs) Imitation. In the song he also sing the words “Don’t die you know the truth is some do”
A significant line as we all know the cruel truth and effects of drugs.

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“Can’t Stop” lyrics tattoo

I could go on and on about each line of this song, but a line that I  really like is one that encourages us to take charge of our lives, a line that helps us realize that we are what we allow ourselves to be, we are what we believe ourselves to be… It reminds us of the power of wonder and possibility.

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“I’ve wanted to feel pleasure to the point of insanity. They call it getting high, because it’s wanting to know that higher level, that Godlike level. You want to touch the heavens, you want to feel glory and euphoria, but the trick is it takes work. You can’t buy it, you can’t get it on a street corner, you can’t steal it or inject it or shove it up your ass, you have to earn it.”