A Rap About Sticking Your Neck Out

Here’s another little experiment:

I turned one of my statuses into a rap.

I’d love to learn a little more music theory as it was hard for me to figure out how to match lyrical flow with the beat with anything other than uniform regularity.

Why did I make this?

It’s cross training for my voice and ego.

Writing, speaking, singing, rapping and putting oneself out there in a variety of formats is great cross training for my impending future.
Just so it’s clear, in poetic outlook
I get a lot of shit for how I show up on Facebook
The effect grates on me like I’m preparing to cook
You think I’m talking wrong but it’s not in the good book

The wear and tear is not easy to bear
But I will not quit and send a flare into the air
Because heaven blessed me when I slept in its lair
You’re the slow and steady Tortoise and I’m the boastful Hare

But this time I will not sleep in the middle
I’m too hungry now and your heart is too little
I lapped you in the race and you’re my lovely second fiddle
We’re One Ocean dawg and you’re just a smaller ripple

I will not die a death of a thousand cuts
All y’all come at me and slice me in the gut
Everytime I’m knocked down I keep getting up
You can’t chain me down because I give zero fucks

One Call Away Lip Sync — Inspired by Jimmy Fallon

Inspired by Jimmy Fallon Lip Sync battles and new forms of playfulness and self-expression, I was sparked to make this 15 minutes ago and share it.

Hope you’re okay with the lack of pre-production, rehearsal and that I’ve never done this before wink emoticon

This is for all my tribe out there.

“I’m only one call away.

When you’re weak I’ll be strong

I’m gonna keep holding on

Darling, if you feel like hope is gone

Just run into my arms

I’m only one call away”

My Midnight Electronic Dance Set

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You might have seen me disparaging DJ sets in my statuses the last couple months.

It’s time to share some walking to correspond to my talking.

In the last year or two I have impromptu iPhone DJ’d a number of settings and parties to strong receptivity.

The last couple weeks I have put care and attention into building an epic midnight dance set.

It’s not mixed or beatmatched yet — I haven’t tried to learn that yet, but the set does what I believe a set should do: song selection that takes you on an energetic journey, where fancy bells, whistles, and knob induced transitions mean nothing if this fundament is not appropriately crafted.

This particular journey is designed to come bounding in with dramatic tension and then quickly turn up the heat into a raging dance party. Beckoning you to go hard, bust a move, and let it all hang out….After holding a high octane pace as the beads of sweat fall from your lovely shining foreheads and ecstatically pulsating limbs, sounds will gradually and gracefully carry you down from the mountain top into end times of ethereal stillness and recovery.

I look forward to hearing what you think.

Next I’m going to build a mellower electronic set that carries the flow of a journey but doesn’t necessarily necessitate hard dancing, followed by a set of sounds moving through heavenly embrace…a new level of expression awaits.

Self Expressing Towards Self Indulgence or Self Transcendence

Ok I’m just going to say it. Most DJs do not know how to play music that suits the crowd. In their quest for self-expression they veer so far from the set of “resonant moods” that their attempt at self-expression becomes merely self-indulgence.

I may don’t know what all those colorful knobs do, but I can make a mean dance playlist that will take people on a journey. Maybe I should take the next step and just learn how to DJ myself. Anyone want to give me an overview of what I’d need to learn to go from soul pumping playlist selection to DJ’ing for crowds?

But overall this is a bigger point than just music that fails to fully energize a party. This is about creative expression of all kinds in today’s society.

I will take a strong stance and say Howard Thurman was wrong, when he said:

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Or rather he was Half Right.

Post-modernity in its quest for individuality has swung the pendulum so far into subjectivity that most people who have bought into this worldview, have lost touch with with the world, and are lost wandering in the Jungle of self-indulgence and irrelevance.

The art and self-expression that truly moved the world was not created by looking solely inward in self-discovery. The truly culturally transformative art absorbed the cultural zeitgeist and through artistic sublimation, reflected it back to the general populace in powerful, unpredictable ways that caused people to question fundamental assumptions of their era.

Yes self-discovery and exploration is a necessary part of this process, as you must purify your ego, clean up its shadow and awaken to True Self in order to absorb reality as it truly is. Understanding it profoundly so you can metabolize its essence and create self-expressed artifacts that articulate this understanding of the world not only as it is, but as it could be, should be, and will be.

Howard Thurman was wrong.

You need to find the INTERSECTION of what makes you come alive AND what the world needs.

Subjectivity And Objectivity.
Interior and Exterior.
Problem and Solution.

Working together in harmonious feedback loops if synchronicity.

So make music of all kinds that expresses yourself, not for its own sake, but for a purpose larger than yourself. To make the world reverberate with the unique fingerprint of your essence. Align your creativity with the arc of human progress.

That is where true ALIVENESS comes from.