Have you ever stopped, and sat, and looked? instead of trying to force action, or plan, or control an outcome? When we really stop, and see what is in front of us, we give ourselves a chance to witness, sometimes, a gently profound thing. Maybe that thing reminds us, of who we really are, and what we really want.
The unmistakable beginning, and then the words, “Disarm you with a smile”. Kindness feeds us, when we share it with one another. Sometimes we isolate ourselves, safer in our shell maybe. We can’t share a kindness with one another in this state though, we can’t receive love.
What would it take? What would it take to live your life, your way? Are you the only thing standing in your way?
So many layers to this song. I have been the rifle, and I have been the bird. I know now, that I am both at the same time. If I choose to be content with, looking at the big wide open sky through a window, and no more, knowing I am not happy, I have chosen to be my own rifle...
Formed by Ron Banks and Larry Reed in the early 60’s, The Dramatics released almost 20 albums, even collaborating with Snoop Dog, on the Doggy Dog World track. This track was awarded gold disc status by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1971. A simple message, more and more I am aware of what I see and now, what I get.
In the Heart of the Moon, I love this album title, what knowing must lay their? Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabaté fuse their crafted styles, complimenting each other, seemingly so easy, it is as if we are listening to a jam session. The movement of these sounds, the gentle building, the story unknown to me, is enchanting...
I have a long history with Johnny Cash. My Dad, a huge fan, liked to play his tracks, on repeat, for days at a time. The Saloon piano in the background, classic acoustic guitar, and that voice. Johnny Cash performs a cover of the Depeche Mode track, written by Martin Gore. This version forms part of his American IV: The Man Comes Around Album.
From U2’s Achtung Baby album, this week’s track is, One. Achtung, translates to Respect in German. So this week we have a theme, how do we show ourselves respect? And how do we show others respect?
To find out I began to observe myself, through observing, I realised where my attention was. What words I used, what I was thinking about.
No lyrics this week, no words, just music. There are so many words around us all the time, inside, and out. Maybe we can just listen for a while...
I think I could write a thesis on this song, layered with message and metaphor. It is beautiful, harsh and thought provoking. Each time I listen, I hear something new.
This version is remastered, I remember listening to the original on repeat, from the Sugar Mountain, Live at Canterbury House 1968 album. Thinking, “Right on Brother”, he knows where it’s at. The imagery is enough to keep you interested, and then you start to wonder……
In 2012 Iggy Pop released a covers album, Après, translated to, After in English. In his own words, Iggy wanted to bring some of the feeling he felt as a listener to us, the listeners.
Feel like screaming just for something different to do? When the voice in your head is louder than the voices around you, it is time for a break. It can feel so constant, the things we tell ourselves we have to do, or even, the things others tell us we should be doing. Do, do, do, do, do….AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!
The new year is symbolic of a new start, change, something different. We can if we want to, imagine that anything can happen, or if that is too much to believe, we can ask ourselves to take one step in a new direction, just one.
I like this song, it’s simple, easy to listen to, and understand. That is how yes is, a real yes is simple, and easy to say. It doesn’t start in your head though, a real yes starts in your body. It is different for everyone, you can find your yes feeling by saying it, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Say it until you can feel it in your body, where is it? What does it feels like? When you know what a real yes feels like, you will know the real answer to a yes or no question.
From the Listen without Prejudice album, George Michael’s Freedom ’90 tells a story of breaking free from a way of thinking, a way of being. This freedom is true, he must make his own choices and, be his priority. Beautiful inside and out, we are all better for him being in the world, for he followed his heart.
The first track from Massive Attack’s Protection Album, is Protection. Featured in Rolling Stone’s Coolest Albums of all time top ten, it is definitely worth checking out. The trip hop sound created by Robert “3D” Del Naja, Grant “Daddy G” Marshall and at the time of Protection’s release in 1994 Andy “Mushroom” Vowles is Massive Attack. Several Artists perform vocals for Massive on the album, Tracy Thron of Everything but the girl, performing on this weeks track, Protection...
She can hear the tiny voice now, it has always been there talking, telling her. Stirring until awake, the eyes of the tiny voice are open, she is ready to roar. Her time spent with a candle in the dark to find that voice in the distance has paid off, she can hear her, she is her. I have waited hours for this, I’ve made myself so sick….. It is ironic that we surely know ourselves the most, but when feeling fragmented, I know I don’t always feel….Close to me.
This song has been popping up now and again for me, I decided to pick In the Waiting line this week as it speaks to my current state the most.
When something is born it has its own pace, rhythm, truth. Given the time and opportunity to be itself, it will thrive. When in this space, it speaks to us completely, only giving, sharing without want. It is intensely beautiful and moving, it is exquisite.
Perfectly executed, Nick Cave has felt the truth of this exceptional piece, leaving out all the things which oppose its nature.
This week’s track is a cover of Nirvana’s In Bloom, which appeared on the Nevermind album. I really loved Nirvana for years, and am still very fond of their music. Not unusual, I was an angry, bored and trouble making teenager, looking for an outlet and escape from my reality. The emotion expressed through the raw sound of Nirvana consistently gave me a way to release some angst without really dealing with it - awesome. The first album I ever owned was In Utero - awesome.
Silverchair are an Australian band which formed in 1992, when I was 12 years old and so were they, I was wide eyed for sure – Wow! How cool is that! Initially, and briefly calling themselves the Innocent Criminals, the three young men, Daniel Johns guitar and vocals, Ben Gillies on Drums and Chris Joannou on Bass went on to win major awards regularly. Rolling Stone ranked Daniel Johns at number 18 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 25 Most Underrated Guitarists.