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Music, God I love it, doesn’t everyone? Well surprisingly the answer would be no by some. Why? How? I hear you ask. The answer people normally wheel out is, ‘There is nothing new, it all sounds the same now.’ or, ‘It’s just to commercial’.
Forgive the profanity but to those that say music to far to commercial, I say to you in return, you’re obviously just a dumb fuck. True musicians want their music heard, but they also want to make money if possible, who doesn’t? I used to love the job I had previously, but I wouldn’t of turned up and done it for free.
Anyway, to those that say there is no new stuff, it all sounds the same. I agree, it does, if you don’t look for it. I love all music, be it rock, rap, metal, jazz, pop, literally all genres I enjoy, if it’s good music. If I had to give you a favourite I’d say hands down rap because personally I think good quality rap is modern day poetry. So whilst the rest of this article might only mention rap, it could easily be crossed over into many different genres.
So, your ipod is full of music, but apart from the odd exception none of it dates later than the early 2000′s? Why? Because how can Chris Brown or Wiz ‘whatever his last name is’ Stand up to your Biggies, tupacs, Pudgees or snoops? They just can’t, end off.
Picture this, the year is 2005, I’m in my last year at university listening to the same shit I had when I started my education, 3 years earlier. Not really minding because good music is always good music, regardless of age, but yearning for something new to excite my eardrums. Talking one day to a female student I was trying to impress with my musical knowledge so I could get into her panties when she’s like have you heard of Hard Target so after having to admit I hadn’t she explained to me he was an unsigned artist from the states but was awesome and was going to be the net big thing. I’ll be the first to admit, my immediate thought in my head was that he’ll be shit if he’s unsigned but I want to share more than a blunt with her so I’ll give it a listen. She emailed me a song called Empty Cans by him so I could listen to it when I got home. So fast forward a few hours, I’ve got a fat joint rolled, just sparked and I thought well I’ll give this guy a listen. FUCK ME Is all I can say my reaction was. This tune was dope with a capital D. Now I’ll be honest, while my expected love affair never happened with the woman, my love affair with underground music was born. Here was a man with an incredible lyrical talent, backed up by some quality music production and he didn’t even have a music deal!!
So fast forward 7 years, I’m still getting high, still have a love of women that doesn’t seem to be recipricated but still have a love of good music. It is with a sad heart that Hard Target has not got the record deal he deserves, however he is still making quality music. What is also evident is that good music is being produced in vast quantities, but is remaining unsigned and unheard of by the masses.
I know what you’re thinking, ok well he’s given me the link to Hard Target so I can go listen to him and see what I think but what about more? How do I find it? How do I listen to these artists that are producing the tunes but not getting the props they deserve. all I can say is you have to go look for it. I’ve been very lucky by stumbling across some quality acts such as Herb Burnah and ProfHit but I have to give a lot of credit to Stoner Jesus (SJ).
SJ is a very talented radio show host who in between talking all things weed plays music by unsigned artists. He doesn’t discriminate who they are, if they email him a tune he’ll play it on his show. So if you are an artist reading this check him out on twitter, go look at his webpage and send him a tune.
To sum up good music is still being produced, but as in all walks of life, sometimes it’s unfair and the people who deserve to be making decent money out of their music haven’t quite made it yet, but they will. You just have to be prepared to go looking for it and listen to it. If you do find something you like twitter makes it so easy to send the artist a message and let them know, give them the credit they deserve.
I may of rambled as usual in this blog post but I hope you’ve got the jist.
Finally a big thank you for either producing quality music or having the balls to play it to the masses when it’d be easier to play the chart stuff goes to (click on the name for their twitter page):
Smiling, it’s such a natural thing. It’s a worldwide universal signal that someone is happy and enjoying that particular moment in time. Even on the internet world two of the most popular symbols that are recognised regardless of culture are lol and :).
A smile not only will help you seem more attractive, it is also a great way just to make you stand and whilst improving your health. Naturally people are drawn towards a person with a smile as our human instinct wants to know that person and find out just what is so good to make them smile.
A smile can actually help us feel much better as well. Many people who have been through one form of therapy or another will tell you that sometimes you just have to fake it to make it. Wearing a smile, especially when you don’t feel like smiling, can in time trick your body into feeling better. Hence the term, faking it to make it.
Just as people don’t like being around miserable people as they end up feeling miserable themselves, smiling is contagious. I challenge any one of you reading this to tell me that if you’re in the company of someone who is smiling a lot and generally happy, you don’t end up feeling that little bit more smiley and happier yourself. A smiling person, to put it simply, brings happiness with them, smile a lot and you will draw people towards you.
Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action.
Now for a few health benefits. It has been proven that smiling boosts the immune system. The reason is not known, but it is theorised that it is because smiling relaxes the body which helps it improve the immune function. It has also been proven that smiling reduces the blood pressure. For those of us that happen to have a blood pressure gauge at home, try it. Take your blood pressure then spend 15 minutes smiling and take it again, you’ll notice that it is lower. Studies have also shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.
So next time you’re feeling a little down, a little shitty, like the world is against us, try wearing a smile for an hour or two, it might just help!
No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
Barbara De Angelis
The above quote sounds so simple, don’t you think? I know it certainly makes sense. No one can control my happiness but me, then why do we ever become unhappy we should be asking ourselves. I personally think the simple answer is because we allow ourselves to become so wrapped up in the complicated, we forget it’s the simple that actually controls and directs us in life.
Let’s use me as an example. I had a job I enjoyed, no loved, which was well paid, in a country i enjoyed being in and all in all, if and when I wanted it to be my life was pretty good.
In late July I came to the conclusion I was losing my mind, that I needed to quit my job and return to the UK to help myself become more spiritual and to avoid any mental breakdowns. Having arrived in the UK I realised quite the opposite. I could of done all of that where I was. I allowed myself to ignore the simple things in life. I ignored, no that’s not the right word, I destroyed the simple friendships I had. The ones that were based on friendship and mutual respect. Instead I got new friendships with superficial people that made me feel good because they complimented me, made me feel important by stroking my ego. People that liked me because I was new and a novelty, that I stroked their ego’s also. They didn’t like me for me.
So that’s the first example of me giving up simple, good things for far more complicated. The second example was I lead myself to believe that I couldn’t be enjoying my job, I couldn’t be enjoying my life because it was going by far too easily.
So I ended up back in the UK with no job, accommodation, friends or prospects. But this is not a sad story. Everything does happen for a reason, being back in the UK it gave me the chance to reexamine my life and set a new path. I did find more spirituality. I did make some new friends via twitter et al.
So I’ve been applying for jobs in various countries, getting knocked back for some, still not hearing from others. Cursing myself that I’ve been looking for about a month and not found one. A month!!! lol, nothing like being impatient.
I do firmly believe everything happens for a reason, that if you do the little things the big things take care of themselves. So I’ve decided that as soon as I have enough for a deposit and a couple of months rent, I’m going to pick myself up and go back to Spain, job or no job. If I was meant to get a job back in Spain, I’d get one in that time, if not well I’ll know and look elsewhere.
I guess the point of this is just to say the next time you’re feeling stressed, like you’ve not got enough time or the opposite, that nothing is working out like you want and you’re doing nothing with your life just sit back and look at yourself. What advice would be needed? A lot of the time it will be, ‘Forget about all the complicated shit you have no control over, why worry about it if you can’t influence it? Let it happen and concentrate on the simple things. Once you have those right the rest will follow’.
Now then, I’m not 100% sure what i’m actually writing here, but I wanted to get out whats going on in my head on a regular basis. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. If you read this great, but it’s done more for myself than others.
I’ve already typed my first post, however having decided it was very negative here we go again. Why am I an exiled stoner you might ask, in fact some of you already have. I think it’s because I am a walking contradiction. I believe in the power of weed as a social, medicinal and spiritual aid, but I also believe that it is a drug that people take far to lightly.Maybe I should explain that further.
Only a fool would try to argue against cannabis being a medicinal aid for a wide ranging section of people. I believe not only can it be a great pain reliever it also can be a good tool to certain mental conditions as well. As for the social side of things, well used in the right manner, it breaks down shyness, class barriers and brings people together in harmony. Very few people who smoke weed can’t get along with each other. As for a spiritual aid, well, it helps meditation as it helps you focus, block out the world and find your inner peace.
However, and this may come as a shock to some, I do not believe it is a harmless drug. Like anything in life it has to be done in moderation and certain people should not use it. I’ve successfully been through a rehab treatment centre so I believe I have a unique perspective as I can sit on both sides of the fence. Addiction be it to a behaviour, drug, or alcohol is a horrible thing to experience. Thanks to my past experiences I now do describe myself as an alcoholic, and an addict. Why would I still smoke weed you ask? Some of you will be saying well it’s not addictive. That would be wrong, it is addictive to people that are prone to addiction. Anything that is either habit forming or gives pleasure can be addictive. So drugs, including weed, booze, sex, gambling or even things like shopping.
The reason I still smoke weed is for it’s medicinal purposes. I have to be careful due to my addictive personality not to overdo it, but it does me far more good than harm.
Ok that seems a little intense so before I sign off I feel I need to put something a little lighter in here. Twitter, what a thing eh? I absolutely love it. I try to be a positive person these days, spreading good spiritual messages along with humour. Twitter is an amazing way of doing that. I also believe I’ve formed some good friendships over it and I have developed other emotions and feelings because of it as well. So if you are reading this, and you’ve gotten this far, it’s probably because you follow me on twitter. I pass my love, admiration and gratitude onto you for interacting with me and helping me become a better person.
finally in the words of the great Ian Hollaway, ”I couldn’t be more chuffed if I were a badger at the start of the mating season.”