What does music mean to you?

When I think about a constant in my life I always return back to music.

Music really is life. Tones are vibrations. Our world consists of vibrations. Each song has its own unique vibrational pattern and every moment in our life does too.

When we think back to different moments and times in our lives we also think back to specific songs and sounds that we connect with them.

Sometimes we hear a song and it makes us think back to a specific moment or a specific time or event in our lives. It either makes us happy or sad. When we’re sad we can turn to sad music to embrace our feeling or we can choose to turn to happy music so that it can lift up our mood. There are also certain songs that no matter how sad we are when we hear them we can’t help but smile.

Sometimes I wake up with a song stuck in my head and I am certain that it is because that song is related to what I’ve just been dreaming about, even though I might not remember what it was.

When you remember specific lines from a song it is because your brain has just recalled a memory that is connected to those lyrics and their meaning.

Music is so powerful that when you are dealing with something and a song comes on and its lyrics match your situation it can help you overcome whatever you’ve been faced with. But even the most shallow song, no matter how unspecific and seemingly empty the lyrics, can contain a world full of meaning when connected to something meaningful in our lives.

What makes music special is not the music itself but our relationship with it. That is why everyone loves music but not everyone likes the same type of music or the same songs. The same way everyone likes colour but not everyone likes the same colours. Everyone wants to live but not everyone has the same idea of what that means.

But life without music and music without life would be an empty state of mere existence. That’s why I want to wish each one of you a life filled with music because that is a rich life. And I will continue to provide you with it here on my blog and through my playlists on Spotify.

 

 

 

 

 

Lupe Fiasco with the relevant rhymes

On March 11, 2013, 6-month year old Jonylah Watkins dies in Chicago after being shot 5 times from bullets intended to shoot her gang affiliated father who was holding her.

Four days later, on March 15, Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, a rapper from Chicago known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco releases a song imagining how Jonylah’s life could’ve turned out if her father would’ve turned his back on gang life.

In the alternate reality that Lupe Fiasco describes in his song “Jonylah Forever”, Jonylah lives on to become an intelligent young woman dedicating her life to helping others, also crossing path with Hadiya Pendleton (another victim of gun violence shot dead at 15) and eventually saving herself from what happened to her in real life.

Read the lyrics to the song below.

[Verse 1]
How about them bullets ain’t slow you up
You ain’t really die, we watched you grow up
At 12 months you took your first steps
Awkwardly across the kitchen floor to your best
Your first breaths that we can call words
Were in your father’s lap on November 23rd
And they were “live for me”, and he did for you
Flipped to Neutron and stayed inside the crib for you
And this commitment from your father
Imparted a deep sense of value you’d forever harbor
And we were all so proud as we seen you getting smarter
And bond grow deeper between a mother and a daughter
But you were not a martyr

[Verse 2]
At six, you started reading whole books
At seven, you knew how a brain looked
And could roughly describe, all the different regions
Could tell when we was sick and even knew the reasons
The world wasn’t at peace, gunfire every weekend
But you were hardly there, cause you was always leaving
Field museum, planetarium, aquarium
You saw something special in that tank you were starin’ in
And those moments as a little girl
You realized it was a bigger world
Bigger than the South Side, bigger than Chicago
You were bigger still wanted rims on your car, though
And big ass woofers in your car door
So you could wang like your daddy at the park eating sharks
Went to King where you were teased for being smart
Where you bumped into Hadiya teaching art
You live forever

[Verse 3]
At sixteen is when you got your scholarship
At twenty-two is when you got your doctorate
Even now it’s kind of hard to believe
But your father taught you work hard, and achieve
And you complied, accepted by every medical school you applied
But the coolest thing is when they offered you that high paying slot
You replied: “they need me in the hood” and that’s where you reside
Free clinic, nobody denied
That’s where you heard the shots and quickly ran outside
And saw a man and a van and a bleeding baby in his hands
Fading fast, but you knew she could survive
Did everything you could to keep this girl alive
Stabilized until the ambulance arrived
And in that moment, where you gave your help
I bet you didn’t know that you saved yourself

This is just one of the incredible tracks featured on Lupe Fiasco’s latest album “DROGAS WAVE”.  Listen to the rest here:

5 unexpectedly great songs on repeat this week

I feel like it’s always good to be open to different music genres and listen to songs freely without trying to categorize them. This week there are 5 new songs that are either from artists you probably haven’t heard of or artists you’re not particularly a fan of. But trust me they’re really great pieces of musical work, so relatable, they’re pretty likely to move you in some way, unless you don’t have a heart of course. In that case, leave this page right now and go listen to some angry trap (don’t get me wrong, I love me some angry trap music from time to time). Anyways, here we go.

Back 2 you - Selena Gomez

Back to You – Selena Gomez
This is a song about not being able to let go of that one particular person no matter how hard you try. What I love about this song is that Selena manages to convey this feeling without using a lot of big words. The line “You could break my heart in two, but when it heals it beats for you” is both tragic and genius at the same time. Also the chorus is very car-driving-shoutable. So Go Gomez! You did that!

 

Sunglasses - Hopium

Sunglasses – Hopium
This one is just greatness! I am personally a big fan of subtle, ironic metaphors for big feelings and what is greater than the line “I keep my sunglasses on so you can’t see inside my soul”. Also this basically describes our whole generation, always having their guard up, trying to avoid real feelings at any cost. I also highly suggest watching the video to the song right here!

 

Obvious - Shaqdi

Obvious – Shaqdi
Pure driving-into-a-sunset-with-your-windows-rolled-down-vibes! I suggest turning the volume all the way up on this one in order to be able to hear all the details of this unique sound. My favourite line in this is “So visible like cellophane, you can see right through me, so obvious”. Yessss!!

 

Charlie Puth - Voicenotes

Patient – Charlie Puth
This mellow track from his album “Voicenotes” is a heartfelt apology, which mainly lives from its chill sound and Charlie’s soothing voice. He’s singing to a girl that he wants to be patient with him because he seems like he’s not quite ready to give her what she deserves yet. It’s up to you if you want to believe him when he says “I know I’m not what you need, but baby I’m gonna be”. I’m not sure if I do but what I believe for sure is that this is a great song.

 

Roll (Burbank Funk) Kaytranada Remix - The Internet

Roll (Burbank Funk) –  The Internet (Kaytranada Remix)
When I heard the original song I was super excited of course because it had been some time since the last The Internet release and it’s a great vibey song no doubt. But I’m telling you when I heard the Kaytranada remix…YO! I really think Kaytranada is able to make every great song a thousand times greater by remixing it. It’s like he comes down from another planet in his spaceship every now and then in order to bless us with another otherwordly remix that will have you feeling like you’re floating in space yourself for a second. At this point I would like to suggest you listen to one of my favourite Kaytranada remixes “Be Your Girl” right here, which is unfortunately only available on Soundcloud until this day.
If you like these songs and want to stay updated on the latest music releases then go follow my “Freshnesss” Spotify playlist where I filter out the best new music for you every Friday. You’re welcome!