Monday, 30 June 2014

Welcome home. . . see I made a space for you now . . .

When I think about New Zealand music, I think a lot about Dave Dobbyn.
For me in the time growing up in suburban Auckland, I grew up around cousins who were huge fans of Hello Sailor! and DD Smash.  In my mind he is one of the few artists that I love, whose voice continues to strike chords (no pun intended) within me as his voice matures with age.  I also love the fact that he is a singer/songwriter and his songs are about love, moments that reflect life and the ideals of how a person can be.

There's the cloud the full length of these isles
Just playing chase with the sun
And its black and its white and its wild
All the colours are one

Welcome Home makes me think about being in a strange land, far away from home and how you can feel that sense of belonging again by the people who have included you in their local, regional and national communities.  I reflect on my own parents and their migration to this land.  I can't imagine how they must have felt, coming to a new country for work, with their hopes and dreams packed quite tightly in their suitcases, their clothes not well equipped for the drastic change in weather and not being able to communicate confidently in a foreign language.

Tonight I am feeling for you
Under the state of a strange land
You have sacrificed much to be here
There but for grace as I offer my hand

As a Pasifika woman, I am acutely aware of honouring my bi-cultural responsibilities and obligations to Māori in Aotearoa.  It is a daily and challenging task - not for me personally - but for the contexts in which I interact in - I might be expected to give a Māori perspective in a meeting if I am the only person perceived to have "culture" in the room.  It is a daily and challenging task - because in order for you to be able to take on board how to honour Māori, you need to understand their history, their present and most importantly their aspirations for the future. You might be thinking - why is that important for me to know?

There's a woman with her hands trembling - haere mai
And she sings with a mountain's memory - haere mai

To be plain and simple - the bi-cultural relationship between Maori and Pakeha to me, signals that all ethnic groups who are "non-Maori" are known as Pakeha.  This means that for me, that Pakeha encompasses all other cultures in Aotearoa that are not descended from Māori heritage or not indigenously Māori.  We must live and honour this bi-cultural relationship that has historical precedence and relevance as our nation's founding document - if we are to truly embrace our multicultural diversities.

So welcome home, I bid you welcome, I bid you welcome
Welcome home, from the bottom of my heart. . .

I couldn't say the words. . .

There is a lot to be said, or unsaid, the power of words when they are spoken, or the power of silence when they are not.  There is heaviness that seeps into words, the longer you leave the power of words in the air when they are spoken, or the missed opportunities to mean what you say, but you lack the courage to do so, so words elude you.

Dave Dobbyn's Language with its driving rhythmic guitar in the opening bars give you a sense of urgency with the accented beats of the bar.  The countermelody of lead guitar in the chorus helps to give colour with the careful layering.

My hands are tied
Oh I could be a victim
When my tongue wouldn't move
You have it tied with your heart strings

You often think about those moments where you wish you could've have said something.  You overthink the words that you think you want to say, but sometimes even words fail you because if they're already tied to someone else's heart strings, then it's almost as if you're waiting for them to say something.  It's like you're waiting for them to reciprocate feelings from the heart, which would then in turn help to loosen your own tongue and allow it to move freely.

Your hands are cold
That's why I try to constrain you
Now my words are cursed
Ember from the ashes

The juxtaposition here between the heat from the ashes that you have, plus the hands of the cold individual.  But if you think about it, you can rise from the ashes like phoenix.  You can have the opportunity for the words to be reborn, get a second chance to try again, even if you think that your words are cursed - because they didn't last as long as you wanted the previous time.

One day a heap on the ground
Next day I'm so proud today - 
Haven't got a clue. . .

The indecision and the impossible feelings of confusion - the conflicting emotions that you have to deal with - what a mess.  How will you manage it?  How will you be able to articulate what you're thinking and feeling when you're enacting all of these emotions - or at least trying to figure it out?  You're a different personality or character everyday and it's the little mundane things in life that are starting to trigger you to spiral out of control. . .

When I needed you the most I couldn't find the language
When I needed you more I couldn't say the words. . . 

If you lack the language or the words to communicate, you will have to teach yourself how to communicate, because people can't do it for you.  Language and words, words and language - whatever stops us from communicating and saying what we mean and meaning what we say - it can't happen without first being able to think what language and words we need to say.

When I needed you more
I couldn't say a word
Couldn't say a word. . . 

Thursday, 26 June 2014

In the middle of the night. . .

I'm having trouble sleeping (tonight anyway) and I think it's because my mind is overrun by so many things (brain just in overdrive) and sometimes the quiet solitude helps you to digest the events of the day, the week, the month, reflect on the year thus far.

I first came across River of Dreams by Billy Joel when it was released in 1993.
Back then, I smile when I think about the music catalogue club that I belonged to as a hungry musician, eager for new music and buying music of singer/songwriters who inspired me with their lyrics and musicianships.  You will have noticed if you regularly read what I write, that I am a huge Billy Joel, as I've written about a few of his songs.  This song was particularly memorable for me because there was so much change going on for me at the time that it was released - the numerous additions to family (three weddings), school (life in general) and it was the centenary of women's suffrage in Aotearoa.  Thank you Kate Sheppard and the other pioneering women for your persistence, foresight and such a strong sense of self-belief to think about the equal rights of women and their entitlement to vote.

I must be looking for something
Something sacred I lost
But the river is wide
And it's too hard to cross

However, in relation to this song for today's focus, the search for a sense of purpose (as Kate Sheppard discovered) is still to me - a continuing and recurring theme in what I do on a daily basis, how I think and feel on a daily basis, what I see, hear and taste - in all the intended senses that living life holds.

Even though I know the river is wide
I walk down every evening and stand on the shore
I try to cross to the opposite side
So I can find what I'm looking for

This speaks to me about the fact that we are creatures of habit - we will tend to do things the same way several times, over and over, convinced that this one time, just maybe we can achieve or accomplish what we've set out to do - because we're relying on luck, or Lady Fortune to smile upon us.

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the jungle of doubt
To the river so deep

Walking through your own jungle of doubt, might mean that you get stuck in there for a period of time, until you can start trusting in yourself, and believing in yourself to be able to find other challenges like deep rivers to help cleanse the doubt.  And who's to say that when you're not asleep, that you're actually, your most conscious sense of self.

When we know what we are looking for, I often wonder, will we even recognise what it is - even when it's staring at us, point blank in the face?

I know I'm searching for something
Something so undefined
That it can only be seen
By the eyes of the blind
In the middle of the night . . . 

Search for the hero inside yourself. . .

A former student got in contact with me today and needed some inspiration.
I thought what better song to talk about your inner superhero than Search for the hero by M People. 

Sometimes the river flows but nothing breathes
A train arrives but never leaves
It's a shame
Oh, life like love that's walked out of the door
Of being rich or being poor
Such a shame

At times we can get bogged down by what life deals out to us or maybe what we allow to be dealt to ourselves.  We may find that life happens to us, rather than us making things happen in our lives. The inner struggles that people face are huge in today's ever changing and constantly moving world, but the expectations, obligations and commitments remain the same - but still continue to grow beyond the human imagination.

How do we continue to maintain our sense of self and rise above the challenges, issues that need tissues and the general capacity for people to move their problems onto you to solve?  What is it that you need to unlock within yourself?  Why is it important to dig that much deeper?

In this life, long and hard though it may seem
Live it as you'd live a dream
Aim so high
Just keep the flame of truth burning bright
The missing treasure you must find . . . 

I've been having conversations with people lately about their own personal struggles and what it is that they want to have happen, but they seem to come up against some brick walls about how to make that important change to live their dreams.  What is your truth that you hold dear to you?  What is the missing treasure and how do you know that this is the missing treasure that you've found when you've stumbled across it - how prepared are you to keep that flame of truth burning bright?

Because only you and you alone
Can build a bridge across the stream
Weave your spell in life's rich tapestry
Your passport to a feeling supreme

In order for you to make an impact in what you've chosen to do with your life, you need to start with yourself.  Don't compare yourself with what other people are doing and how they're doing it.  Your life is actually about you and the choices that you make.  It has nothing to do with how what they do, impacts on your own life - unless you've shaped it that way.  So take control of your own destiny, make plans, have some goals and be determined to reach them, before somebody else sabotages them for you.  

You've got to search for the hero inside yourself
Search for the secrets you hide
Search for the hero inside yourself
Until you find the key to your life. . . 

Being real with yourself and really knowing who you are and what you can contribute in your lifetime, will definitely steer you in the right direction - forward.  We can't spend our time living in the past - we can acknowledge and learn from what has happened to continue to live in the now.  But we can't forget that what we do now - also affects our future and where we want to be.
Make visible, what you want as your reality.  Otherwise you will never find the key to your life. . .

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

We ain't ever gonna be respectable. . .

Take or leave us only please believe us
We ain't ever gonna be respectable. . . 

Who didn't love Mel & Kim if you were a child of the 80s?  They were a sister duo act from England, the brainchild of Stock Aitken & Waterman who were responsible for other notable 80s and early 90s acts like Rick Astley and Kylie Minogue.

It's our occupation 
We're a dancing nation
We keep the pressure on every night
Explanations are complications
We don't need to know the where or why

I love this song because it's a feel good dance song that doesn't put on airs.  It symbolises to me the importance of knowing yourself and being true to yourself.  It brings to mind for me the idea that if you're going to work hard, you might as well play hard as well.

Taking chances
Bold advances
Don't care if you think we're out of line
Conversation is interrogation
Get out of here
We just don't have the time

You only have one life to live, so if there are chances to be taken, and bold advances to be made, then do it.  I don't know about you, but I really do hate conversations with people where they use them to interrogate you, to find out information about you in an underhanded way - rather than just coming right out with it and asking without concealing their true intentions.  To each their own I guess, but I think plain speak allows people to use their time for more productive things - rather than decoding sentences in a conversation. Like Billy Joel has said in another song - I don't want clever conversation, I never want to work that hard (depends on the situation of course).

Hesitation is just frustration
Give us the music and we're all right
On each occasion for your information
We can look after ourselves all night

When people try to step in and try to take care of you when it's not the place - it's flattering - but unnecessary.  Their time could be better spent being themselves.  If you have a 'protector' figure in your life - you can tell them in no uncertain terms, thanks, but no thanks - I'm alright.

Fascination is our sensation
We like to put ourselves on the line
Recreation is our destination
So don't wait up for us tonight 

In the times that you are out and about, playing hard in between working hard, please don't be a burden to others.  You can put yourself on the line, but take responsibility for yourself so that you don't have to be "that" person that brings all their "mates" and forever be a pariah for bringing those unwanted mates to social occasions.  To cut a long story short - at social events - be you - but don't make it about you.

Take or leave us only please believe us
We ain't ever gonna be respectable. . . 

Friday, 20 June 2014

Everybody wants to rule the world . . .

It's early days yet in Aotearoa, but we are in election year.

There was a lovely Polish proverb that a colleague shared with me (it was translated into English) that talks about how when people try to drag you into their world of problems, just repeat to yourself "Not my circus, not my monkeys".  If you're a reader from Poland, I would love to know what the Polish proverb sounds like!

Welcome to your life; there's no turning back
Even while we sleep we will find
You acting on your best behaviour
Turn your back on mother nature
Everybody wants to rule the world 

Tears for Fears
and this iconic 1980s classic Everybody wants to rule the world immediately brought Simon Bridges to mind and his latest conservation nightmare with the Maui dolphins, when I saw the line turn your back on mother nature.  The life of a politician must be an extremely difficult one.  There is rarely any praise that is afforded to you because it's much more interesting to hear what you haven't done (broken promises, or broken election promises - check this in October) and if you have done something well, you can probably expect to congratulate yourself in the mirror without any pomp and circumstance.

It's my own desire, it's my own remorse
Help me to decide, Help me make the most

I sometimes wonder if world leaders think about what they do when they lead their nations.  Do they really make decisions that really benefit their people?  I think about the above lines and depending on which side of the fence you're watching from (left - centre left - centre right - right - or completely underneath or completely over the top - if we are to believe the headlines in the newspapers, if they are anything to go by); your perspective informs your actions.  Of course - that's a total given.  Tell us something new.  But this is why I love this song.  If I take just the top lines into account - the common word in all of those lines is "my" and "me".

Help me to decide, Help me make the most
Of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever

The wistfulness is belied by the final set of lyrics below that I think sums up the current climate in Aotearoa about who to vote for in the upcoming election.  The sheer frustration of voters about what tomorrow brings, because of scary decisions that need to be made today.

I can't stand this indecision
Married with a lack of vision
Everybody wants to rule the world.

And she's dancing like she's never danced before . . .

Locking rhythms to the beat of her heart, changing woman into life
She has danced into the danger zone, when a dancer becomes a dance

I've often thought about these and wondered how you could far you can let yourself go, release yourself with such abandon that you can't tell anymore where you start and end.  The tempo of Maniac by Michael Sembello lends itself to a frenetic pace, propelling you forward whether you like it or not into the unknown, planned or unplanned.  Morphing or even awakening the slumbering woman, the danger zone signals this new frontier.

The treble oscillation perpetuates the urgency.  The synthesiser such a major instrument of the 80s, electronica was in, at it seems to have never faded away with the retro revival brought about by such bands as Daft Punk (but not that What Does The Fox Say guy, that's a whole 'nother level).  Did you know (here's a weird piece of trivia) that this track was originally intended for a horror movie?  That's scary.  The pre-chorus continues to hold that sense of urgency in the following lyrics:

It can cut you like a knife, if the gift becomes the fire
On a wire between will and what will be

The lyrics speak to me about if you aren't careful with yourself, your gift or lack of care with your gift could determine the success of you - that determines what will and what will be.  It takes a lot of energy and focus to maintain your balance and perspective about how to use your gift (whatever it may be) if it consumes you or ignites you.

You work all your life for that moment in time, it could come or pass you by
It's a push of the world, but there's always a chance
If the hunger stays the night

Depending on the type of person that you are - if you are anxious about your future and what it brings or your plan everything down to the last detail, moments in time are critical.  These lyrics seem to suggest that the world may conspire against you in the commitment of how that moment in time transpires.  So how to work around this . . . you could . . .  just give in to any and all moments in time really . . . because if the world keeps pushing, moments in time won't be discernible anymore but push into each other like tectonic plates, starting off really slow and then momentum builds until it becomes something new or causes an event to happen.  Whatever you decide to do, it's ok to rage once in a while.

She's a maniac, maniac I sure know
And she's dancing like she's never danced before. . .

Friday, 13 June 2014

Livin' my life like it's golden . . .

I'm taking my freedom
Pulling it off the shelf
Putting it on the chain
Wear it around my neck

No truer words could come from the stunningly beautiful Jill Scott in this track Golden.
I've been a huge fan of her work for a long time, from her debut album that my dear friend Mana introduced me to (A Long Walk is a favourite karaoke song of mine too!).

When I think of gold - I think of it being a precious metal, highly coveted by its owner, stored in safe places away from thieving hands.  It also reminds me of the coming of age novel The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.  "Stay gold" is one of the famous phrases from the book that I love.

I'm taking my own freedom
Putting it in my song
Singing loud and strong
Grooving all day long

I love the groove in this track.  The piano dancing along and improvising in the background with its solo adds more appeal to the song for me, just as Jill. It helps that the bass line helps to drive the rhythm and fill in the melodic line, together with the drums which accents the pulse quite effectively, especially with the punctuation of the last beat of each bar with the hi-hat.

I'm taking my freedom
Putting it in my stroll
I'll be high-steppin' y'all
Letting the joy unfold

Taking control of your own life and how you live it is important.
Too often we may make excuses for things that don't go our way, or blame others for our unhappiness.
My brother recently posted on his Facebook status about people who are whingers - the complainers who instead of doing something constructive with their time to either better themselves or get themselves out of their current situation that they are whinging about - who else is to blame?

I'm holding onto my freedom
Can't take it from me
I was born into it
It comes naturally

I take ownership of the freedom I have been afforded to make decisions that impact on me.
If you let someone take your freedom (I'm not talking about those people who may not be in a position to have the freedom has been denied them politically - that's a whole 'nother kettle of fish - and possibly the topic of another post. . ).

I'm strumming my own freedom
Playing the God in me
Representing His glory
Hope He's proud of me

Whoever you subscribe to, live your life of purpose and do something that makes your life golden.
Everybody can have a golden life - it just depends if you are driven to live it.

Stay gold :-)

Thursday, 12 June 2014

No time for moping around, are you kidding?

And no time for negative vibes, cos I'm winning. . .

Just Fine by Mary J. Blige is one of my favourite dance songs.
It has that contagious uplifting element to it, that makes you want to dance (or at least shoulder-dance while you're working on the computer, it's definitely one of those you can crank up full blast while you're cleaning up around the house whilst lip synching lol).

I've never been one to work quietly, I need to have music playing to keep my body moving while my brain is moving at the same time.  I remember sitting in a cafeteria when I first started studying at university and enjoying listening to the music blaring from the jukebox while writing essays by hand (yes by hand, how quickly those days have gone!)

Got my head on straight, I got my mind right
I ain't gonna let you kill it
You see I wouldn't change my life, my life's just 
Fine fine fine fine fine fine ooh! . . .

It is very easy to be distracted by things, people and activities that block you from reaching your goals.
The power that people have over you is because you allow them to have it.

The bridge of the song provides some more melodic focus to the song as Mary performs some prolific vocal gymnastics:
I ain't gonna let nothing get in my way
No matter what nobody has to say. . .

It's not about standing on people to get what you want, it's about maintaining that focus to achieve your goals - you don't need to stand on people if your focus is the goal.

It's been a long week, I put in my hardest
Gonna live my life, feels so good to get it right

If you're workaholic, I hope you play just as hard.
I'm a huge believer in working hard and playing hard.
At times we will veer off the beaten track, well it's a beaten track because so many people are on it, running the same rat race in life that you are.  But it's important that you find that space to allow your equilibrium to be stored.

The late Mrs Barlow, my old Classical Studies and Latin teacher talked alot about Juvenal's mens sana in corpore sano - a sound mind in a sound body.  I've recently rediscovered this part of my life again.
I think Mrs Barlow would be happy to know I paid so much attention to her life lessons in class.

And no time for negative vibes, cos I'm winning. . .

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Life. . . oh life . . oh liiiiife. . . oh life. . .

Life by Des'ree expresses one enjoying the simple pleasures of life, finding joy in the little things.
It has often been said that we spend so much time being busy that we forget to stop and smell the roses, spend time with people who matter the most and in the case of a recent social media flurry over missed opportunities  - we forget to "look up."

Des'ree kicks off the song regaling her fear of the dark, not wanting to see a ghost, and for the adventurer inside each of us, we might think that the kind of life that she wants seems a little boring and safe.  We all have the "play-it-safe" friends in our circles, the "daredevil" friends who are almost like adrenaline junkies out trolling for the next high.  Have you thought about you approach your life?

The song soon shifts from playing it safe to being a daredevil with the following verse:
I'll take you up on a dare
Anytime, anywhere
Name the place, I'll be there
Bungee jumping, I don't care

It rings true, that what you get out of life, is totally dependent on what you put in.
There will be those who argue - well you can't always get what you want, you can't always have a fun life if your basic needs aren't attended to first (food, shelter, clothing) - the things that media remind us that are "third world problems" and yet we see the perpetuation of the phrase "first world problems" which are trivial in comparison.

So after all is said and done
I know I'm not the only one
Life indeed can be fun
If you really want to

No we don't want to be Phileas Fogg or Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmanuuel Ambroise Diggs (better known as The Wizard of Oz) travelling around in a balloon, or do we?
The idea of floating around having a fabulous view of wherever you want the balloon to fly really (of course not in the cities where you could cause some accidents in the air), and gaining a larger picture of where you belong in that view from above.  Definitely a good time for reflection.

Sometimes living out your dreams 
Aint as easy as it seems
You wanna fly around the world 
In a beautiful balloon

So live your life the way you want, with all the idiosyncrasies that make you the person you are.
Have the courage to try new things that take you out of your comfort zone and to be completely honest, be past that stage of caring what people think of you.  Unless of course you're a politician, then you're in a completely different arena and you have the public to answer to because that's what you signed up for when you represented the people (or the people who voted for you).

Life. . . oh life. . . oh liiiiiiife. . . . oh life. . .

Saturday, 7 June 2014

I ain't movin. . .

We will go through life spurred on by what motivates us and what drives ua.  We will totally be dependent on what we love to do and who we are with.  Des'ree sings about love in a positive light in this song I Ain't Movin, as a way to focus on loving yourself first, so that you can love others.

Love is my passion
Love is my friend
Love is universal
Love never ends

The challenges we face in life may be reactions to situations that we find ourselves in.  It's funny when I think about the way that we react - because when we are upset, angry (when we embody the negative emotions really) it happens quickly, escalates faster than the more positive emotions and often at the speed of light sometimes, especially in the heat of the moment when harsh words are exchanged - accidentally, unwittingly or on purpose.

Then why am I faced with so much anger, so much pain?
Why should I hide?  Why should I be ashamed?
Time is much too short to be living somebody else's life
I walk with dignity, I step with pride

I'm definitely not a huge fan of living somebody else's life.
There's a difference between living up to someone's high expectations and then living their life for them because of missed opportunities (or it's the destiny that people always assumed that you would follow, the huge shoes that you are expected to fill).  The need to hide and being ashamed in the above lyrics signal that it may be hard to extricate or divorce yourself from that state of living somebody's else's life.
When we are ready to move, shift from what holds us back and keeps us pigeonholed, it is only then that we will truly be living our own lives, holding ourselves to our own high expectations.

Cos I ain't movin' from my face
From my race, from my history
I ain't movin' from my love, my peaceful dove
Means too much to me

I can interpret the above lyrics two ways.
1) From a cultural lens, being able to look at yourself in the mirror, be proud of where your physical features come from (ethnically speaking) and being able to live in your contentment of who you are.
2) From a personal lens, being able to look at yourself in the mirror, being able to trace the lines on your face from the years of living that you've endured, survived or cherished.

Loving self can be so hard
Honesty can be demanding
Learn to love yourself, 
It's a great great feeling

Self-loathing isn't healthy. Being made to feel guilty for situations that have arisen through no fault of your own, brush that off.  It is much more important to feel good about you, as I've said in previous posts, only YOU can do you the best.

I ain't movin', I've been here long before
I ain't movin', cos I want more
I ain't movin', got my feet on the ground
As far as I'm concerned, love should win the rounds . . .

Moral of the story, I can critically reflect on all experiences as life lessons and whatever pain that has been felt, has been a necessary part of building my character.  But more importantly, it has made me more appreciative of the life I am in anticipation of living (and currently enjoy), because I walk with dignity, I step with pride. . .

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

This'll be the day that I die. . .

The classic American Pie by Don McLean is probably his most famous work.  He has talked about the song in interviews as being about the day Buddy Holly died (in a plane crash with Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens).

McLean has preferred not to disclose too much information about the meanings of the song lyrics, but that he wrote it based on "the day the music died" when the three famous musicians lost their lives while on a national music tour.  That particular phrase jumped out at him as a headline on a newspaper he saw while on the job as a paperboy.

I love the song because like all good songs, it tells a story, it paints that picture of memories, of the flurry of activities and the changing times, moving from a time of innocence to chaos (on some levels more than others).  It records moments like snapshots in time, that you can revisit when you hear the words sung again, the way that the artists lingers on certain syllables of the words that need to be emphasised, for dramatic effect or because it sounds nice sung in that way.  McLean does this quite aptly in the song with the deliberate slowing down of the tempo.

Buddy Holly's last moments was best encapsulated in the movie La Bamba about Ricardo Valenzuela's rise to fame in a short period of time before the fatal crash.  Conspiracies abound about the lucky musician who got away when Valens won the coin toss to join the other stars on the plane ride.  The context of the story brings back memories for me as a music teacher having taught the music of Valens and Selena (another Latina artist who suffered a similar fate, dying at the hands of the president of her fan club just as her star was set to rise further), to year 13 music students.

I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

The above verse was brought to my attention by +Mark Maddren who sent me a message about my husband's unveiling in the weekend.  It has been important for me to keep the music playing, keep the music alive, because I need to keep making harmony with people, continue to sing melodies that hopefully inspire some other countermelodies to build some melodic motifs and themes that can extend to some compositional devices being used to enhance them (in laymen's term - have a really cool jam session, for the romantics at heart - make sweet music).  From time to time you will come across people whose songs will match yours.  Just enjoy the music :-)

And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train to the coast
The day the music died. . .

Before we catch that last train to the coast, I hope you keep the music playing in your lives too.
Thanks +Mark Maddren :-)

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Whom shall I fear?

Today's blog post is a song request made by +Phoebe Davis in memory of her husband :-)

The Lord is my light and my salvation
Whom shall I fear Lord
The Lord is the strength of my life
Whom shall I be afraid?

Phoebe and I are part of a club we never asked to join, but we've come to be allies in it (you have to - as you need a strong support network to be in this club).  This song The Lord is my light by Adeaze is a song that was released around the time that Phoebe's husband passed away.  Loma was a huge supporter of Adeaze's music, proud of Naina and Vii representing Mangere (as passionately as he did).

Wait on the Lord
Be of good courage
And He shall strengthen your heart
Wait I say on the Lord, wait I say on the Lord

You become highly reflective and super conscious of time.  I've spoken about this before in previous posts and it still rings true for today (and probably for the rest of the time that I have here on earth).  How you spend your time, this reality series starring you, fully depends on the choices that you make, and some choices made for you (producers, executive producers and directors that can seem untouchable at times), although you can sometimes, after much experience and having success on your hit show, you can do some producing.

Faatali mole Atua
Ia faamalosi
E faamalosi lo'u olaga
Faatali mole Atua
Faatali mole Atua

You soon realise that your entire life is dictated by time - that 5 year plan, those other short term - mid term and long term goals, that holiday that you need to book, those events that you promised to attend but don't really want to go to, basically your entire life you're waiting to do something or you are making something happen.

The Lord is my light
And my salvation
Whom shall I fear Lord?

I guess it's the quality of that time that you're spending.  I laugh sometimes, because you use that phrase 'spend time' - like it's some form of currency that you use, to purchase experiences - can you negotiate for better products and services if you're an effective spender of time?  Can we get an upgrade?  Are there any sweet package deals we can get? I often think that we can sabotage ourselves, and steal our own enjoyment and happiness in time, because we can spend it being negative, pessimistic and just plain sour (thanks Karyn White, listening to Superwoman this morning).

The Lord is the strength of my life
Whom shall I be afraid?
Whom shall I be afraid?
Whom shall I be afraid?
Whom shall I be------------ afraid 

Wherever you are in your life, whether you believe in God or have some other supreme being that you believe in (or not at all - to each their own), I hope that you don't spend your time, in your own lives, not being afraid to do the things that you've always wanted to, those things, goals, dreams that help to make you be the best of who you want to be and have some positive impact and effect on others.  I mean who knows, I might read about your story on social media somewhere, you know those stories - those feel-good amazing stories that can restore your faith in humanity, when we are surrounded by so much of the inhumane.

Huge lashings of love, light and laughter in your life (I'm a sucker for alliteration as you can see hehe).