ART HAS NO RULES – WE ARE NAKED

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ART HAS NO RULES.

The statement above adequately describes this work of art by Parcfilm and Hungarian artiste Jay Khan. Beautifully done, the work of art speak of the  disparity that exists among humans. The song is presented  in Hungarian so I provided the English lyrics for better understanding.

Enjoy

Naked – Jay Khan

You utterly adorn yourself in your affluence.
You fit the perfect stereotype of “prosperous”.
Even quicksand can’t swallow you because you’d just sink into a sea of gold.
You buy yourself a new mask each day,
but then you hope nobody asks what your face really looks like behind it…
Because you just don’t get it:
WE ARE NAKED.

Under our names (identities), the same blood flows. (We are naked.)
Deep with in all of us is a bit of courage. (We are naked.)
Under the collar, there is no rich or poor. (We are naked.)
Because behind their (skin) colors, all humans are the same. (We are naked.)

You’re afraid of strangers. You never show anyone the real you.
You’ve never been to another country. You don’t even trust your own friends.
Your emotions run deep as the sea, but you keep them bottled up with even more might (than the sea has).
You don’t allow yourself to feel a single emotion…
Because you just don’t get it:
WE ARE NAKED.

Under our names (identities), the same blood flows. (We are naked.)
Deep with in all of us is a bit of courage. (We are naked.)
Under the collar, there is no rich or poor. (We are naked.)
Because behind their (skin) colors, all humans are the same. (We are naked.)

Somewhere there is a flash of light in all that darkness trying to open a new door for you
But still, you keep waiting almost endlessly for someone to grab you by the collar and shake you awake.
Have you finally gotten it????
WE ARE NAKED.

Under our names , the same blood flows. (We are naked.)
Deep with in all of us is a bit of courage. (We are naked.)
Under the collar, there is no rich or poor. (We are naked.)
Because behind their (skin) colors, all humans are the same. (We are naked.)

 

BOB MARLEY- A UNIVERSE WITHIN HIMSELF

bob1Today is the legend’s birthday. He would have been 70 years old if he were still alive. The whole world reflects on this man’s work, his only work, and that was his music.

“……Man is a Universe unto himself……” Bob Marley

As a young man I have to be honest with you. No one paid much attention to Bob Marley in Jamaica. If I could find an answer for our behavior then, looking back I would have to say we were immature and distracted by the music that drowned the rhythms of Reggae and the message of Bob. It mattered not that he was from Jamaica and the music was considered our music, as the saying says a Legend is never acknowledged in his own Country. Bob was no different. He never reached the ears of the young but like every artiste, he played his music knowing that those who heard it will be fed with fervent ‘Reggaeism‘ a name I gave the music of Bob and like ‘Catholicism” he was the chief shepherd, the musical Peter, the rock on which the Gospel of Bob was preached.

It was as if Bob was a preacher and he delivered his sermon is song, a modern day David as in the scriptures. Songs after songs, his music was like religion to the oppressed and to those whose burden was heavy and needed music as a sacrament. Bob knew that his success was not to be measured in record sales, but conversion of souls, souls that felt his music and was stirred by the message. He was that kind of a man. Bob was a prophet and we, as doubters and unbelievers, had him amongst us and did not pay attention.

…”tell the children the truth…”

…’none but ourselves can free our minds…”

…’when one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open…”

Prophetic as his words were, they were beyond the understanding of those that heard. Who would have understood what he meant when he said “tell the children the truth” or ‘none but ourselves can free our mind”? People in Jamaica only felt the music that carried the lyrics , sang the songs and repeated them as they would any song. 34 years later that message is just reaching home and now when we sing his songs, its a psalm, not just music for the ears. Its a prayer, not just a another reggae song. 34 years later the world took notice and now admits , privately or otherwise, that yes this man was a musical prophet.

Bob was in a universe all by himself. His universe was one destined by his creator and built by Bob with his musical genius , a genius that weaved words together and were spoken like a prayer with a musical intonation. That intonation , expressed through the divine rites of Rastafarianism, and through the symbolic reverence of the  sacred herb of Kush, Bob’s universe was created where he lived daily and  hourly, refusing to be swallowed by the distractions of the world. He was the preacher who preached and those who had ears to hear, let them hear.

Bob’s universe is real, is welcoming and its very much present 34 years after his death and today, and every day, we celebrate his music sing  his lyrics and feel free. The world comes together , even for just one day, to pause and reflect on his contribution to mankind.

Great men are never respected in life, but often in death. I can say my life, 34 years later, from the time I as a young man heard his music , has been reborn. I consider my life truly blessed to have known him, seen him and heard him. Like that similar story of another prophet and healer, Bob did not feed the 5000 with fish and bread. He did one better. He fed billions of people with only his work, only his music, reaching more people than most like him and converting more people to be like him.

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JOAN RIVERS- THE HAPPY GOODBYE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every now and then we take a pause in life and reflect on someone who has passed on to the other side. Joan Rivers,  noted comedienne joined her friends and loved ones and left us to remember the special gift of the gab she had. She made us laugh at ourselves. She made us look at life for what it really is, a roller coaster ride. With Joan she said she only became successful because she said what people  thought  about but did not have the nerve or strength to say it. Well she hit it on the nail. She did say what a lot of us fear to say. Maybe we should take a lesson from the pages of her book. Never take life too seriously. There is always a place, time and space in your life to stop, pause, reflect and laugh.

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Joan Rivers 50 best zingers

  • I have no sex appeal. If my husband didn’t toss and turn, we’d never have had the kid.
  • People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.
  • I was born in 1962 … and the room next to me was 1963.
  • The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.
  • My best birth control now is just to leave the lights on.
  • I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die, they will donate my body to Tupperware.
  • My vagina is like Newark. Men know it’s there, but they don’t want to visit.
  • A man can sleep around, no questions asked. But if a woman makes 19 or 20 mistakes, she’s a tramp.
  • I wish I had a twin so I could know what I’d look like without plastic surgery.
  • I hate housework. You make the beds, you do the dishes, and six months later, you have to start all over again.
  • My husband killed himself. And it was my fault. We were making love and I took the bag off my head.
  • When I was born, my mother asked the doctor, “Will she live?” He said, “Only if you take your foot off her throat.”
  • My earliest childhood memory was watching my parents loosen the wheels on my stroller.
  • Don’t talk to me about Valentine’s Day. At my age, an affair of the heart is a bypass.
  • My breasts are so low, now I can have a mammogram and a pedicure at the same time.
  • I was the only Jewish kid in a Catholic neighborhood. They all did Hail Marys, I did Hail Murrays.
  • You know it’s time to start using mouthwash when your dentist leaves the room and sends in a canary.
  • Don’t tell your kids you had an easy birth or they won’t respect you. For years I used to wake up my daughter and say, “Melissa, you ripped me to shreds. Now go back to sleep.”
  • I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was, “The man goes on top and the woman underneath.” For three years my husband and I slept in bunk beds.
  • Princess Diana and the Queen are driving down the lane when their car is forced off the road by masked thieves. “Out of the car and hand over your jewels.” After the thieves rob them and steal their car, Diana begins to put her earrings, necklace, and rings back on. “Wherever did you hide those,” demanded the Queen. “Where do you think?” asked Diana. “Pity Margaret wasn’t here,” said the Queen. “We could have saved the Bentley.”
  • I was so ugly that they sent my picture to Ripley’s Believe It or Not and he sent it back and said, “I don’t believe it.”
  • California is druggy, druggy, druggy. If it is white and it is on the table, they are gonna sniff it. I have a friend who O.D.ed in the beauty shop on dandruff.
  • The women in California, they get scared. A guy flashes you, they go to the police, “He’s flashing! He’s flashing!” In New York, a guy flashes you, you took your embroidery hoop and played ring toss.
  • Don’t you hate McDonald’s? I heard you can’t get a job there unless you have a skin condition.
  • Stevie Wonder, that poor son of a bitch. Who’s going to tell him he’s wearing a macramé plant holder on his head
  • When the rabbi said, “Do you take this man,” 14 guys said, “She has.” My husband bought the horseback-riding story, thank God.
  • Lindsay Lohan said she wouldn’t mind being under oath because she thought Oath was a Norwegian ski instructor.
  • Elizabeth Taylor is so fat, she puts mayonnaise on aspirin.
  • If Kate Winslet had dropped a few pounds, the Titanic would never have sunk.
  • You want to get Cindy Crawford confused? Ask her to spell mom backwards.
  • I was so flat, I used to put Xs on my chest and write, “You are here.” I wore angora sweaters just so the guys would have something to pet.
  • I blame myself for David Gest. It was me who told Liza Minnelli to find herself a man who wouldn’t sleep with other women.
  • The whole Michael Jackson thing was my fault. I told him to date only 28-year-olds. Who knew he would find 20 of them?
  •  I finally found out how priests get holy water. They boil the hell out of it.
  • And since we’re all adults here, let’s be brutally honest — most babies are not actually attractive. In fact, they’re weird and freakish-looking. A large percentage of them are squinty-eyed and bald and their faces are all mushed together, kind of like Renée Zellweger pushed up against a glass window.
  • The most beautiful women in the world are always the dumbest. The most beautiful woman in the whole world, Bo Derek … This woman is an idiot. She studies for her Pap test.
  • I was dating a proctologist with a sense of humor. We’d go out for drinks, he’d go, “Bottoms up.”
  • I was dating a transvestite, and my mother said, “Marry him, you’ll double your wardrobe.”
  • I was dating a football player. He was so dumb. The man could not count to 21 unless he was naked.
  • Did you hear Tom Cruise just had a baby? He was there when it was born … He should have been there when it was conceived.
  • My sex life is so bad, my G-spot has been declared a historical landmark.
  • I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and a radio.
  • I saw my first porno film recently. It was a Jewish porno film — one minute of sex and nine minutes of guilt.
  • Not all plastic surgeons are good. My cousin went to one and told him she wanted to turn back the hands of time. Now she has a face that could stop a clock.
  • Everybody talks about multiple orgasm. Multiple orgasm — I’m lucky if both sides of my toaster pop.
  • Madonna has just lost 30 pounds — she shaved her legs.
  • On the Vanna White diet, you only eat what you can spell.
  • The one thing women do not want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband.
  • I got a waterbed, but my husband stocked it with trout.
  • Want to know why women don’t blink during foreplay? Not enough time.

Farewell Joan. We were blessed with your gift of making mankind laugh, a medicine only a few of us have the gift of giving. 

TINE TEMPAH-FRESH ARTISTE AMIDST DESPERATE STANDARDS

TINE TEMPAH-FRESH ARTISTE AMIDST DESPERATE STANDARDS

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Tine Tampah the UK’s newest export is a fresh artiste that is sadly emerging in a desperately sad and flat music standards. His debut album Demonstration is a sweet mix of urban rhythms with some interesting collaborative and powerful lyrics. Yes there are some that can be considered NSFW but it is the exception and not the rule so the expletives gives the lyrics power.

He speaks what he sees and feels and so his lyrics are relatable. Mixed with the eclectic music arrangements the album devours your mind while listening to it on your favorite MP# player. The music moves you. It gets you tapping and nodding. Its powerful.

If you are into pop/rap and eclectic music with surreal musical arrangement then download and listen to Tine. He’s now on my most played playlist.

 

 

TEN THINGS YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT BOB MARLEY

TEN THINGS YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT BOB MARLEY

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These may make you go…hmmm I didn’t know that. Well for me i was surprised in a few of the information. One thing’s for certain- Bob in his latter years became almost prophetic in his words, his lyrics only to  be manifested as truth after his death. Good read. Hope you enjoy it as much I did.

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YOU CANT PUT A BOX AROUND TALENT

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I recently discovered this talented rapper – his name is Ramaj – a rapper from Atlanta. Normally I don’t really listen to rap music as most of the artist speak of subject matters that I do not associate with. But this young man is different. His lyrics comes from a place that is deep and thought provoking. When you listen to his music you feel pain, anger, frustration, hope and joy. Why you may ask? Well like most rappers he too has a story, a compelling one too. I wont go into it. Find it out yourself and enjoy the experience. It will help you appreciate his music and maybe you can see where he is coming from and why he writes the way he writes.

Oh, when you discover him you will also see that mainstream media also refers to him as the ‘gay rapper”. Ummm what is a ‘gay rapper’? I get it. Because he happens to be gay he is automatically categorized as a ‘gay rapper”! Hmmm what if he were disabled or rich or a Mormon or a Muslim would they call him ‘Mormon Rapper”, “Disabled Rapper” or “Muslim Rapper”?…Class, race, sexuality, gender and all other categories by which we categorize and dismiss each other need to be excavated from the inside.

Society continues to disable themselves by putting a label on persons  to help them define the person. Ramaj is an ARTISTE, period. You can’t put a box around him. You can’t put a label on him . His music is rap and it also is reggae, pop, R&B, country and even the Blues.

I am a believer and I hope you are too. Ramaj is using that God given talent that he gave us all and he is putting it to good use. I hope when he stands before him at the end of his life he can say to the creator…I have no more talent left…I have used every thing you gave me…..

Go discover talent…..
http://www.reverbnation.com/ramajmuzix

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The comedy of a true genius

To have the art of comedy is to have the art of a genius. Strong words but ask yourself one question how many persons can give a joke much less take it?  You know the answer. Not much. People forget the true essence of life – and that is to live each day as simply as possible because tomorrow is not promised. We get caught up day by day with the throws of life and we forget the simple things. That is why we have to stop and refocus and come to our senses. The man who cannot smile at himself is sadly lost forever in the dark abyss of  boredom.

Red Skelton constantly reminded us that you must not take life seriously. The son of a former circus clown turned grocer and a cleaning woman, Red Skelton was introduced to showbiz at the age of seven by Ed Wynn, at a vaudeville show in Vincennes. At 10, he left home to travel with a medicine show through the Midwest, and joined the vaudeville circuit at 15.  He was the king of vaudeville, a consummate performer who immersed his whole being into his performance that allowed him to connect with his audience. Red was a master of the art of comedy. He knew the punch lines , he knew the pauses and he always performed with total audience participation.  Some of his famous one liners on marriage are:  

1. I take my wife everywhere,but she keeps finding her way back.

2. Two times a week we go to a nice restaurant, have a little beverage, good food and companionship. She goes on Tuesdays, I go on Fridays.

3. I asked my wife where she wanted to go for our anniversary.”Somewhere I haven’t been in a long time!” she said. So I suggested the kitchen.

4.  The last fight was my fault though She asked me what was on the TV. I said “Dust!”

Classic one liners to this day still being used by comedians. Good clean comedy it allowed the audience to relate and laugh if only for a few moments at themselves. When we loose these values we loose one of our basic ability to be human. We have  to stop, step back and relax no matter how hard or good it is going. Take time to remember  that when we smile we express ourselves in a way no other being on earth can do. A smile opens up our personality. It opens up our soul. It makes us human. it makes us a genius. Protect yourself with a smile.