Tag Archives: Selflessness

Sorry Kids, Santa Needs A Toilet Break

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I know that it’s 2014, well we’re nearing the end of it… I know, it’s scary! feels like 2013 was just yesterday, which is probably why I’m still talking about it.

Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons was without a doubt the biggest rock number of 2013, well at least as far as money-making is concerned.

The song like many other songs I feature here on Music Smells Like Noise carries a self motivational message, everyone needs motivation, everyone wants the best for themselves, everyone thinks the best of themselves, a murderer doesn’t see himself as a murderer but a man driven by circumstances to do what he had to do, a beggar doesn’t see himself as a beggar, a poor man doesn’t think of himself as a poor man but a man that’s temporarily struggling to make ends meet, our minds can’t take the heat, “All systems go, the sun hasn’t died, deep in my bones, straight from inside”, this is why so many humans commit suicide, when what we expect from ourselves is not met, we are bound to be burnt up by the fire inside.

“We’re painted red, to fit right in”

Christmas, oh Christmas, who the hell doesn’t love Christmas? we all don’t, though we dance to the tune of the season, for no reason, we feel the pressure to be jolly, no one want to be the Scrooge of the season. Posing as givers we give everything we can to those who already have, turning a blind eye to those who don’t. They can’t do anything for us, now can they?  Yes, we can’t all play Mother Teresa, though I think we should all understand the true meaning of selflessness, and not this fucked up notion of giving to receive… I mean, this not so nice habit of give those we know can give back to us. Being selfless goes beyond doing someone a favour but sacrificing something you want or perhaps need for someone else’s benefit whilst consciously knowing you can’t get it back in its form nor compensation wise.

Give It Away

 

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The Walking Death Of Long Posts

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Somebody once asked, “could I spare some change for gas I need to get myself away from this place”, I said yeap, what a concept, I could use a little fuel myself and we could all use a little change

So I’ve just used a verse from Smashmouth hit “Allstar” to suggest that we can all change for the better, but who am I to imply how inadequate the human race is? Who am I to hope that my words could perhaps shake things up? Well these words aren’t really mine, I may assemble and architect them to transfer or convey an idea, my idea of what it takes to build a better world but they’ve never saved anyone. Perhaps this is what we’re bound to become, Surely the body must reject the host to survive, the host being the steadily corrupting human consciousness. zombies We can go on and on about how money is the root to all evil, we can pretend not to care about it but the truth is we all need it. I’m a bit behind with the seasons but I’ve been watching The Walking Dead, if you haven’t seen the show, the name is pretty much self-explanatory. It’s yet another show based on a zombie apocalypse except they call them “walkers” instead of zombies. I’m mentioning this show here because I feel it’s one of the few shows being aired that gives us an idea of what a world where money has absolutely no value whatsoever, A world where man power, loyalty and love are everything, a world where killing is the difference between life and death, a world where a bullet can be a difference between being bitten and not being bitten and yes I am getting carried away as I always do. monark Monark’s “Smiling” music video is something the oh so cool kids would describe as “moist” and like any good piece of art, more than one story is likely to be built from it. In the video we see a not so healthy yet giving protagonist who has nothing materialistic to give. He stumbles on a character who seems to be in need of urgent medical attention and at that very moment the protagonist has to choose between keeping his oxygen tank and live another day or ditch his oxygen tank so he can carry the injured friend to the hospital… in turn giving the friend the gift of life, to live another day. Of course he chooses the latter. There are no in-between, this is how saturated the levels of either selfishness or selflessness are in The Walking Dead. it’s nothing like a billionaire giving away money just cos he knows he has some to spare, it’s the ultimate test of humanity, it’s risking your life for a total stranger, a fellow brother, a sister to live another day, you can never compare it to giving a stranger in need coins for them to eat another day. A perfectly wrapped present from santa is the lowest form of selflessness, so is love from cupid, a birth by a mother, money from a billionaire. Giving up what you need for the benefit of another, now that’s the motion that will forever keeps us together. films25


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.”