Monday, 10 November 2014

Times like these. . .

This blog post is a band request from +Tamara Bell 

Today's blog post focuses on the track Times like these by the Foo Fighters.  The opening introduction serves as a great way to familiarise yourself with the sounds that will follow with the rest of the song, particularly from a musical ear - the dissonant riff played by the rhythm guitar that serves as an interlude between lines of the verses and at the end of the chorus before each new verse.

This dissonance symbolises to me the idea of the conflicts and obstacles that we face in our daily life that define "times like these", but more importantly it may also act as a mirror to hold up to yourself to reveal how you act during "times like these" separated only by the bass slide between the motif.
The downward bass line takes us further into the depths of this dissonance as reflected in the verses to follow.

I am a one way motorway
I'm the road that drives away
then follows you back home
I am a street light shining
I'm a white light blinding bright
burning off and on

Do you often feel hell bent on holding on for dear life? At least when you're trying to come to grips (literally and figuratively), trying to make sense of your life?  For me being a light symbolises that you have become more self aware, more in tune with what it is that you are meant to be doing, especially if you are tasked with guiding or leading people. or the devising of concepts, making progress or forging a way forward for new things that haven't even existed yet.  This is the time when you are burning off and on - at your most blinding as a white light. I listened to +Karl Maton yesterday talk about knowledge blindness in LCT or Legitimation Code Theory.  I definitely recommend that if you are not familiar with the theory and the field at large - just do a google search or check it out on Twitter @LCTheory.  You will not be disappointed.

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again

I think it's important that if you feel some disruption in your life, irrespective of the context, that you reflect on why it happened and how you can learn from it.  It might be a steep learning curve that might take some time for you to scale or it might be a quick jolt to the system, when you feel that defibrillator shock you back to life. It could be the difference that distinguishes and clarifies your thinking about the "knowers and knowledge" according to Maton.

I'm a new day rising
I'm a brand new sky 
to hang the stars up tonight
I am a little divided
do I stay or run away
and leave it all behind

The musical interlude after this verse features imitation between the instruments that continue to highlight this dissonant motif.  The final chorus however shows the heightened awareness as enacted by the double octave.

The idea of rebirth, of realisation, of the beginning of understanding and becoming a knower of knowledge can be overwhelming.  You may come across knowledge that you didn't want to uncover - but have a responsibility to reveal to better inform others.  Only you will know the answers to the question of staying or running away.  I guess for me the big question would be - will the world be a better place for it?

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's time like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again

I hope you take those opportunities (when you have those disruptions in your thinking) to reflect on what the significance is for you going forward - when you examine your own "times like this."  I think once you get to a point when you stop learning about how to be the best version of yourself, when you think you have nothing else left to learn in this world - about others, about staying connected, about how you can contribute to society and make sense of the world, particularly so that you can make sense of yourself (isn't that what we're really trying to figure out at the end of it all - who we are, where we're from, why we're  here - our purpose in life - how do we get there.

Anything that you can contribute to improve the human condition.
But take the speck out of our own eyes I guess before we start gazing into those of others. . .