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Your Egyptian Chains are on!

Do you feel currently, or have felt in the past your chains are on. What do I mean by chains? Well restrictions, inhibitors. Life obstacles that prevent you living the life you may idealise. You may feel your work/career chains are on. Maybe there is emotional or mental chains that imprison your dreams, aspirations and goals. This is not a modern problem as history and this landmark song illustrates.

Dio’s Chains are on

This week, a real blast from the past. Some good old unapologetic 80’s rock. Music of pedigree though.dio, chains, chains are onThe sadly recently deceased Ronnie James Dio (formerly of Black Sabbath and Rainbow) with his self named band, created a little masterpiece that is as relevant now, as it was then. Listen here.
Egypt(the chains are on). The lyrics recount the tale of ancient Egypt, and the woes of slavery and service of the masses.

The broad story board is, that in the land of pharaohs and queens all but the divine beings are subjects, numbers, fodder if you prefer. Bound to a life of endless servitude. There chains are on!

Signs your chains are on

As I pick through the learnings, yes learnings of a thumping rock song, can you draw parallels to each of the earmarked lyrics in your existence.

“In the land of the lost horizon”. Have you ever found yourself contemplating your life. Not now but when you were all dreamy and aspirational. When the world was your oyster. Then places you visit, the career to finance your dreams. Now if you have not ticked though life boxes or at least only few. Then you realise your ritualised hamster wheel life is doing little if nothing to rekindle that youthful enthusiasm. Then yours is the land of the lost horizon.

“In the land of no tomorrows where you pray to just to end each day. chains, chains are on, dio,egyptWhere your life just slowly melts away”. So the emotion of inevitability, of routine, of just another soul crushing day. Well that is your land of no tomorrows. Because today is tomorrow and transversely tomorrow is today. That descending feeling is your life melting away.

“Maybe one day you’ll be like me free. still your chains are on”. This is the hope in your soul. Of course hope is folly without substance, without action or endeavour. Your chains are on if your life is dictated by maybes. The goal is your freedom. Your obstacles in achieving that status are your chains and your routine.

Finally “They had rainbows in there eyes”. I believe there is always a way. A non-predetermined path for us all. The art of war is to strive to find it. I find it hard to comprehend that whatever your goal. It has been in some variant achieved before. Not only achieved but catalogued by means of a book, course or various and increasing different media streams. Step by step. Ready to be replicated, twisted and formed to your own needs. The rainbows in your eyes are your goals. You may have lost sight of, or lost focus on them. But live them in every bright and vibrant spectrum your life deserves. Because your fulfilled life depends on them.

This song is a portrayal of a life typified by slavery. It may now be transposed and seen as drudgery and monotony. But in either case it is slavery of the mind, body and spirit. So what are your ‘Rainbows in your eyes’songs? Let us know here.

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Searching for your Redemption

Whether you can find redemption in yourself, or you turn to your faith (that’s spiritual and totally non denominational), or you nestle in the belonging of your significant other. Searching for your redemption and closure from circumstance that has detrimentally become a part of you, is an integral/essential part of moving forward.

So the inward search for your emotionally supportive crutch, to assimilate some good and fair reason to supress or compartmentalise your past, allowing you to move on is robotically built into all of us. To seek help, solace or counsel isn’t a sign of weakness. It is more a sign of fortitude. In desperation, there is hope and out of pain will subsequently surface pleasure and joy.

Redemption the Samm Henshaw way

The song in question that evokes this soul probing is Redemption by Samm Henshaw. A grassy, earthy, soul ridden rasping tune. It is a whole journey through the darkest of times. redemption, Samm henshawThe scouring of his own soul to find worth and purpose. The allaying of his battered and bruised being. The negativity of doubt, fear, and fatigue of his life and his purpose. His last words, are of submission and request for recognition and forgiveness, so that he can move on.

The feeling of belonging and acceptance in all of us. There are that those that will protest fervently that they find security in solitude, and their sole dependency is within themselves. redemption, joyBack slapping gratitude and transversely outcry and condemnation are a matter for themselves. This though in certain goal driven dynamics is admirable, but also inhuman. Us humans are pack animals, social beings. We are programmed to belong

To quote a famous speech from The Great Dictator. “You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate, only the unloved hate. The unloved and the unnatural”. So the essence of this post is that no matter how bad times are, or wrong we have endured or caused we all need someone or something to lean on. Not necessarily advice or mentoring, just a redemptive process of acknowledgement. Life is hard, that’s the cold hard facts for everyone to a scale. Don’t be afraid to seek support.

What is your song of redemption? Your song of needing support? I can think of numerous tracks that fit this theme. What is yours?

Redemption is just one emotion

Is there music that you feel a pure emotional draw to. Think of this premise….Music can and does affect everyday of your life, whether directly in to your mind by choice, or subliminally in every walk of life. Music can be used positively to direct, cajole and alter your whole state of mind. In my forthcoming book ‘You cant hear the planes, If you live on the flightpath’…. I will seek to create an altered state of consciousness in which we can all use to strive and succeed.

A Beans on toast approach to the world!

Well, I would of never thought a burnt piece of bread with some haricot beans covered in salt and sugar rich tomato sauce would make me think(I.e beans on toast) yeah… that’s real life. In fairness. I knew that already… that is, that we are all indoctrinated into believing stock market crashes and falls. High interest rates, low interest rates. The country in deficit.robin hood, robin hood costume, beans on toast Austerity is required. News people. ‘ITS ALL BOLLOCKS’ it doesn’t actually exist. YOUR government is rich. It is rich beyond figures you can imagine. Look at Greece… borrow, borrow and borrow some more! Are they ever going to pay that back…..eeeeeerrr! Nope! Will Greece fall and become the ashes of Europe? that’s also Nope! If they choose to subject their citizens to tax cuts, benefit cuts etc….. its because its a paper exercise…. Lets jump to the middle east, or third world Africa.. Choose you country, any one you like….Are your parliamentarians suffering from the cuts and suffering….eerrr Nope!
But lets change tact completely….oil giants (insert preferred choice here)….profits down to a noiminal $37 billion, crude oil down 25% per barrel…. job cuts are inevitable! REALLY! job cuts on $37 billion? Why, are those CEO’s not quite not rich enough, that the proles have to lose their jobs…..??? A Person who I trust in this matter more than any other is James Altulcher…read this post, his far more qualified than me to speak.

Beans on toast

So we finally get to the song that’s the ignition behind this boiling point of a blogpost (rant).
A folk singer under the pseudonym of Beans on Toast,beans on toast, rolling up the hill rolling up the hill” width=”300″ height=”107″ class=”alignleft size-medium wp-image-433″ />Very raw, very uncompromising, but very to the point….well worth a listen if you like violently strummed acoustic guitar and a real souly harmonica. The track in question is Robin hood costume. The taking from the rich to give to the poor rhetoric. Is it deeply socialist of me? no, not really its just fair. You , me and all of us are being conned, kept down and subjugated! I’ve used the following quote before but it deserves a second airing:- Osho said “No society wants you to be wise, It is against the investment of all societies”

….and for desert

As a supporting good read, I really became engrossed in Revolution by Russell Brand. Now you can question his motives and financial funding,revolution, russel brand but the premise is good. It’s conclusion, is the utopian ideal of equality. Which will never happen, because sadly we are all enveloped into the gerbil wheel of finance and economy. But it’s a good fairytale.

Well rant over…. but what is your rebellion song, your revolution song or just a plain f**k you song? let us know!

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Not as patient as an angel!

Having the commodity of patience in abundance, means you can remain calm, In the face of adversity. Even when you’ve been waiting like what feels like forever or dealing with something so painstakingly slow or trying to teach someone how to do something, that they just don’t get. It involves acceptance and tolerance. The ability to be as patient as an angel. Well I’m impatience personified, and it would be tensioning the tendons and ligaments of truth to say I handle this emotion well.

Lets put it in layman’s terms. We all have 24 hours per day. In that we are all equal. However the amount of 24 hour periods is a little more open to hope and inquiry. So time is a wasting. The to musical opposites in question are, and in the blue corner is “I want it all (and I want it now)” by Queen. Freddie Mercury a man that you could argue, lived his life excessively and paid the price. In the red corner Patience of Angels by Eddie Reader. A beautiful lyrically crafted meander through a life of anonymity, repetition and hope. As with everything there is possibly a measured and counter balanced response. On this issue however the fence is to splintery and abrasive on my derriere, that I can only fall on one side.

So I’m a blue corner thinker. how long have I got on this ragged patch of earth? Unanswerable and unknown. patience, virtueHave I got time therefore to waste, dither, procrastinate, pontificate on the circumstances around me. Do I have time to allow the planets to align. Maybe I do, maybe I don’t? But waiting isn’t going to achieve anything. But the more analytical of you. The planners, the prodders and the calculators. Would see no method in this impulsive madness. The horizon can only be seen, when a sturdy platform, on firm footings has been erected to get a pure salient perspective of the horizon and all the beauty it holds. Alternatively bumped, broken, shamed and bruised encounter after encounter (not diminishing all the life experience along the route) you wake up one day, beaten to submission or joyous in a journeys end.

buffering, waiting, patienceThis is not about money, not about status or stature its about your Elysium on earth. The plateau where all your (and yours alone) satisfactions is met. I’m trying to find a balance of the 2 valuable enemies and allies. I would glean far more life credits in thinking that I threw everything and failed, than If I had all the tent poles erected but never the canvas.

So the advocacy here is patience may well be a virtue, It maybe a waste of time? “I was waiting for something extraordinary to happen but as the years wasted on, nothing ever did unless I caused it.” – Charles Bukowski. Impulsive people that are not as patient as an angel. They are just balls out, pigeon hole failure as the way not to do things, and deal with what life hurls at them. I am not so enveloped in wisdom that I have any definitive answer.

But an equation on our lives for the numerically ordered amongst us is one day waiting = one non-refundable day gone. I found this opinion and thought provocation from music. What life lessons have you learnt from music?

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Fight song yourself to a better place!

If you’re pissed off. You want to blow off steam, maybe even break something. Then Fight song yourself to a better place. Sometimes you’re not looking to calm down just yet; you want to fuel the fire. This song is guaranteed to do just that. It’ll help your blood reach its boiling point. Because regardless of all the health, medical and spiritual advice spiralling in the ether, anger is a human emotion like it or not.

Use the following diatribe as recognition that why hate and anger is indeed destructive, and arguably potentially wounding to no other than yourself. It is also the polar opposite to Peace and Harmony. marilyn manson, fight song, anger, societyA popular script is to truly appreciate the good times, you would of had to experience the bad. So in this parallel to enjoy peace, you have to experience anger. So Let it all out to everyone that’s ever f**cked you off Fight Song by Marylin Manson.

Society Breeds hate


Well indeed it does, No hatred, anger or frustration would exist if it were not product of the world around us. What is your boiling point? Is it money, Is it prejudice or intolerance. Maybe it is the ineptitude of nothing more than simplistic human failing, that in your own eyes is tantamount
to hearecy itself.osha, society Osho said “No society wants you to be wise, It is against the investment of all societies” So you become subjugated, Suppressed by systems, taxes, governments. Fortunately a few amongst us rise against such human injustice. These people were angry once. When the anger has subsided, then rationality and purpose are born out of rage. But to find that talisman anger is a significant part of that journey. In the song in question the battle cry is “I’m not a slave to a God that doesn’t exist, But I’m not a slave to a world that doesn’t give a s**t”. Its just a step into what is reality for the vast and overwhelming majority of the worlds population. If your gonna get angry, may as well pick a big target.

Angry sportsman can be wrong


Anger isn’t all bad. Sports psychology will concur power, strength, determination and sheer will to conquer fellow man in the form of music will add fervour to the battle ahead. Sir Clive Woodward played “lose Yourself” by Eminem to his England Rugby team before a World Cup final, to hammer home the last chance saloon symphony.Stand or fall, live or die trying mindset.lewis moody, moody, mad dog, england,rugby If I recall correctly and with much fondness I believe England won that world cup. Was it because of a song? What science can ever ascertain such a fact or degree of importance. But one thing is for certain, a little measured anger didn’t hurt now did it!

So If its a Fight Song, An anger Song or just a letting off steam song. Because its healthier to let it out than blow a gasket letting it rumble unattended inside. What’s your go to f**k you song. I’m convinced we all have them, no matter how fervently you may deny it so what’s it to be?

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Get rhythm for those new year blues!

So you are dragging yourself internally screaming through week one of a new year, and the human combustion engine is beginning to chug and misfire. Now is the time to get rhythm for those new year blues. It is the cornerstone and chemistry of what musicpsyche.com is all about.Party over, get rhythm, blues, country, musicpsyche Using music to create an altered state in your mind to propel you in whatever direction you need. In this scenario, Lets ringfence those midweek blues and with the sheer feelgood factor of some magical rhythm n’blues/country hybrid, get some dopamine pumping through your neural network.

Get rhythm, Country music isn’t all sad!

Well for a start the featured song, and inspiration for this post isn’t pure country Get rhythm – Ry Cooder. It’s got the blues, its got country and some lowdown whining gritty bluegrass for good measure. Combine this with some foot tapping, head dipping, a few hell yeahs and a few internal lasso sweeps and those clouds of blues are now blue skies. Its just catchy, simple, guitar plucking joyous melody. No frills, just knee slapping euphoria in a tune.

So pick yourself up, get rhythm and let’s go!

A couple of blasts of this bad boy, and you’ll be re-packaged and refreshed. No need for caffeine, sugar or any other artificial stimulants. You’ll just be flooding the old noggin with the good stuff, 100% natural endorphins!get rhythm, happy, positive, musicpsyche So whether its monotony, repetition, or just holiday season fallout. The mad scientific genius of music can re-focus your mind. There are an insurmountable number of reasons and out of your control influencers that can steer you down the blue road of life. But the cure to a recurring negative thought process is totally free, open all hours and yours at the merest touch of a play button. What is your dopamine charged happy positive anthem? Its always good to stack up your music armoury with new unaware of material. Let us know here.

Remember when the blues come Get rhythm, Get life!

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New Year’s Let it be Words of Wisdom

Well its that time of year again, Another year gone, another starts. So let’s have some New year’s let it be words of wisdom. Let it be! Get your pencil sharpened, your eraser even readier, and lets start that list of resolutions. Or, lets not! There are hundreds if not thousands of resolution and positivity monkeys out there. Ready and willing to peddle you their wares, their systems their formulas for new year success. But I’m going to attack this subject from a very conciliatory, base camp kind of angle.

Lets start by stating for the record, clearly and concisely that the 31st January (or wherever your denomination chooses to allocate new year.0e660feddc59f6951e23d1fc7bad75f4 Its a con, a roués, A commercial fall frontal attack on the relevance of one day, to generate more income. It matters not a jot. The day you call time on the past and move on to whatever your venture or calling is, is whatever day you want it to be.

So your hopes and aspirations are no the content of this post. The core subject matter is drawing a line from where you are now. Parcelling up what has gone, understanding and accepting that how you revise, repair of even disregard it. It will never be as it was. I’m not for a single second belittling or simplifying the dereliction of your past. But highlighting the basic human need to move forward with purpose, and without energy sapping baggage.

Your past is your past. This post is a considerably heartfelt wrench through my own social history. So rest assured I write from pure experience. Not from re-purposed content. Not from trolling through hectares of self-help dirge.

So given the fact a date has no relevance. Why now! Some would say a bit hypocritical. Some, are more than welcome to their opinion. But as always a song I heard over this period of time brought this outpouring of emotion to light. But that is only one third of the story. Two thirds of this post have its roots in movies, and fictitious ones at that!

The first is Love Actually. The scene is of unrequited impossible love that exists in one but not the other protagonist. Its that moment of release and unburdening of your feelings, that allow you to move on. 6f83cc2d94898871a32cd857b109bea5The context of the scene is One man’s love, for another’s wife. But the salient point is I’ve bared my soul. I can do no more. Its time to move on.

“Enough now. Enough”.

The second is a little known film called ‘Star Wars-The Force Awakens’. Before the scoffing starts. No, I’m not perched over my keyboard dressed as a stormtrooper, neither is my light sabre at hand. Maz_Kanata_VDIn fact it is Sentence or to that is so pinpoint accurate its quite significant and self propelling.

“The belonging you seek is not behind you, it is in front of you”.

You can tinker, reprise, repair or disregard what has gone before. But you CAN’T change it. It is scientifically impossible. So call an end to it. There are probably endless metaphors to encompass this. But this seems pretty apt “mental baggage slows you down”.
So to the Music. The track that hopefully compels you to re-evaluate, re-organise or just plain old brush the ghosts of the past away, allowing you to tread the boards of you own onward stage. “Let it be” “>>by The Beatles.
Its anthemic, It’s spiritual, its rousing….in short a true Classic. The two verses that really pull my dampened heart strings are the following:-

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“..and when all the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be

For though they may be parted
There is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be”

There it is. Hope, faith and forward momentum. Please excuse the religious denomination of ‘Mother Mary’. Just replace that with your own inner strength, your person to lean on, or religious icon of your choice. This song is for everyone.

In my opening foray. I did somewhat unfairly deride the anti-procrastination, positivity brigade. But in fairness amongst the charlatans and hawkers there is truth and there is gold in them there hills. You can not achieve anything without effort or determination. So dump the saddle bags of the past and move on.

It may well be new years eve at midnight of any random significant juncture in your life. But as Les Brown, a highly credible self motivator states:-

“Find out what it is you want, and go after it as if your life depends on it. Why? Because it does,”

So have a happy significant year, and lifetime when ever you choose to start. Take it from embittered personal experience. Its not easy. But it is ultimately necessary.

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Christmas is such a crappy concept!

Where to begin with Christmas? Is it religious, or some conjugated commercial fraud? They seem to be the extremes and bedrocks of the argument, and counter argument. Which is why Modern Christmas is such a crappy concept! Now if religious text is to be believed, and Jesus Christ our saviour was born. Thus setting the wheels in motion of giving gifts in praise and honour of the lord. maxresdefault (3)_623x715Fair enough! But no proof exists of this, well apart from beliefs, doctrines and stories. But no proof really, just faith. But for all those that buy into the most widely read story of all time (especially in western culture), All power to you. If you truly believe this, then who am I to cast doubt upon your aspersion.

But in fairness lets look at what Christmas really is in modern day culture. A whole mismatch and correlation of dysfunctional families (and friends) that are forced upon each other to celebrate the yule tide by exchanging unwanted and un-needed gifts that waiver in value to the worthiness (in your eyes) of the recipient. Tolerance is the overriding theme of such a joyous occasion, Where we stretch ligaments and tendons to their limits to accommodate the various cornucopia of personality clashes.

Lets break it down shall we, a Christmas tree! Where was that in the scriptures. Well it wasn’t. Not even the most devout’ would lay claim that Jesus himself had any association, allegiance or commercial venture with the cultivation of the Fir tree Industry. Nobody is really sure when Fir trees were first used as Christmas trees. It probably began about 1000 years ago in Northern Europe, and is fairly safe to assume
that it has no direct incantation with the (allegedly) true meaning of Christmas. In the U.S alone Christmas tree sales represent over 1 billion dollars. Far cry from a manger and 3 wise men.

A step further forward, and I’m no vegetarian. But to quote George Orwell’s Animal farm ” all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others”Try telling that to the Turkey. Well obviously conjecture will exist to when and why the Turkey represents Christmas, but a popular theory is that HenryVIII started the tradition. Again not a direct descendant of Jesus Christ. In addition and apart from beheading wives. He Invented A religion to suit his own criteria. So perhaps not overly endowed in (manufactured) Christmas spirit.

This little potted history, brings me neatly to the music that inspired this jovial jibe at the commercial tomfoolery and nonsense that is Christmas Corey Taylor – X-M@$. Yes Corey Taylor of Slipknot fame. Admittedly not someone immediately synonymous with the season of good will. corey taylor xmasBut raises some very pertinent points, that we all financially and emotionally support, that are a fair few million miles away from Bethlehem. Lets take a few. “If I ain’t drunk, then it aint Christmas”. Even if you are complicit in being a little merry or tipsy through alcohol (or other substances) alone, during the festive period. Shame on you….Frankincense, gold and myrrh where the gifts. No presence of a JD & Coke anywhere.

Now this song is a tirade, a rant and unashamedly full of expletives. But there is a point. This is the salient part. Maybe its the sobering part, because Christmas is as intrinsically linked to alcohol and over consumption as it is to Christmas Trees and Turkeys.

A further line of scripture from said song is “I think collectively as a people, should rise against this corporate jolly noise, Lets buy some peace and quiet for a change, before we spend it all on f**king toys”

Christmas is corporate, it is commercial. A church that advertises a service of Midnight Mass is buying into the economic culture. lady_begging_outside_church_by_abadalweb-d2bqiikThere is poverty, Starvation, Torture, Cruelty throughout the world, and lets not forget the plain old sad and lonely during this time. In direct opposition A scalable idea of the retail boom of Christmas gifts, is indicated by 13 Billion pounds by Amazon alone. Now I’m not Bob Geldof. I’m not banging my ‘Feed the world’ drum, or rolling my needy causes bandwagon right through your computer screen. But be honest people. If you want a jolly up through a synthetic period of time known as ‘Christmas’ (even though it bares no resemblance to its own original tenuous routes) then all power to you.

If in contrast you take a solemn religious overview of this time, I absolutely respect your beliefs and religious leanings.

But churches and religions are as morally bereft of social conscience, as are corporate money swelling giants. this-beautiful-random-act-of-kindness-was-photographed-give-this-awesome-guy-a-like-for-caring-600x390So try to abolish from this time in whatever measure you see fit, these 3 words. GREED, GLUTONY & SELFISHNESS. “Have a nice day” & “How are you” are as precious and enveloping as any infantile gesture tainted with ‘Merry Christmas’……and don’t even get me started on ‘Happy New Year”!! What’s so significant about the 31st January, or Jewish new year, or Chinese new year. Its a day, a number gives it no significance whatsoever.

Just be nice, spread some joy and love (with or without) the Christmas prefix, It doesn’t even have to be money orientated!…..Happy end of December everyone!

If you have any comments, please add them below. If you have a favourite song or playlist you wish to share. I will share it with everyone I can. At no cost to you…..My December gift.

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Take the easy option, just give up!

So you’ve had enough. To many obstacles, insurmountable barriers. So you procrastinate. So you feel the fear, and do it anyway as in the best selling book. Or Not as the case may be. So the fight is over, you can just take the easy option and just give up. Now isn’t that better? All the stress, toil and effort is redundant. Indifference then enters stage left. I tried, I failed….so what. Then slowly the growth of those feelings of failure rear there considerably ugly head. This is the natural human course. When sufficient time has passed, then the analytical side of your brain seeks closure. How close were you? Were you at the last hurdle and exhausted to the point of finishing line blindness. Well you’ll never now will you?

Wise words indeed. Probably bordering on preachy or self righteous. But this is the exact opposite of what I really believe. Now to the people that really know me, I’m going through some very challenging emotional times and the above example is a road i’ve been taking time and time again, in a headless chicken method of resolving my problems. All this thinking was brought to fruition and cohesion by the song “Don’t give up by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush”. When the key people in my life stumble across this post, there will be a fair share of scoffing at my expense. I haven’t seen the woods for the trees. Haven’t seen what’s in front of me, and the strength and bond it provides. The are several parts of this song that epitomize
what they say, but the hearing of it becomes diffused due to the emotional ardour.

75d390c845d4829911449a3c9b9f97f1For example:-
Don’t give up
’cause you have friends
Don’t give up
You’re not beaten yet
Don’t give up
I know you can make it good

I’m repeatedly told this, but there are internal barriers that prohibit this faith and strength in the people around me to manifest in myself. There isn’t anything that is easy. You have to earn easy. This is my time in the trenches earning it and this song has helped me to appreciate that. The people closest to me have willingly volunteered themselves to lean on. But due to inept reasoning and childish male pride shun it. So thank you Mr.Gabriel you have truly opened my eyes.

The human spirit is as strong as it is weak. this next verse for me emblazons that we don’t necessarily need things, but we need warmth, we need security. we need hope and belief. Faith if you prefer but for me, not in a religious sense. In that someone loves you, above all else. They see your pain. They cant take that away, but they can swaddle you, and give you the belief to not only overcome, but to hold your hand through the troubled waters unconditionally. This one verse encompasses devastation and hope in one verse.tumblr_maly8ppZUY1rzjvjio1_500

As daylight broke, I saw the earth
The trees had burned down to the ground
Don’t give up
You still have us
Don’t give up
We don’t need much of anything
Don’t give up

So to those who know who they are….. a thank you, for everything. I love you with all my heart. But the message is, although this is a little biopic of my life is listen to this song. DO NOT give up! Whatever turmoil, emotional pain, strain or bereavement. Solace exists in the people around you. You just need to show your weakness and accept the kindness and love of others. Its an embittered world. But your network is out there. You just have to let it take the strain for you occasionally. Its not weakness, its support so do not give up. The clouds will eventually disperse have faith in the people that care for you.

But give the whole song a listen….its lyrical genius. There is something for everyone in there.Do you have a similar story, or a song that denotes a stage or moment in your life… a pinnacle and poignant reminder of good or bad times? If so let us know. Music is a wondrous thing it can evoke a whole plethora of human emotion and we’d love to know yours.

Car Crash on the Desert Island

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Lee Jacobs will never be on Desert Island Discs! But his life is stunning in its lack of intensity or direction. His is a short story, of a short life so far. Everybody has a story, and his is amusing in a very black comedic way. Not a rags to riches story by any means. But certainly a story to be read as a cautionary tale.. A car crash on the desert island. So who is Lee Jacobs? Well this is his short bio, and 5 (I will never be on Desert Island discs) song choices.

Well, welcome to the tedium of my life to date. This is not to say that things won’t change. Its not to say I don’t have dreams and aspirations. But to date, my life at the age 30 is a bit of a car crash! Both personally and financially. I hold absolutely nobody responsible for these events other than myself. I am fully accountable for the many failures so far. So here goes:- Average family, average schooling. Passed some exams, failed others due to my sheer indifference to schooling. At 17 I became an apprentice bookkeeper. 2 weeks in ‘shoot me please’. So perhaps clerical wasn’t for me. Took up a carpentry apprenticeship. Numerous injuries and total inability for any precision led me to believe perhaps a craftsman’s trade wasn’t for me either. Now getting older apprenticeships weren’t an option. Bar work was the way forward. From bar to bar each for small increments in hourly rate. A Turkey packing factory, fruit picking, Early morning office cleaning, all further low lights. Building site labouring, 6 weeks of back breaking pain. Several commission only sales jobs (where I received little or no training). Also had stints at fast food outlets and shelf stacking at supermarkets. In between all this spent all I earned, had some wild times along the way. But to date that’s me.

….and My 5 favourite tracks are:-

House of Jealous Lovers by The Rapture Dance Music and Punk all rolled into one. Just one of those songs that in a period of time. You hear it everywhere, and in my mostly alcohol induced state of the time, always made me get up and dance (of sorts!)festivalx

Evil by Interpol I first see this song on video, and remembered it because it was so creepy. Bizarre song that I still don’t fully understand. But meanders along then explodes into life.

Pure Shores by All Saints From one of my favourite films ‘The Beach’ Super Sultry!

Run by Snow Patrol The most mind blowing anthem live. Festival Music at its absolute best. Chills, real hairs on the back of the neck stuff. Belted it out to the point of exhaustion.

Mad World By Gary Jules Notable in my mind as the most depressing Christmas song ever. Dressed up as poignant, and thought provoking. I just thought it was dull to the point of life ending.

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