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The Sound Of A Breaking Heart

This Music Smells Like The Sound Of A Breaking Heart

“Every line is plotted and designed to leave you standing on your bedroom windows ledge and everyone else that it hits, that it gets to is nothing more than collateral damage”


Kiedis of The Red Hot Chili Peppers once said, as a writer, you get to see sides of yourself you wouldn’t normally see in conversation or otherwise. I say there’s more to that, I say it’s not the actual writing that gives us such perspective but our love for it, our passion, the same passion that choked the flower ’til it cried no more, possessing all of its beauty, hungry still for more… okay, I kind of got carried away there… what an amazing force this is… this love… turns saints into murderers.


“We’re going down, down in an earlier round and sugar we’re going down swinging, I’ll be your number one with a bullet, a loaded God complex, cock it and pull it”

People die for love everyday, people kill for love everyday, the same love we spend so much time and effort trying to pursue.

Taken from Fall Out Boy chart topper “Sugar, We’re Going Down”, the above lyrics are plotted and designed to take the listener wherever their heart already resides. This of course equates to the true meaning of this tune being highly debatable. How I see it, this number could easily be about love murder as the seemingly upset yet sarcastic protagonist watches (from the closet) as his love interest gets intimate with another man, “wishing to be the friction” in their jeans as he contemplates pulling the trigger.


They say money doesn’t/can’t buy happiness, but everyone wants to find this out themselves, same goes for love, yes, love isn’t happiness though it inspires it, it inspires us to give various elements that love alone can’t do without, this being honesty, care and all of their friends.

Curious and cautious in a stagger of my hearts track, How vast the world was, by the light of lime we gather, inflamed like moths to a fire”

Written by South African rockers aKing, these words basically narrate a rout we’ve all taken at some point, fueled by curiosity we cautiously explore, steady walking but bound to trip we tighten our grip, holding on to this fairytale coloured picture, bright colours so darkly shaded, inevitably the grip gets so violent we tear each other apart. Words are said, actions are done, no taking it back, death is the closest friend to a fresh start.



Hang On A Rope Or Baited Breath, Whichever You Prefer

From day one I talked about getting out, but not forgetting about how my worst fears are letting out, he said, why put a new address on the same old loneliness, when breathing just passes the time, until we all just get old and die”- Fall Out Boy in “Get Busy Living Or Get Busy Dying”

An eye for an eye. A common saying I never lived by, well, maybe I have lived by it, though not in a sense that encourages us to take matters into our own hands.
When we hear this saying, we tend to receive it as a retribution or revenge war cry to shoot the offender down.
What this saying means to me can be iterated in a more scientific way as the laws of science do confirm that for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction.

“The Mother We Share” by Chvrches is an electronic synthpop number released as Chvrches debut single from their album “The Bones Of What You Believe” I’ve heard a handful of interpretations of this song, some believe it’s about incest, some say it’s about a sibling rivalry, the list goes on, but what I want to focus on right now is the title itself. “The Mother We Share” could easily be Mother Earth and God… well, either or.


Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches

“And the mother we share will never keep our cold hearts from calling”- Chvrches

This particular line alone rounds up the whole message I’m trying to send out through this post.
Life is a movie and we are the stars. Like our past, the road ahead is in no way paved with monotonous particles, if that was the case then we’d all slide down to hell, a smooth sailing, no, I mean a smooth surface can never inspire growth, it being flat means there’s nothing to hold on to, to grab as you climb, pulling up your body weight, to keep the mind awake… alive.
Yes, we’ve heard it a million times, life is short. As we’ll all have good days and bad days, we should never waste our time or divert our efforts to “getting back at someone”, that’s what karma is for… It’s only a matter of time before the person you wish to get back sleeps in that bed they made… “And the mother we share will never keep your proud head from falling”

Looking at the album title (The Bones Of What You Believe) we are once again reminded of how this tremulous journey we call life has the power not only to change us but to kill our dreams, likewise, the things we believe in.

“Never let insecurity and scars of failure/rejection seep into who you are & deviously attempt to rewrite your story or repaint your portrait”- Candice Mncwabe


“He’s a stranger to some
And a vision to none
He can never get enough,
Get enough of the one

For a fortune he’d quit
But it’s hard to admit
How it ends and begins
On his face is a map of the world
(A map of the world)
On his face is a map of the world
(A map of the world)”– 30 Seconds To Mars

This one is for those brothers and sisters who give a little more to make sure that scars of any sort don’t change who they are, I’m talking about the brothers and sisters who refuse to let the hardships of the world ink or leave their prints and or marks on their faces.

“Trouble world, trouble child
Trouble times destroyed my smile
No change of heart, no change of mind
You can take what’s yours
But you gon’ leave what’s mine”- The Dream in “40 Acres” by Pusha T


Trace my face while it’s a happy face
When my smile fades I wanna remember this day
Passion killed by the comfort of time
I’m sorry if this makes you cry, but I have to speak my mind
Suck the colours from my eyes
When they lose their sparkle and forget to shine
Remember all the times you turned me down
I’m sorry if this hurts your heart but where’s the spark, from the start?
Don’t stop, don’t stop
Nothing lasts forever soon we will be sober
So let’s laugh, talk, tickle and taste till the stars fall down

-The Parlotones

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

Gray Noise

It’s that time of the year again.
The birds are humming the bees are buzzing… well, it’s Spring Day in South Africa
What’s new? definitely not Spring or any of the four seasons for that matter.

“Perfect skies are blue and strange, just to think of what has been arranged
And a bloom of flowers here
But my boots are still too tight
Standing here day by day
All I want to say, all I want to say, all I want to say
Is I think I know what’s wrong with me now”

The Springbok Nude Girls rocking the crowd

The Springbok Nude Girls rocking the crowd

Something spectacular happened in South Africa 20 years ago… Freedom, yes, but what I’m about to talk about right here is our first post-apartheid rock band… Yeap, You guessed it…
Lead by Arno Carstens, The Springbok Nude Girls were voted the Best South African rock band in a poll conducted by 5FM. As far as music is concerned, that’s the least of their achievements.


The Springbok Nude Girls on stage

Above I quoted lyrics from A Springbok Nude Girls classic, “Bubblegum On My Boots”. This number swings from being a shy-trumpet accompanied arm waving sing along tune to a full on rock n roll head banger.
The song seems to be about a big fish in a small pond, procrastination and all his friends.
It’s about a moment when one realises the  boundless-ness of  their potential and how they’ve allowed circumstances to keep them from going forward thus far.

What Arno Carstens has done with this number on his 2014 solo release Lightning Prevails is a treat to old and new fans… it’s something you have to hear for yourself.

Like every one else in this world, I’m convinced that I have the best taste in music, and as a person with a good ear for music (that I am), I dub Arno Carstens as one of the greatest rock stars of our time, I’m not basing this as just a fan but because as a musician, he proved that he isn’t The Springbok Nude Girls, that he could make it work with or without his band… I could name a few band leaders who’ve went solo without much success, but I wont.
When The Springbok Nude Girls went on an indefinite hiatus in 2001 not all was lost as two years later (In 2003) Arno Carstens went on to release one of the most anticipated solo projects in South African music history in the form of “Another Universe”, his debut solo album.
Becoming the biggest selling South African English rock album this side of the millennium, “Another Universe” did not only go platinum but won a SAMA for Best Rock Album the following year.

Black music?

Black music?

White music?

White music?

At the wake of my palate as sound was just like the others, no, I mean colour was just like the others, Yes, it was only later that I learned that music had colour, and when I did, it felt like I had been living my whole life in another universe, see what I did there? (What I’m trying to say is that I think classifying music as either white or black music is total rtyuihg)


“Another Universe” is another classic Arno Carstens reworked… this time, with the help of the legendary Johnny Clegg… This song alone deserves its own blogpost… watch this space.

It’s quite obvious that Arno Carstens is a force to recon with which is why I’m so excited to see him as one of the judges/mentors in X Factor SA starting this weekend on SABC1.

Lightning Prevails album art

Lightning Prevails album art

Lightning Prevails is out now! treat yourself.

“Lets play the mellow music slow, leave the car on the highway and go
Nobody needs to know another universe, Make a distance between us and them
Lonely, lonely, never us again”