I just came across a note I had written to myself that read “Stop taking what you call “life” so seriously!!!” I find that I need these reminders to bring me back to what’s real.
The bottom is a place where we can start to separate reality, from our man-made dramas that only exist in our head. When we start to see clearly, we begin to laugh instead of lament. We can enjoy this short journey of life, instead of asking “Why?” or” What do I do now?” or “Is there even a point?” The questions fade, as we no longer need answers because we are only engaged in what “is”.
~ Matt Pryor
“Capitalism has defeated communism.
It is now well on its way to defeating democracy.”
~ David Korten
“The truth is more important than the facts.”
~ Frank Lloyd Wright
To Donald T-rump: Here’s a news flash, 90% of everything that comes out of your mouth is lies, falsifications and therefore FAKE NEWS – who are you to deny and ban select media outlets from press functions just because you don’t like what they have to say and therefore claim they are purveyors of “fake news”? It’s a sad case of the “pot calling the kettle black”(as we say here in Ohio).
Sure I ain’t no big fan of the news media but that doesn’t mean their reporting is fake. Fake is different from bias. But apparently a world leader like President of a country isn’t required to have the intelligence to know the difference.
You want “fake news”? See video below for a song the Donald T-rump wrote the lyrics for.
Okay now that IS fake news (with all due respect to Henry Rollins) But it does feel that it is culturally relevant to our “President” T-rump.
“We may ask, ‘What is wisdom?’ It is our life itself.
We not only have that wisdom, we are constantly using it.
When we are cold, we put on more clothing.
When hungry, we eat. When sad, we cry.
Being happy, we laugh. That’s wisdom.
The seasons change, the stars shine in the sky, it’s all wisdom.
Regardless of whether we realize it or not,
we are always in the middle of the Way.
We are nothing but the Way itself.”
~ Taizan Maezumi
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not;
remember that what you now have
was once among the things you only hoped for.”
“And those who were seen dancing
were thought to be insane
by those who could not hear the music.”
“How many people
have forgotten how to dance
~ mobius faith
This is the first in what I hope will be a new series of short posts about albums that I feel are unmatched within an artists catalog/repertoire. Albums that stand out from the dross and drivel of the popular environment in which they first saw the light of day. Albums that stand apart from the mainstream of their respective musical genre’s.
For this first post I will focus on an album that has never grown tiresome over repeated listens – GOLDFRAPP’s FELT MOUNTAIN. This first full length album by Alison Goldfrapp [and band] whips up dreamy confections that are so rich and fluid the listener can wander thru spaced-out sci-fi fantasy and into steamy jacuzzi-like relaxing melodies without even trying. The music will take you there. One of things that makes this stand out from all her other work is that there seems to be some tension between the musical settings of techno/electronica and jazzy art-song stylings with some experimental flourishes. Unlike Goldfrapp’s later albums the techno beats are more in the background and provide an energetic backdrop that keeps the proceedings moving like liquid flowing down hill. There are also fantastical sounds that would not seem out-of-place on an Esquivel album and Alison’s vocals, with her airy delicate delivery of lyric sweetness, are some-what reminiscent of Astrud Gilberto (of “Girl From Ipanema” fame) or a wispy Shirley Bassey.
Taken in context – there is not a bad track on the FELT MOUNTAIN album and the whole album deserves to be listened to in a single sitting. So take the time, grab your favorite relaxing beverage, sit down, relax and let it take you away.
Enjoy these two singles: