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The Views From My Two Windows

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The big city,
Hustle and bustle,
Who even really gives a damn about the Joneses?

To be frank, I care more about my neighbor’s joneses.

Ego illuminating the concrete path before the feet which tread upon the broken dreams of a lazy lower class.
A “lazy” class of modern slaves…

If you can, rest your spirit when you can
While you have the chance my friend.

A window before me.
A window between my eyes and the thing that is being seen.

Can I break through?
My spirit often sings a haunting melody from inside.
Shall I break the window, or simply choose to walk a peaceful path that will lead me outside?

Outside, where I can sit and watch the seedlings grow bigger daily,
Exchanging my toxins for their oxygen as I reconnect with circles and my place.

If you can, rest your spirit when you can.

A house of tools awaits all who will choose to build.
A great city is comprised mainly of a thriving community,
And I truly don’t give a damn about so much concrete destruction
And cut-throat competition.

It’s too much to sustain, and I have never had to starve out others for my own gain.
Peace, we can build up to it.

There is a house of tools that waits,
Sitting while the resting soul gathers strength
And formulates designs to solve the very pain that plagues that gentle soul.

There is a house of tools that waits,
And the broken systems lie just beyond.

If you can, rest your spirit while you can,
if you get a chance my friend.

All eyes…all eyes…eyes leading to…whatever.
Whatever it is that you choose.
Leaving my own Joneses behind.
The eyes on me are an audience, all lined in a row, of living beings that will soon sacrifice their fruits to an animal larger than them.

I dance, in thanks, for them.

I take the sunshine in,
And surrender myself to endless circles that I am forever going in.
The windows are behind me,
Long forgotten as if I have ever only been here among the trees.

And I breathe…

Resting my spirit while I can.

Hallelujah, Music Trumps Money

in Blog/Current Events/Media/Music/Social Commentary by

President Trump has stirred up the most controversy and protest that I can remember out of any of the 5 presidents who have held office since I have been alive. Not to mention he has the lowest approval ratings of any president, ever. Not to say that there hasn’t been protest for the others. I remember George Bush especially, a lot of folks on the Internet were saying that he was the anti-Christ, ha.

Trump however, has already shown his lack of basic concern for a whole shlew of people. Women, immigrants, especially from the near south and far east, anyone who is not a ga-jillionaire, anyone who cares about these people, plants animals and people who are affected and will soon be affected more by climate change; all of us are sort of shaking in our boots to see what Trump will do with the power we granted him over the next four years.

Running rampant along with insults and promises of policies that makes many cringe, are protests of these things. There was the Women’s March on the Capital the day after Trump’s inauguration. Smaller protests were held at State Capitols around the country. There was one in Austin I would have liked to go to. There are also reports of marches in Chicago and Denver to name a few. There are still protests going on to this day.

The lay-woman and -man aren’t the only ones calling attention to issues that have been highlighted by the charged atmosphere of this particular election. Some of my favorite artists decided to comment on this election by releasing a song from their upcoming album.

If you’re a Gorillaz fan, or a Benjamin Clementine fan, definitely go listen to this new track satirically called, “Hallelujah Money.”

Lyrics:

“Here is our tree
That primitively grows
And when you go to bed
Scarecrows from the far east
Come to eat
Its tender fruits
And I thought the best way to perfect our tree
Is by building walls
Walls like unicorns
In full glory
And galore
And even stronger
Than the walls of Jericho
But glad then my friend
Out in the field we shall reap a better day
What we have always dreamt of having
Are now for the starving
It is love, that is the root of all evil
But not our tree
And thank you my friend
For trusting me.

[Hook: Benjamin Clementine (Choir)]
Hallelujah
(Hallelujah)
Hallelujah money
(Past the chemtrails)
Hallelujah money
(Hallelujah money)
Hallelujah money
(Hallelujah money)
Hmmm
Hallelujah money
(Hallelujah)
Hallelujah money
(Oooh)

[Bridge: 2-D]
How will we know?
When the morning comes
We are still human
How will we know?
How will we dream?
How will we love?
How will we know?

[Spoken Verse: Benjamin Clementine]
Don’t worry my friend
If this be the end, then so shall it be
Until we say so, nothing will move
Ah, don’t worry
It’s not against our morals
It’s legal tender
Touch, my friend
While the whole world
And whole beasts of nations desire
Power

[Bridge 2: 2-D]
When the morning comes
We are still human
How will we know?
How will we dream?
How will we love?
How will we know?

[Hook: Benjamin Clementine (Choir)]
(Hallelujah money)
Hallelujah money
(Past the chemtrails)
Hallelujah money
(Hallelujah money)
Hmmm
Hallelujah money
(Hallelujah money)
Hallelujah money
(Oooh)
Hallelujah money
Hallelujah money
Hallelujah
Hallelujah money!”

I love the religious tone in the song. You see it in the lyrics, in the choir singing behind Benjamin Clementine, even some in the melancholy coos of Clementine. I find it sort of ironic that the words at once draw metaphors from the Bible, as well as speaking satirically about the morals embodied by our new president and by many in the United States.

The “tender fruits” from “our garden” are so precious that they need “walls…even stronger…than those of Jericho” to protect them, is the claim in the first verse. It is as if our country is the precious garden of Eden, yet our garden is so full of greed and weeds that the comparison must be noted as asinine.

Later in the song, the idea that money “trumps” morality is shown. The song essentially says, “Hey, don’t worry about morality, we have power, which is what all nations desire.”

Many would say that power leads to corruption and that the love and idolization of money many times leads to the slow degradation of empathy for a great deal of things such as other systems and humans which are not possessed by the rich.

The way Clementine’s voice and hands and seemingly, soul, begin shaking as he belts out the single word “Power” made my heart shake as well. Is it too punny to say that part of the song was very powerful?

The nation itself seems to be shaking. Some anticipation, some fear, some dread. What I find hope in though, is that protesters and artists, movers and shakers, will continue to speak up about issues that are affecting them so that those on the Hill will have to hear.

Read this fantastic article from Uproxxx to find out more about the Gorillaz new album!

Source: Uproxx

Best of: Music Videos

in Media/Music by

What wonder and delight exude from the recesses of the human mind when entertainment is made to stimulate multiple of our mere five senses!

This is why music videos are one of my favorite things, ever! ^_^ The combination of a visual exposition that is created to pulsate our perception of light, forms, and figures in-time to a musical score often moves me to experience sensation throughout my body, stimulating yet another sense simply through influence! Marvelous, it really is wonderful to be alive 🙂

Dear readers, I have compiled a list of the coolest music videos I have seen, to my personal taste. Please enjoy some of “The Most Badass-est Music Videos” I have been able to find, all found in the playlist titled the same on my YouTube channel: The Most Badass-est Music Videos.

To optimize your personal experience, you can simply watch these videos, or read my personal interpretation of them to accompany the audio/visual experience.

Either way, enjoy!

BEST OF: PASSION

Flume, aka Harley Edward Streten, is “an Australian record producer, musician, and DJ.” Add him to the list of the many reasons that make Australia so appealing as a vacation destination!

Eliza Dolittle, real name Eliza Sophie Caird, is “an English musician and recording artist from London.” She has been performing since she was 15. The name “Eliza Doolittle” comes from a character in a play/book called Pygmalion written by George Bernard Shaw.

This video gives me the feels like a love letter from your crush in junior high does.

Even though the matching petite and gender queer actors are basically just making out the entire time (ok, so it’s kind of softcore porn, I’ll admit), you can’t deny that the minor chords of the song go very very well with the throes of passion exemplified in their bodies as they ravage each others’ faces in sensual delight.

That feeling of desire, of longing, of love and lust is one that is very familiar to most of us.

If someone asked me what I thought pure passion looked like, I would have them watch this video.

BEST OF: VISUAL APPEAL

Here is another video featuring the music of Flume.

This time, it’s a Flume remix of a song by Lorde.

Lorde, aka Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. Score #2 for that part of the world providing us another musical gem of an artist!

While watching this video, I am reminded that there are certain times whenever my senses seem to blend together. I am not claiming to have synesthesia or anything. It’s just that for me, that which I find beautiful excites many of my receptors, and several of my senses all at once.

That is the case with this video. Whenever I see the golden crown erupt into a glitchy pixelated explosion, my heart explodes in time as well. My breathe catches, and an uncontrollable smile takes over my face, sending a warm tingling feeling down my spine and limbs as well.

What looks like liquid gold comes over the screen, it nearly makes me drool. I truly get a reaction in taste because of visual and audio stimulation; crazy!

This legacy this video leaves is one of beautiful visuals being open to whatever interpretation you would like. You can tell yourself, or someone else, a story about what it means while it plays, and whatever you say it is, it is.

It is the perfect amount of complexity and simplicity.

BEST OF: SILLINESS

Matt and Kim may be my favorite pop power couple. They are “an American indie electronic duo from Brooklyn, New York.”

This is based purely off of my love for their chemistry in their videos. They have made it a point to make a music video for every song they put out. Whether it is for marketing or for pure entertainment purposes, I don’t really care, I just enjoy them!

This video is not necessarily the silliest they have, but you can’t help but giggle, even if just a little, while watching.

Enjoy!

(Here are some other honorable mentions for silly music videos by Matt & Kim:

Daylight
Cameras
Yea Yeah
Lessons Learned

BEST OF: CHOREOGRAPHING MANY MOVING PIECES

The first of OK Go’s music videos that became popular as I was growing up was “Here it Goes Again” where they were running on treadmills. Their videos have gotten much more complex since then, though they maintained their lighthearted yet well-constructed style.

The sheer numbers of people involved with this video alone are impressive.  Not to mention that they are all moving in synchronicity from the ground, and from an arial view. (My guess is that it’s a drone.)

The energy of the band and performers works to create a machine moving and working perfectly together through much patience and practice I’m sure, to bring us sucha spectacular viewing feature.

BEST OF: APOCALYPTIC

This video by Noisia is one of my favorite videos of all-time.

Noisia is “is a Dutch electronic music trio consisting of members Nik Roos, Martijn van Sonderen and Thijs de Vlieger from Groningen, Netherlands.”

In this video, poor Tommy just wants to play! The whole world is at his fingertips…until needless fighting over heaps of junk takes that world away from him.

One thing I wonder whenever I watch this video is, why is it the women who are mainly featured fighting the uniformed authority? The junkyard men are only seen running away; and doing flips, I will give credit where credit is due. The women fighting the figures with weapons and armor do seem to take a lot of the spotlight in this video.

While the fearful and dark part of my mind and heart are utterly satisfied while watching this video, the scene of everyone bathing at the end, fresh and clean and smiling, leaves me feeling a sense of hope.

This is a video of apocalyptic hope.

BEST OF: PARTNER DANCING

Sigur Ros is “is an Icelandic post-rock band from Reykjavík, who have been active since 1994.”

I could, actually I do, watch videos of dancers pretty much continuously throughout the day. There are honestly too many good ones for me to say that one is the best, or even better than the others.

This video in particular I enjoy because of the setting. It looks very…cyberpunk because of the abandoned, futuristic feeling of the surroundings, and the toxic/lime green color throughout.

You can see that the dancers are drawn towards each other in some sort of longing with their wild body movements. But the movements tell a story of something besides heterosexual, animalistic lust. It tells the story of individuality being constantly battered by the tides of chaos that life brings.

In the end, the two meld into one.

Very unique song and video here.

BEST OF: LIBERATION

Chase and Status “are an English electronic music production duo composed of Saul Milton and Will Kennard. In addition, MC Rage & Andy Gangadeen also make up the live band.”

Chase and Status have a collection of fantastic music videos.

My favorite part of this video is the scene where the family is performing a ceremony underneath the open gazebo-like structure. Our protagonist inhales from the pipe, the song stands still in suspense, and then the camera zooms up and out.

Then, what I see as the portrayal of the feeling of freedom I have seen, occurs. The young man is seen riding on horseback through an open field.

The cinematography and just the scene in general, brought instant and ecstatic peace to my soul.

This video is such a gift to me. I can simply recall this scene, and then imagine myself in the middle of a similar field or forest, arms and heart wide open to the fullness of the nature around me, in utter surrender to my place in the world.

That feeling of liberation is perfectly captured, and shared with the viewer, in this music video.

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Many styles, many songs and dances, one reason to enjoy these modern works of art: beauty is there for us to behold and for pur emotions to experience on whatever level we allow ourselves to ascend to. Let us not let a moment pass where we fail to appreciate the art that is created for our pure entertainment.

Monica Leigh Hooping in New Mexico

in Blog/Flow Arts/Media/Travel by

One simply MUST dance whenever they are traveling on the open road.

It does not get more open than the desert of New Mexico. With my friends at my side, the railroad tracks behind me, and the potentiality of the universe on my mind, I danced to my heart’s content till all I craved was the shade.

Thank you for watching 🙂

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