Faith and more

Seven is for the high heavens

Seven is where lie the deepest hells

Where do I be tonight?

Me and my thoughts they been lost

Robbed and sold my all and ever

Had brains but was never clever

So I lay down eyes closed, lights off

That’s when I really see real far

I like it when it’s quiet

I love to live the dark

Handling my love off an depression

The pain it offers is now an obsession

It glitters, it shines in light

When it’s this dark it leaves no impression

Glory be to God!

If it weren’t for hope I wouldn’t have made it this far

Life’s a fucking toast

A toast to faith which drives this heart.

The Change

Don’t paddle past me oh dear

I have felt your pain

Years down the road we steered

The questions remain the same

It’s the same you with more make up to smear

Maybe that’s all that has changed

Two birds in a cage they open the gates

One flies away and the other stays

They still force her away

She does find it strange

There was never a choice

Just a fate to be exchanged

Time’s a bully, wants me to be responsible

For things that don’t seem plausible

None of it belongs to my domicile

Strangely being rationale isn’t being logical

It’s just gonna be another chronicle

For things I’d be held accountable

What’s my Stance as a citizen? (Poem)

I tune into the news

A five year old got raped they said

Oh poor little girl I thought

It happened to a boy they said

Who am I to pity him?

It has happened today and it’ll happen tomorrow again

What can I do? What’s my stance as a citizen?

Saw two parents crying

For a daughter they can’t find

Police say they have been trying

Neighbors have fingers to point

It was in her character, that’s what they are implying

Who am I to pity them?

What’s my stance as a citizen?

I see a 100 may be even more

Youth turning up on the streets

Protesting for their safety and rights to be assured

Their voices when they meet

Feel strong yet premature

No lack of motive but lack of direction

Less are the answers, more are the questions

They’ll scream but not get for what they stand

Sweating in the sun they stay there, tanned

But who am I to pity them?

What’s my stance as a citizen?

Kill for honor, kill for money, kill for power and kill for hate

Abduct, rape, blackmail and humiliate through a video tape

We have no money, no power, nor strength to trade

So we take what you give and be left ashamed

Everyone once has to face their fate

We need to be a Nation not a bunch of States.

Tell me who am I to pity then?

It’s my turn find a stance as a citizen

The xx – I See You Review

I recently got into listening them and it wasn’t until the last quarter of 2016 that I heard their first two albums (xx and coexist). To begin with I would say that even though I liked these albums I wasn’t a very big fan, they just didn’t do enough for me musically and lyrically. The first two records were very spacey and moody and the thing with moody records is that sometimes the mood can feel forced if not placed and executed naturally.

Talking about I See You, the band does what a The xx fan might have expected them to do. The props and cons of both the previous albums retain on this one but still I give the band major props for trying more on this record. I find this album to be much more engaging than both “xx” and “coexist”. Even though the product, instrumentally is still minimal, but we do find some funky rhythms and pop tunes in songs like “On hold” and “I dare you”. The instrumentation used here do elevate the feel though especially the string sections. I love the vibrant use of instruments on songs like “Lips” and also “Replica”. Vocally, I would say that Romy makes a much more positive impact than Oliver ever does on this whole record. Lyrically, the band explores love, desire, pain of heartbreaks, anxiety among some other topics.

Overall, I would say this is an improvement over “coexist”. This album is much more diverse, detailed and engaging. At the same time I would also like to say that probably they could have structured the songs and the album in a better way as some of these songs do have an abrupt ending. If you have been a fan of them you’ll probably love this album and may even rate it as their best and if you’re new the xx then I would say this is a good album to start listening them if you are looking out for some moody, spacey and breathy music.

I would say this is a 7/10 album to me.

If you have given this one a  listen do tell me how you feel about it and have a great day everyone.

Cell of Will (Chapter 3) : The Mirror

It’s the mirror again, clinging to the wall with no where else to go. I can empathize with the mirror you know and maybe it empathizes with me as well, both of us have no where to go and nothing else to see other than whatever vision comes infront of us. Everytime I come here I talk to it but it never talks back, it doesn’t even reflect me back, which makes me wonder how important it is to reflect oneself time and again, how important it is to be ready to accept the consequences of one’s action and how I have pushed myself to a life in a hole with just a single source of light mocking me. There’s a fine line between living in a hole and dying and I have been dying for quite a while now. “Will you ever reflect me back or answer me?” I asked the mirror hoping that it may grow lips of its own and reply. It didn’t and never does. Maybe even in a land of wonders there’s a limit, a limit set by imagination.

“This isn’t the place I am supposed to be I won’t find Florence here, maybe she is the one who gives the answers, I need to find her” I thought to myself. “Stuck with the mirror, ehh” a voice came from behind. “I was fascinated with it for quite some while” he continued as I turned to find out that it my friend Frank. “Frank” I yelled in excitement “What are you doing here?” 

“Just what everyone else does here, passing by, and yeah tell me what does the mirror shows you” he said.

“What? Passing by where? And it shows me nothing absolutely nothing” I replied.

He let a chuckle out and replied calmly “You’re not meant to be here my friend, the mirror, is the reflector of what you are and where you are when it’s all done, when you reach the finality of it all”

I knew what he meant but I was too shocked to accept it. It’s never easy to find words for these moments, you can be a poet, you can be an inspired writer but when these moments hit you they take a part of you with them. The only thing that’s confirmed since the day we step on this planet is death yet all we ever in our life is to try and evade it. I just let the tears run down my eyes and let them meet their fall with me standing still on the ground. He ran towards me to hug me and I felt it, felt the cold skin of his touching my body, only to realize why one craves for the warmth of a hug in situations like this while one lives because once we die these hugs become cold.

“You have to accept it” he said “But how come you be here? How did you reach this place?” he asked.

“I don’t think I am here, it’s a vision I have been having” I said trying to catch hold of my voice.

“You always used to have strange visions of strange places and used to write songs and poems about it, you used to called them The Songs of Life” he said “You’re probably here to write one about the end of it”

“I see nothing my friend and the way my life has been all I can do is give different words to the same old song” I replied still finding it difficult to accept it all.

“Well let me tell what I see, I see myself on the staircase of the “Deterioration of Mind Over Matter by Otto Rapp” standing clueless, lifeless and spellbound at the same time. I have no idea of what it signifies or how it’s related to the end of my life but that’s probably how the mirror works, it spellbinds you. You know what I never came to know how I died and the mirror doesn’t seem to help in that case but I think there’s something more you need to see” he said.

I was looking anxiously at him as he grabbed my arm and started walking past the mirror. I could see myself going past it part by part. There was a graveyard at the end of it. Frank was no where to be found but what I saw sucked the life out me, it was as if a giant boulder was placed atop my chest and no matter how much I tried I couldn’t move it. In front of me were 3 graves. The graves of my brother, father and my mother. I collapsed to my knees, I could feel them losing all the strength and motivation to help me stand back up. The spirit of being alive turns into ash when your loved ones die but that’s how we are meant to live.That’s how harsh the life can be but the Gods we have want us to endure it all. I understand the creator who creates and the destroyer who destroys but the one who created them both is playing a game I can’t fathom at all.I gave my thoughts a pause to realize that this might all just be a part of my vision and nothing more. I was questioning the nature of reality of it all and also the nature of my own reality. After all I might be part of someone else’s vision.

Cell of Will (Chapter 2) : The Dreamer

I didn’t use to use the word lonely, being alone in my own room used to be a time of solace and moreover it was never this quiet in my room, even though I didn’t pay much heed to it then, the sound of cars passing by, birds chirping, people strolling around having a good chat seems like a necessity now. It was a momentary human touch that I felt, for the first time in a while and now I would give away everything to live those few seconds a thousand times over again. I didn’t even ask what her name was.How clumsy I am and  How close is this room to the world of my dreams, away from the monotonous life cycle that I used to have, away from the people that I thought served no purpose in my life, away from all the noise and so peaceful, yet it’s so far away. Maybe life is supposed to be a circle but now even my imagination and thoughts are a circular path that I live everyday. There’s no peace here only a lot of questions that I have no answers to. I have always been the dreamer but seems like dreams aren’t meant to be reality. Or maybe this is how I exit this place “Kill the dream, kill the dreamer”.

“You think it’s a dream don’t you” he said as entered the room wearing all black, the coat, shirt, pants, and shoes, his wry smile complementing his dark eyes. “Why don’t you cut yourself right here” he said putting his finger on my neck “and find out how much of a dream it is”. He paused for a while and continued again “maybe it’s a dream, maybe not, maybe it’s someone else’s dream that you’re in to die and before you start with the same questions everyone asks I wanna tell you that I have the answers you want, the answers unfortunately you don’t deserve, so before you ask what’s this place? Who am I and how do you get out of here? I wanna tell you that this isn’t how it works”

“Another visit” I thought, from getting none for maybe months to two so quick, are things finally going to take a turn for good? 

“Then how does it work?” I asked hesitatingly. 

“You’ll figure that out soon I guess” he said

“Why are you here? And you know that talking like this won’t be of any help to me” I said.

“Well, I wanted to ask about a particular person, a girl called Florence” he replied.

I identified the name as soon as he said it. I have been having visions of being in a pool of blood holding a girl in my hand and calling out that one name “Florence” but what does he have to do with her, is the girl in my arms Florence or is that the name of my girlfriend? 
“Yes” I said expecting him to drop more details.

“Hmm, I presumed you would be familiar with her, so did you find her?” He asked.

I had no idea what he was talking about “How or where am I supposed to find her?” I yelled and asked.

“The same place you have been looking for her, maybe you should look better or farther or deeper” he said.

“What am I supposed to do when I find her” I enquired.

“Once you find her and if you find her she’ll take care of the rest, you don’t have to worry a bit” he said and turned his back and started to walk away and out of the room.

“What do I call you? What’s your name?” I asked in a rush

“The dreamer would be suffice for now” he said and bowed out the door.

Albums to be Anticipated in 2017

A good year for music comes to an end. We have had some great albums released this year. I would like to shout out to Death Grips, Schoolboy Q, A tribe called Quest, Kendrick Lamar among others whose albums I enjoyed a lot this year but wasn’t able to include in the list because you know only so much can fit in a list. And also we had some records released which disappointed me. I mean they weren’t bad but could have been better (Kanye, Rihanna and J. Cole I’m talking about you all). Royce came up with a great album too. I also liked Drake’s album more than I thought I would even though it was really long. And there were some really bad ones and ehhh let’s forget them and move on to the next year.

Like every year we maybe in for surprises this year too but here I have formed a list of artists that have either announced an album slated for 2017 release or the ones I expect to release a project next year. So let’s get started.

1. Run the Jewels- Run the Jewels 3

Well this was originally supposed to be released in 2017 but surprise surprise the duo droped this intense, layered, banger of an album on us like a bomb on Christmas. For those who have heard it already know that they’ll continue jamming this and those who haven’t go grab a copy or stream or whatever just give this one a spin.

2The Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody

Slated for an early release next year (Jan 13) one can expect to start the year really well with the Flaming Lips in the mix. Those familiar with The Lips already know that they are a pop rock spectle, those who don’t know them well should give them a try. It’s almost a guarantee that one will be exposed to a unique approach that’s gonna be interesting for sure. 

3. Kanye West- Turbo Grafx 16

Kanye West can be a polarizing personality and now he recently shocked the world yet again with his weird hairdo. Maybe that suggest a new direction for his life. Even though I was sort of underwhelmed with Kanye’s 2016 release I have really high expectations from his next one. He’s suffering personally and I hope he rejuvenates himself and gives us the music that we have come to expect of him.

4. Arcade Fire- TBA

With nothing solid announced yet it’s all just a speculation but the band is rumored to have been working on a new album and now as substantial time has passed between their last record and now, it’s due time that the fans start expecting the band to drop new material. Till then a listen to Reflektor, Funeral or The Suburbs, infact any of the bands album will be great for anyone not familiar with them.

5. Justin Timberlake- TBA

“Can’t Stop the feeling” is a testimony to the ability that JT has to bring the listener to his/her feet. Last time he dropped an album it ended up as the highest selling album of that year. Some of the songs will still be fresh in the mind of his fans. And now we have waited for about 3 years. So, yeah I expect him to drop something next year.

6. Lorde – TBA

Late David Bowie called her “the future of music” which in no capacity is an overstatement. An artist who has the ability to construct a song in her own way and bring that much needed tint of individuality to every song that she touches. I enjoyed “Pure Heroine” a lot and probably everyone is already familiar with her super smash hit “Royals”. The album is in the production stage according to her and we can’t help but be excited about what it holds.

7. Beck – TBA

For anyone who didn’t know how much of an artist Beck is must have come to know about his prowess after the Grammy’s (Thanks Kanye). Beck had been around for a really long time before receiving the Oscar and the one he finally got it for wasn’t even his best album and one thing is for sure he is far from done.

8.) LCD soundsystem – TBA

Well their music for me is not just an amalgamation of instruments and vocals, it’s an experience. James Murphy is finally back with his team to bring about what can possibly be the most memorable album released next year. They have cancelled your dates to indulge themselves in recording meaning they’re enjoying it which is also proportional to us enjoying it even more.

9.) U2- Songs of Experience 

This new album might be tightled very aptly given the experience of this band. While their album was largely a hit and miss but the band has shown time and time again that they are capable of providing high quality work. What makes things interesting is the involvement of ever reliable Ryan Tedder as co-producer.

10.) The National – TBA

It’s almost gonna be four years since The National released a proper studio album. They have released really quality work between 2003 to 2013. They have busy with tours and music festivals. Now let’s what they conjure up this coming year for us.

There are also a few other albums expected to be released that I am excited for.

  • Stevie Wonder- Through the eyes of Wonder
  •  Schoolboy Q- TBA
  • Father John Misty- TBA
  • Vampire Weekend- TBA

Here are some Artists that I expect will rule the album charts next year:

  • Jay Z- TBA
  • Eminem- TBA
  • Drake- More Life
  • Taylor Swift- TBA
  • Katy Perry- TBA

The albums by JT, Lorde and Kanye will surely have good chart outputs too.

Apart from these I also expect to lay my hands on some artists that I haven’t heard yet and some new artists to enter the music scene with a bang.

Have a great year everyone.