Another week is in the highlight reel as we drive on into whatever journey lay in front of us. This band is one of my all-time favorites because of their willingness and ability to stand in the face of oppression and authority and politely raise their middle fingers. Formed in 1982, Chumbawamba has undergone numerous stylistic changes, drawing an audience from various listeners and groups. One thing remained consistent for this British band, and that was their moral compass. They were very open supporters of overcoming class struggle, supporting feminism, and gay liberation. "Tubthumping" is by far their most well known hit and was even nominated for Best British Single.
Political ideologies aside, this song has a great message, its simple, in your face, and drilled into your mind with a catchy melody.
"If you kick me down, i'll get back up again."
Resiliency is what drives us when we believe we are alone in the world. When you look around you and see very few, if anyone, on your side.... what do you dig deep within yourself to push forward towards your goals? Its become nearly a daily routine where I will read inspirational quotes, podcasts, or videos. One earlier this week was recorded coming from Ralph Waldo Emerson. It goes:
"Our greatest glory is not in perfection, but in how we rise up when we fail."
When I heard this song recently and decided it would be another amazing addition to this motivating and upbeat playlist, this quote came to my mind. On that note, when you fail this week, Rise up. You are defined by how you act in a time of crisis, be strong, be resilient.
From the ashes, a beautiful phoenix will be born born.
Peace and Love,
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About the Curator - Jesse Simons
If there is one thing in all of existence that can possibly perk Jesse up more than a fresh dark roast coursing through his veins, it’s philanthropy work. His drive and passion for helping those in need is what he believes refines him the most as a strong, confident character.
Constantly inviting challenges to solve, you’ll be “cold pressed”, (caffeine is clearly essential), to find another person who looks as dashingly good looking in both a freshly pressed suit, and the same pair of sweatpants he’s put off washing from a few too many evenings couch surfing.
Jesse’s love for all genres of music started when he realized the power of music in the human experience. He believes each musician is the creative equivalent of a tectonic plate fault line. When musicians spread their art into the world, that fault line shifts, sending waves of raw emotion pouring from the track into the individuals absorbing it. Jesse came to the understanding that musicians weren’t just imperative to the human experience, they ARE the human experience.
From that day forward he has done everything in his power to help artists of all backgrounds and sound, spread their craft.