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Satan Loves A Bomb Scare (Freedom Is The Rhythm)

“I’m in awe of the universe, but I don’t necessarily believe there’s an intelligence or agent behind it. I do have a passion for the visual in religious rituals, though, even though they may be completely empty and bereft of substance. The incense is powerful and provocative, whether Buddhist or Catholic.”- David Bowie

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Find something to believe in and stick to it. I’m Kidding, question it til your last breath, at least that’s what I’ve been doing, (minus the last breath… I’m still breathing… I think), it’s what I see as the window to growth, the door to growth. In a strange way, I wouldn’t be fully living to that mantra if I didn’t question it. See where I’m going with this? Nowhere. Come along anyway.

Being a kid in a Christian/traditional, Zulu household, I was told, no, lets say I was taught to believe in God, simultaneously I was fed traditional ways and rituals and their importance in my existence. Having this wandering mind, I’ve always struggled to link the two or to find them complementary to each other.

Though I can never truly know for sure that the certain song I’m about to mention and the lyrics in it were meant to be received by how my younger teenage self received them. Listening to Another Universe didn’t at all feel like I was listening to another universe, Ironically, it felt like I was listening to lines about home, where I come from, my roots, what I think and how I freely view or see them and my impending judgement on them. Lines that in a playful sense juxtapose traditions that date way back, with modern doings: A juvenile view of our traditions.”Sharp is the knife and alive is the night, I’m gonna slit the throat of the holy goat, ceremony to the UFO and SMS ’em where we wanna go”

It’s crazy how so many humans die and how many wars start because of our cultural and religious views and their differences. Yes, it’s important to find something to believe in, something to rely on, it’s also our responsibility to keep an open mind, to allow other humans, our fellow brothers and sisters the freedom to explore their views, their religion, their cultures… there’s a whole galaxy to explore, what we know or think we know might very well merely be a drop in the ocean.

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It might seem like it, but I haven’t forgotten that this is actually a music blog. Above I mentioned how important evolution is, how important growth is, to explore and question everything and to be honest, I’m not sure if my teenage heavy rock fan self would’ve fully appreciated Arno Carstens Lightning Prevails album, it’s a bit laydback for the ignorant crazy head I once was.

From a song on his solo debut to a song on his 2014 solo album (That was meant to be a collection of reworks but took a life of its own), “Rely On” like a few other numbers on Lightning Prevails is packed with talent, vocally and otherwise. I like how the backing vocals aren’t really in the background but are given a chance to come forth and shine. It all comes together beautifully but it’s the message of the song that I wanted to talk about here. We all need something to rely on, whether it’s a God, love or a loved one to keep us strong on our path, something to hold on to through life’s harsh winds. Took me a while to realize this, but I talk about love a lot on this blog, this is mostly because I believe in the quote; love is in the air, no seriously, love is everywhere, it’s all around us, we breathe it, it’s not as scarce or foreign as many brothers and sisters may make it out to be. Love is the easiest thing to find, to feel, to have, it’s building a lasting, healthy partnership, an understanding with someone else that is more of a challenge to us humans, it’s finding a connection one we can rely on.

To close this one off, I’m not as good with words as I’d like to think I am, though a wise man once said something to the effect of; If you chase two at the same time, you’re bound to lose both. With that, I’d say it’s very important for anyone to have the ability or to learn to prioritize, to maintain a focus through the Earthly winds to dedicating themselves to something that matters. Something they can rely on. The freedom to be.

 


Stripper From The South

 

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“Say my name and his in the same breath, I dare you to say they taste the same, Let the leaves fall off in the summer and let December glow in flames”

These one-sided or perhaps western (more correctly, Northern hemisphere) influenced lyrics written by Fall Out Boy are a lot like many other regionally influenced traditions the modern-day society follows. I’m talking about Christmas, Easters and more, but just to focus on the two I’ve mentioned, Christmas is themed around the Northern hemisphere climate or season so is Easter, Christmas in South Africa is usually hot as hell, if Santa came here, he’d mos definitely lose that hat and coat. As for Easter, unlike the brightly wrapped easter eggs and spring inspired marketing tactics, things here aren’t really all that bright and spring-y… We have Easter during autumn after all. Back to the song lyrics, our December actually DOES glow in flames, yeap, not a big deal. It happens all the time. Leaves falling off in the summer? well, that we can talk about, leaves not falling off during summer is something a bit more universal, much like having to deal with a heart you didn’t break or saying you Don’t Care when you actually do.

As I’ve dragged in how we sometimes find ourselves having to deal with hearts we didn’t break, with lyrics that open with the words; Say my name and his in the same breath, I dare you to say they taste the same, the protagonist is clearly trying to prove a point to his love interest, he is trying to convince her that he is not her ex or the boy whom broke her heart, that he shouldn’t have to pay for his sins.

“I Don’t Care” may be know as the lead single that lead to Fall Out Boy’s four-year hiatus. After realizing a decline in sales and popularity, Sold Out Boy (or so they were called by disappointed fans and critics) had sold out to a new audience. When the band took time off to regroup and “find” themselves, it was evident that they in fact did care about making that dough and of course being liked by the buying audience.

“I don’t care what you think as long as it’s about me, The best of us can find happiness in misery”

Stepping away from the song entirely, saying I don’t care is one of the biggest most common lies told by man, or should I say the cool macho men and women who think they’ve got it all together. Personally one of the main things I’ve always felt separate me from the average cool human is that the average cool man spends way too much of their energy guarding their hearts. On the other hand, I’ve always felt more of a need to guard my mind instead. It’s most powerful. My heart keeps my body alive. My mind keeps Ndumiso alive. My heart will never change my body or how it is seen, though my mind can change who I am, my name, what it stands for and how it’s received. Only I am completely in charge of that.

What I’m saying is, the average cool human spends so much of his or her time going on about how they Don’t Care what other humans think. Meanwhile they’re sounding as emotional as BAD WORD and they don’t even see it. Honestly, I care what humans think, doesn’t mean I’m bothered by it. I own up to all good and bad thought of me, it’s all me, I’m not ashamed. Of course if there was something to be ashamed of, I’d try to block it out and pretend not to care at all. Makes sense? Well, maybe it wasn’t meant to.