Made for This - Elorah

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Made for This - Elorah

We jellyfish were made for eating little fishes. That's what we dream about. Though we aren't really capable of dreaming or spiritual experience in the sense that you might understand, we do have desires…

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Karma - Deep Watters & Mika Lett

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Karma - Deep Watters & Mika Lett

We all make mistakes in life. Even us jellyfish. Sometimes our mistakes end up hurting or inconveniencing others. We make a thoughtless move that feels like it's in our favor but has consequences that come back on us. Our little ill-gotten gains become catastrophic losses. Some call this karma…

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The Signifying Monkey - Johnny Otis feat. Shuggie Otis

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The Signifying Monkey - Johnny Otis feat. Shuggie Otis

The way of the jellyfish is simplicity.  We jellyfish aren't capable of double-talk and trickery. We are easy to read and easy to avoid if you're looking out.  

Some creatures (and even more humans) are clever and can talk circles around you, perhaps insulting you right to your face, with you none the wiser…

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GT40 - Lindsay Lowend

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GT40 - Lindsay Lowend

It's been a strange week for this jellyfish.  I had to swim very far out of my usual feeding zones to find the right sort of fish and was unable to rest satisfactorily.  This in turn led to some very disturbing jellyfish dreams…

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Ahmad's Blues - Ahmad Jamal

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Ahmad's Blues - Ahmad Jamal

We jellyfish are nothing if not efficient.  Our unique swimming style uses a bare minimum of energy.  We eat and excrete from the same orifice.  We aren't burdened with cumbersome and pesky brains to carry around and constantly harass us with grief and worry…

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Strike Gently - Big Inf

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Strike Gently - Big Inf

We jellyfish aren't known for our agility or finesse as predators.  We move quickly, but don't pounce or hit hard when we feed on little fishes.  We don't need to chase you to deliver a deadly sting either.  We just float by and brush up on you, and it's game over.  If you're a small sea creature, you might just find yourself sucked in to a jellyfish belly while you swim.  Never saw it coming…

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Flute Loop (feat. Ouici) - Keys N Krates

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Flute Loop (feat. Ouici) - Keys N Krates

Jellyfish go through 4 distinct phases of life to complete our "life cycle." We start as a larva, then develop into a polyp, sometimes forming colonies and sharing a stomach with our little brothers and sisters. We each break free eventually as an ephyra and then develop into an adult medusa.  

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Operation Zero - Dr. Octagon

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Operation Zero - Dr. Octagon

Operation Zero - the jellyfish moves closer.  He's not your friend, but goes where he goes.  Learn what he knows and find moosebumps on your earlobes.  Feel the sting on your chest as the shapeless menace manifests.  Tentacles reaching forever and far flung.  Nobody likes to get stung.  

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Doin' That Thing - Les McCann

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Doin' That Thing - Les McCann

The life of a jellyfish is full of trials and tribulations.  Predators, food shortages, ruthless competitors, sickness just to name a few.  It can sometimes be hard just to keep your head below water -- if you have a head, that is.  The successful jellyfish will take it all in stride though.  Just keep doing that thing, whatever it is, and maintain a cool, seaworthy temperature. 

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Did It Snow in Brampton Last Night? - Kendora

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Did It Snow in Brampton Last Night? - Kendora

As a jellyfish who generally inhabits colder waters, people often ask me this.  When it snows on the ocean, does it ever stick?  Does your home become like a salt-water slushy?  The answer, of course, is yes.  The ocean itself can also freeze.  I know I was welcoming the arrival of spring only 2 weeks ago, but there has been a bit of a turnabout back into winter where this jellyfish stays...

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Sonnet 130 - APE feat. Layla Moallem, Jah-Zee

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Sonnet 130 - APE feat. Layla Moallem, Jah-Zee

We jellyfish are living embodiments of the essence of poetry.  Poetry in motion, one might even say.  We are simple, succinct, infinitely manifold -- even pointlessly so -- and beautiful to contemplate.  As the world's most efficient swimmers, we also aptly represent the words of Polonius from Shakespeare's Hamlet: 

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Kronkronhinko  - Ayub Ogada

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Kronkronhinko - Ayub Ogada

The year cycles back into the growing time for life on land in the northern hemisphere.  Land creatures sing joyful songs as the plants start to rise up from the soil...

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I Want to Be Evil - Eartha Kitt

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I Want to Be Evil - Eartha Kitt

A lot of humans dislike jellyfish.  They point out that many of us can sting you horribly - even fatally.  We sometimes swarm right near public beaches and force them to close for the day.  We're alien and often grotesque in appearance, and so on...

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Three King Fishers - Gabor Szabo

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Three King Fishers - Gabor Szabo

This jellyfish is on the move today.  The vast mountains of coral streak past.  Schools of fish go about their business on either side.  Cucumbers and anenome wave hello from the ocean floor.  A lone squid pauses his hunt for a moment to clock you with his enormous eyes.  You pick up speed, and all the ocean's denizens start to blur together...

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Badboi - Pegboard Nerds

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Badboi - Pegboard Nerds

Occasionally, when conditions are just right, an absolute torrent of delicious sea creatures comes flowing your way.  So much food your eyes and your stomach grow ten sizes too big -- if you happen to have eyes or a stomach.  Then it starts…  the feeding frenzy.  

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Sway - POM

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Sway - POM

Swaying -- now this is something we jellyfish do extremely well.  Sway in the current.  Sway with the turbulent surf.  The ocean is always moving.  Complex interwoven rhythms compete with one another to influence our direction.  The jellyfish knows how to roll with it.  The jellyfish sways to the dominant rhythm of the moment with great ease and comfort.  

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Tried by 12 - East Flatbush Project

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Tried by 12 - East Flatbush Project

The ocean is vast and unforgiving.  Very often where we jellyfish like to congregate, there are also predators.  This is especially true considering that the most common predator of jellyfish is other jellyfish.  Humans are similar in this regard.  They are their own worst enemy.  Naturally also, the more dense the human population, the greater the pressure to survive.  The most crowded cities are often where humans can be found killing each other.  

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(Going Down To) Big Leg Emma's House - Champion Jack Dupree

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(Going Down To) Big Leg Emma's House - Champion Jack Dupree

Every jellyfish encounters the doldrums. There you are floating along, floating along, seemingly going nowhere. It's as if you're heading down the same road forever, the scenery never changing.  Even the greatest efforts to advance or attain some improved vantage point produce no results. 

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Let Me Tell You Something - Grandtheft & Jackal

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Let Me Tell You Something - Grandtheft & Jackal

The currents are shifting.  The motion is jarring, even confusing.  These are the moments when you must let go of your sense of direction, and allow yourself to be taken where the ocean wants you to go.  You must make peace with the uncertainty of your destination.  

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Huembelo I - Black Brothers

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Huembelo I - Black Brothers

Many jellyfish are familiar with the very large island in the Pacific Ocean comprised of the nation of Papua New Guinea and the future nation of West Papua.  In fact, this island is home to one fifth of all the species of living things on earth, as well as one fifth of all human languages.  Sadly, West Papua is currently occupied and oppressed by Indonesia and is the scene of one of the least publicized ongoing human rights atrocities in the world, largely funded by a US gold & copper mining company and other greedy outsiders. 

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