Monday, April 12, 2010

Its All About The Music

Lately I have been thinking, and seeing on a daily basis how cruel people can be. How heartless and self absorbed this world can seem. Sometimes I think about Karma, and how it makes the world go round. How people believe in Karma but only the bad kind. They choose not to do things because it makes them nervous about how karma will catch up with them. What happened to "paying it forward"?? What about good karma and good deeds? I like to shop at boarders books, when I do i like to pick out an extra book I liked as a child to donate to the needy children of the world who don't have the luxury of having books to read like the Boxcar Children or the Velveteen Rabbit. That is just an example of something that I cant understand. I cant understand why more people don't do things like that, why more people cant take one minute out of their busy lives to stop and think about the other people in the world. Dont get me wrong, I am in no way shape or form a saint. But I try to do what I can to make a difference.

why must people always assume that when a person is considerate of other people's feelings that they are "Fake" because they have alot of friends and because they are very social and involved in society that they are putting on some sort of show? Is it so hard to believe that one doesnt have alot of enemies because they simply choose not to screw people over? I think about this because this brings me back to the cruel world chain of thinking. Do people automatically think a person is putting on a show in order to have a lot of friends and few enemies because they don't believe that there are actually good hearted  people in the world? who even knows...... Then there's the people who go around committing crimes, taking lives, reproducing and bringing children into the world only to neglect them and mistreat them until they eventually end up in "the system." Everything keeps bringing me back to the same question, WHY? Why must you degrade people? why must you act as if and pardon my french "your shit dont stink" why must you kill? why must you rape? why why why?

I recently have written 2 songs that express these feelings, The first thing that sparked my inspiration for this song actually came about while I was enjoying the simplicity of social networking on facebook. Because I live so far from home I enjoy keeping touch with friends, browsing through their pictures and looking at their profiles, admiring the happiness of others. That simplicity was tainted by those select few (and I think we all have some of them on our friends list) that decide to abuse the privilege of keeping in touch with friends by constantly posting Vague status updates that are degrading to people, those status updates that make you wonder if they are talking about you, the ones who gloat about their everyday accomplishments, not because they feel accomplished and are happy with their lives but because they want to make the people around them feel like their life is "better." Those select few who go around undermining people and making you feel as if you know nothing. I cant help but laugh when I see these things because its so obvious that they are insecure and unhappy with their lives that they have to make people feel this way for their own gratification. I just want to say, spend your time making your life better by appreciating what you have and cherishing your friendships instead of constantly worrying about what everyone else is doing. That is the story behind this song..........

What's goin on, In this world today
When all they see, is a pretty little face
You dont know me, you dont owe me,
And quite frankly, I dont really give a damn about
Your negativity yeah

Chorus: Take your time,
Apply it to yourself
Instead of always worrying
About everybody else.
Take your shoes,
Start walkin in a straight line
Just live your own life, Live your own life

You dont know more than the rest
and no no you're not the best
you see people like you and me
we all live equally
so many people get victimized
so many children get traumatized
it just aint right......

Chorus: Take your time,
Apply it to yourself
Instead of always worrying
About everybody else.
Take your shoes,
Start walkin in a straight line
Just live your own life, Live your own life

This is the 2nd song that I wrote on the uke, the day after I found out about what tragically happened to my Uncle Jake.....

This world this world can be so cruel
Can turn a good man to a fool
Can be your friend and enemy
Can imprison you or set you free
So uncle Jakie rest in peace

Stay strong papa don’t you cry
Lead us Jakie help is find
The answers that you left behind
Help us serve the justice to
The monster who did this to you

Sister loves you mommy too
Niece and nephew will miss you
Friends and family near and far
Will keep you safe inside their hearts

Take us Jakie to the beach
Swimming laughing carelessly
Like we always did before
Tragedy came knocking at the door
Ocean breeze palm trees sway
Until we meet again someday

Rest In Peace Kawela (the heat) “Jakie” Kaluna

e ho Ľomaha me ka maluhia Kawela

After writing these songs, those feelings are released and I feel like I have a weight the size of an elephant lifted from my shoulders. It is the most amazing feeling in the world. The hurt is till there, but the songs help me to express my thoughts and keep my mind at peace. Music heals me and sets me free. The video below is one of the most inspiring things I have ever watched. To me, it illustrates exactly what I have been feeling. It was created after the Haiti disaster, It gives me goosebumps to watch all these musicians who share the same passion. These musicians of all ages, shapes, sizes, and race that come together to sing this song for Haiti and for the world. Things like this, keep my faith in the world strong. Things like this, make the light at the end of the tunnel of this cruel world shine through. Its all about the music.

"We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving"


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