A Hundred Million Cold Hearts

21 Guns video shot

21 Guns video shot

Love, Yes love
They say love is God, or is it God is love?
Wording is almost as imperfect as the bare notion of what we think love is. They say it’s cursed by monogamy, they say it is birthed with hate.
Without hate, would it exist?
Without fate does the clock know which motion to take as it waves goodbye to us mere mortals?
As the tic tickles the toc, we die trying to figure out why we’re all here.

There’s a wild wind blowing down the corner of my street
Every night there the headlights are glowing
There’s a cold war coming on the radio I heard
Baby it’s a violent world
Oh love don’t let me go…”

There’s a cold war coming, and it is us
It’s the conflicts we architect amongst ourselves
With family, best friends forever. We’re bound to feel attacked by everyone around us at some point somehow.
Baby, It’s a violent world
One that everyone yearns for a true companion to face the bombs with, to make an eternal bond with, a bond only time can break when we realize that the companion we’ve created such an intimate bond with is just as human as the world you’re fighting against.
Depending on the strength of the bond, one may decide to break off and attempt fighting the cold war alone.

Do you know what’s worth fighting for?
When it’s not worth dying for?
Does it take your breath away
And you feel yourself suffocating?
Does the pain weigh out the pride?
And you look for a place to hide
Did someone break your heart
Inside you’re in ruins”

21 Guns video shot

21 Guns video shot

Released as  GreenDay’s 2nd single from their eighth album 21st Century Breakdown “21  Guns”  Urges you and I to find something to believe in, something worth suffering for till’ the end… this being either a God or love.

21 Guns video shot

21 Guns video shot


21 Guns video shot

21 Guns video shot

Though I see it differently, the music video for this number is said to revolve around a couple that is hiding in a deserted room after robbing a bank, as the video progresses, bullets fly through the wall and somewhere along the line, the couple passionately starts kissing. How I see it, the video is a demonstration of the relationships we have with people closest to us. (ahead of bullets flying through the wall, the couple seems distance  and somewhat unsettled.) Being human means that we will have days when we aren’t so sure about our companions. (As the many bullets shoot in from outside, the couple moves closer to each other and embrace a kiss together.) Upon realizing the darkness, the coldness that looms around the world, we realize the significance of what we have with our imperfect€-perfect companion. So we hold on.

21 Guns video shot

21 Guns video shot

“Love is the strangest feeling

Oh you won’t get enough

But it won’t last forever

’til its gotten pretty rough”

“Build It Up” is a number by South African Pop/Rock band monArk, The song shot up the charts on various major radio stations, including 5FM, Jacaranda, Highveld Stereo and KFM. It defunks the perfect  mass  perception or idea of love, not with the aim to cancel valentines day but with an approach that reminds the listener of the challenges love comes with, an approach that helps us understand that one has to give a little more of their soul than commonly demonstrated (by Hollywood) to make it work.

Build It Up video shot

Build It Up video shot

“Now let your heart believe in

In what you’re living for

No winning if you never

Find a something you adore”

There are a hundred million cold hearts out there, not everyone is gonna understand/get your soul or your fire.
It takes a super human to find a beauty within the cathedrals of another’s heart, though that super human doesn’t possess actual super powers they do possess the compatibility to be one’s companion through this cold war we call life. Shout out to all the super girls €and boys we may have in our lives, not for being perfect but for allowing us not to be perfect.
I find that those that expect us to be perfect or perhaps expect us to (yet) impress, are the ones that are least worth impressing. On the other hand those that are already impressed by us and our souls are the ones that are worth impressing… Those are the humans that inspire and encourage us to give a little more, to be better.

Build It Up video shot

Build It Up video shot


About Ndumiso Mncwabe

When beautiful melodies tell us horrible things and grisly sounds tell us the kind truth. This is where life and music meet. They say music has the power to inspire change, I say music has the power to inspire vibes. Good vibes and bad vibes. It also has the power to inspire thoughts, but most importantly, for it to inspire change, it must inspire conversation. I smell music, I speak music. View all posts by Ndumiso Mncwabe

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