the action or process of producing something, especially a list, book, or report, by assembling information collected from other sources.“great care has been taken in the compilation of this guidebook”
When I consider life and the variety that we each experience it makes me think about a compilation. We each are a compilation of thoughts, ideas, concepts, theories and reasoning. To me what makes this truly amazing is how all of these things come together forming the opinions, structuring the decisions and forging our path through life. I find that I spend a great deal of time focusing on the question of how. Revisiting moments in my past, not because I would do them any other way or change the outcome but because I believe that this give me a greater insight into where I am going toward my future. Music for me is the gateway in unlocking these past experiences and forging new ones. With my expectant fatherhood fasting approaching I am looking at a series each building upon the next as I consider what I really want to express. I want you each to join me in this experience, sit back, observe, question, critique and enjoy as my mind and the music merge, skip and re-envision how you experience the world.
This first compilation is a, remix, reflecting some of the thoughts that spiral from my head swirling as I think about diversity, human interaction, progress, meditation and enlightenment. I am re-envisioning the message I want to convey not only in my blogging but in how I approach life knowing that I am not the same person. I am a father, a protector, a misfit, a dreamer, a creator and a realist.These four songs each focus on one of those aspects, Human mic I see the use of verse personified describing the thirst for progress and advancement. Drake’s trophies I really think about friends and family, how sometimes we wish they would show more appreciation and others it just feels like you are doing everything you can for them without any reward. Lorde- A world alone makes me consider what is going on in the world, as I am contemplating my interactions I sometimes think about the stupidity that is the world we live in. Not just that most news is a regurgitation on the latest social media frenzy but just people being overall stalkers. Finally the last selection is a song by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, in which they really analyze meditation, and the practice of Vipassana. Not that I am any expert or even knew what this was prior to the song but it did get me thinking about the connections between the mind and the body. I am starting to make sense of how I not only physically visualize the world but the perception that I give to the world. This compilation is one for thought. So when you get a chance take a listen.
In writing this post I first thought that I would do just an introduction to pending posts to follow, but I decided to just jump in.
Throw it back, cognac, I’m the best, you know that
You can have your own opinion, but not your own facts
On track as the most prolific ever, the most consistently
Viciously off the rip, we be rippin’ it like a shredder
Some symphony hall shit, gettin’ higher than your falsetto,
Trophies-DrakeWhat’s the move? Can I tell the truth?
If I was doing this for you then I’d have nothing left to prove
Nah, this for me, though
I’m just trynna stay alive and take care of my people
And they don’t have no award for that, trophies, trophies
And they don’t have no award for that
Shit don’t come with trophies, ain’t no envelopes to open
I just do it cause I’m ‘sposed to, nigga
A world Alone-Lorde
Vipassana-Macklemore &Ryan Lewis“Vipassana is a science of mind and matter: how the mind is influencing the body and later how the body is influencing the mind.”
NadaThe present is right here, through the breath, watch it Atheist Jesus piece, hangin’ on a cross
We sit and discuss God on lawn chairs About how we got hereWhat it is, what it isn’t, shitFate versus faith, scrimmaging with coincidenceLeave out the marketing, hold up on the business end
Focus on the genuine, and everything else, you can shed the skin I was a couple moves away from being dead
In that ER overdosing, eyes bleeding redI fell in love, made an album, got a buzz
Lost it all, sobered up, and guess what?
Now we meet again
And now I’m back, finally just laughin’ Expectations are resentments waiting to happenStudying the dharma, karma, vipassana practice
Bahá’u’lláh, Buddha, God, to the mountaintop and I’m traveling Learning, yes, reflecting on what matters
People, impermanence, lack of attachments It’s space and time, a couple of man-made distractions The measure of a spirit that no human can ever capture Church, this booth is my VaticanI don’t control life, but I can control how I react to it Student of the breath, brick beats and balancin’ Desire versus truth until I finally find happiness