Nov 20, 2013

A Trip Down Memory Lane

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      The today's title suits this post perfectly for two reasons: Once again, I'm reposting one of the three posts from the other blog (as I already explained and did here) and I'm showing you my high school "uniform" like I promised in the previous post. Coincidentally (or better yet intentionally), the outfit from the photos goes hand in hand with the text because deep down inside I'm still a hip hop girl and my heart will always beat in sync with Dre's beats from his LEGEN ... wait for it ... DARY album 2001. But now, without further ado, here's the post...
      Thanks to my parents and my brother, I grew up listening to Bob (both Marley and Dylan), Carlos Santana, Nirvana and Body Count. Before I could even understand what the artists were singing about, I just assumed it had to be something meaningful - they put it on a record, for Peet's sake! I don't know when the lyrics stopped being lyrics and became and incomprehensible flood of (sometimes rhyming) words, but no wonder people just block them out nowadays.
      When you're driving in a car or drinking in a bar and Nicki Minaj's Staships comes on, do you just listen to music or hear the lyrics as well? My guess is that you have no idea what she's saying and you don't care. And you're right, you shouldn't. "Starships were meant to fly, hand up and touch the sky, can't stop, 'cause we're so high ..." You have to be to sing along to that gibberish.

But I do love the fact that she's crazy. And supposedly bisexual.
And I actually do think she has a lot of skill,
but Starships... That's just wack.

      Another one of my favorites is Jessie J's Laserlight. "You're like a laserlight, burning up, burning down on me. You make me feel good, you make me feel safe ..." How does a laser that's burning you up make you feel safe? Perhaps I get that it makes you feel good, if you're a masochist, but safe? When you see little kids fraying ants with their magnifying glasses - do you think the ants feel safe? Or good?

But I do love her jumpsuits and high top sneakers and colorful hair though.

      My absolute winner is Katy Perry. With her Firework she tries to empower and inspire you to "ignite the light and let it shine" and "show 'em what you're worth as you shoot across the sky ... like a firework". Ok. Positive. Lovely-ish. But the first sentence coming out of her mouth is: "Do you ever feel like a plastic bag, drifting through the wind..." A plastic bag? Really? Nothing rhymes with a leaf or a snowflake, just from the top of my head? Maybe a PAPER bag would have been better, but there isn't an environmental bone in Katy. She had me at "I kissed a girl" but since that was all there was to the girl-on-girl action, she lost me soon after. I guess I just drifted away. Like a plastic bag.

But I do love her boobs, I must admit.

      Before venturing into the electronic scene, I listened to hip hop - the lyrics have always been an important aspect of music for me and those guys have a lot to say. I didn't just listen and hear the words, I took them to heart. When I heard Xzibit's Symphony in X Major where he raps "I'll never be seen like Farrakhan fucking a white bitch" I stopped listening to him. If a BLACK man says he wouldn't have sex with a WHITE woman and not vice versa, then it's not racism? I'm not saying that you should have sex with a person of a race that's not your own just to prove you're not a racist, but just don't record yourself saying that and mass produce the recording of it. Besides, Big Black Kanye doesn't seem to have a problem with a piece of big juicy WHITE ass.
      DMX was also banned from my playlist. In his Where the Hood At he raps: "I show no love to homo thugs. Empty out, reload and throw more slugs." In case you don't know, a slug is a bullet. The idiot actually got in front of a mic, pressed the record button and said: "I hate gays, I want to shoot them." But somehow that isn't as publicity worthy as some kid - who's obviously full of hormones and is just going through a process of coming into her own - twerking and running amok on stage and sticking her tongue out. No, let's talk about Miley Cyrus for ages, who cares about hostile messages littered all over the radio waves and music videos. But if you disregard all the swearing and the demeaning of women and various marginal groups, hip hop has a lot of great lyricism to offer and I'll always love it for that, even after putting my baggy jeans away.
      It might seem a huge leap from rap to tech-house, but there's some correlation between the two - the admiration for the bass. The louder, the fatter, the deeper - the better. As much as I enjoyed rapping along and cussing my heart out at the Eminem show in Amsterdam some 10 years ago, I appreciate the lyricism of electronic music as well. Just think of Justice's: "Because we are your friends you'll never be alone again, now come on!" So simple, yet heart-warming, isn't it? And consider the wittiness of Green Velvet's "something 'bout those little pills, unreal the thrills they yield until they kill a million brain cells" from La La Land. But the craftsmanship Faithless express in We Come One is just on another level: "I drain the color from the sky and turn blue without you. These arms lack of purpose, flapping like a humming bird. I'm nervous 'cause I'm the left eye, you're the right - would it not be madness to fight?" Now that's some tattoo material right there. Maybe all starships were really made to fly, but not all people were meant to write lyrics. Just saying.

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      Peet

26 comments:

  1. Ha, music today...yeah, some people weren't meant to write lyrics.
    I do have to admit that Jessie J has some awesome style though!

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  2. Hahaha... so funny! And yes, hip hop music have some of the best - and worse - lyrics of all times.

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  3. So much cleavage, how is Katy Perry not cold? Oh wait, she lives in Cali on a pink cloud.

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  4. Hiya hun, how has your week been so far? I never listen to any commercial music so I have no clue about the lyrics of Nicki and Katy, but from the sounds of it, its really vapid and dim, a two year old could string better sentences...that make sense too. Rap is a music art form of its own, I just wish i knew what on earth some of the slang words they use meant, lol. I love electronic trance, the lyrics are simple and repetitive but it works. I also listen to a lot of poetic folk/indie where the lyrics are pretty brilliant and where songwriters actually have talent, can't say that about the wrecking ball pop stars of today ;) Love your work, keep it up babe. The sweater is too cute. And no one should ever have to pay $1375 for one! Geez. It was really great hearing your opinion on my last post.

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    1. Like wise, doll!!! When it come to you, it's always a pleasure to give and receive. And I mean this in a completely non-sexual kind of way.:D

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  5. Where do i start. Well my parents were not cool like that and don't really listen to music. I grew up in a 'popular' crowd who listened to RnB and techno so bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam were not cool. I was a closet grunge lover, kinda hid that part of me for many years since goth kids only listened to it apparently and I didn't want to be 'different' weird I know, I totally embrace that side of me know but. Thankfully! I think that whole RnB to electronic is a right of age thing, I went through it much like you, though I never got into rap and now I will not listen to any of it. Just don't like but I think it reminds me more of my adolescent years of unhappiness so that's probably why. Had no idea that dude got on a mic and preached such stupid hate like that. Damn what a loser.

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    1. YES. He really is a loser and I can't believe 'nobody' caught on actually...

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  6. love that hip hop look and graffiti! I love when people stay true to themselves :) I love rock music and will never change xx

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  7. I'd have to agree with you on most of this! Although hip-hop is good to dance to!

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  8. Tell me you spray painted some of that, girl! Also, Katy Perry boobs.... Yes. Ma'am.

    xo Ashley
    thetiniestfirecracker.com

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    1. I wish I could but that would be a lie.:)

      And yes - booooobs!!!!:D

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  9. Katy Perry had a lot of people at "I Kissed a girl and I liked it". I even tweeted to her that I wished she would kiss another girl and write another song about it. I liked watching the music video "Wide Awake" with the purple-blue hair, see-through dress and little girl in it - but an awful lot of her stuff is musically pretty monotone and lyrically trite. That doesn't stop me from staring at her super-short skirt when she sings the almost single note "Teenage Dream". I was never a hip hop fan but I love Nicki Minaj's outfits and that booty of hers. It's nice when there are songs with meaningful lyrics. I wonder how how many lyrically brilliant songs have been ignored by the over-consolidated radio stations because they spoke too much truth instead of singing lyrics like "De do do do, de da da da". You're right, as usual. Poetic license is the usual explanation for how people writing nonsense lyrics get airtime. I like the song so I overlook the fact that thunder does happen when it's not raining contrary to a line in a song written by Stevie Nicks (whom I like) - but I prefer songs that have an interesting melody and chords and mean something instead of only having a beat and an attitude. Oh well. Maybe that explains why I don't listen to the radio much.


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    1. I couldn't agree more, I hate listening to the radio for that exact reason!

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  10. those pants.gosh, I remember them from my own hip hop/rap phase. I attended hip hop parties and stuff. but I actually dislike those pants like crazy, believe me :D oh well, at least it's funny to look back and... laugh because we all have had our "shiny" moments.
    when it comes to modern music I sometimes get slightly mad when listening to the most popular songs because those songs are also the most pointless songs. it's not even funny, it just annoys me so I usually avoid listening to radio. but hey, of course I have had days when I need those stupid songs to relax for example and not to think about anything serious.

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    1. I actually love these pants.:D Once I put them on, I started missing them like crazy - what's with the stupid SKINNY jeans??? I prefer my shit to hang.:)

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  11. Katy Perry does have a great rack, yeah. Bitch. lol ;-) I definitely pay attention to the lyrics of a song. Always. And some lyrics are seriously cringe worthy...

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  13. This is such a cool look and it´s really interesting how you music taste was influenced in so young years by the taste of your partents and your brother! When I was a teenager I was a really Heavy Metal Fan but this was already in the early 80s.

    At the moment I hear very seldom music because I´m happy about each silent second ;)

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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    1. I hear ya.;) I have phases when I can't listen to anything, sometimes silence really is golden...

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  14. I'm not sure what determines whether I listen to the lyrics or not - I most likely listen to lyrics when I'm bored driving in my car, but anywhere else it's background noise. Sometimes if a lyric does linger in my ear I'll go on YouTube and find out the rest of the lyrics. The last song I did this with was actually Nicki Minaj: Beez In The Trap. That was a while ago. I used to be a hip hop freak in terms of music and fashion but I've mellowed now to Dubstep.

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  15. you're so right! I like those pop singers, btw! but I don't think I "hear" the lyrics!
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  16. Love the cool wall as your backdrop
    and your review of those pop stars are so right on.

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  17. I also like Firework. I think if you are going to listen to a song , you may as well have a nice message attached.

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  18. My god you have a way with words lady! I couldn't stop staring at Katy's boobs for like 5 minutes before I scrolled down haha, anywho Im a lover of all kinds of music and one of my favourite things about Hip Hop is the big juicy bass....me and bass go way back, I have two giant subs in my car...yup Im a bass lover, the lower and longer the better ;) xx

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  19. I think nobody usually think about the lyrics. Of course, this happens here in most cases when they are in English. We are not bilingual (I guess you've notice it because of my pitiful attempts to explain you what i want) and that's why we learn the songs phonetically.
    Unless you are much interested in an special song, when you listen to it many times and search the translation (something that happens rarely to me. I know stairway to heaven lyrics... and few more english songs).

    If I think about it, lots of times we learn phonetically even Spanish lyrics. I mean, we don't know what they really mean
    Anyway, it's a shame. There are songs that are pure poetry and we lose it.!

    PD. I saw the t-shirt tutorial. OMG 3 hours?? I don't have it clear at all... hahaha it's SOOO MUCH TIMEEE
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