This tumblr is all about the music I love! I created it to share the artists I've found throughout the years and the songs that have made my life much more enjoyable! I mean, come on, who doesn't love music? I think we can all agree that music definitely makes life way more awesome then it already is. Just try to think of life without music...
And just in case anyone is interested, the profile picture is Alex Grey's painting, "Bond," from his Progress of the Soul series. (It's posted on the blog as well. If you want to check it out in more detail, there's a larger image there. And a link to the source: Alex Grey's website)
Firstly, I just have to say that Immortal Technique is my all time favorite hip-hop artist. He just represents that original, rebellious, revolutionary spirit of hip-hop. He just takes it to another level though. He’s truly one of the most lyrically intelligent and socially conscious artists out there, of any kind. But, because of that, you’ll never hear him on the radio or see him on TV or on award shows or none of that. Dude doesn’t even have major label support. He’s been doing it 100% independent from day one. Secondly, I must admit that i’m not familiar with Da Circle, but i’m liking what i’m hearing. Check it out.
Wow! Had to follow up the last post with this because it’s the same artist, and it’s simply beautiful! A TEDx-Poetry-Talk!!! Awesome!! I sincerely suggest you give this a listen! It’s wonderful and inspiring!!
I just had to follow up that last post with a song/video from one of my all-time favorite bands, especially back in the nineties! This was one of my favorites by them. They always cracked me up too, because they would be asked to do a song like this, for the Godzilla soundtrack and then write lyrics like “Godzilla pure mother fucking thriller, to get your eyes of the real killers.” Haha. Gotta love Rage. I was moshing to these guys on my bed when I was 8, haha. That was back before I realized how fucked up things actually were, before I fully understood the gravity of the lyrical content.
Citizen Cope and his acoustic guitar brings back memories… Saw him out in Harrisburg one time and him and the band rocked out; it was great, but when the band left the stage for a half hour or so to take a break, Cope stayed and just performed a quick acoustic set. It was great! I would definitely suggest a Cope show.
His songs are real chill but they always have a nice blend of soul, blues, folk, and rock music.
Stephen Marley - The Traffic Jam ft. Damian Marley
This song gets me hype as fuck!!! Haha. It’s just so much fun! I mean, how can you go wrong with the Marley clan? They always bring the righteous lyrics, the bad-ass flows, and the feel-good tunes. Then again, I love the reggae vibe, and I know that’s not for everyone, but I’m into all kinds of shit. I think my favorite thing about this song are the flows; I like how Stephen switches up his flow, sound, and tone, and Damian just has the crazy flow. I’ve never heard anything like it. I love it when he’s on the mic!
Also, as a side note, Stephen Marley is fucking awesome in concert!!! I saw him in Philly a few years back and i’m going to see him again in Philly April 18th, or something like that, just two days after my birthday! It’s gonna be amazing!!! I can’t wait!!
As I said in the previous post, I would be sharing more Alex Grey Tool artwork. The first and third imagine are definitely from Tool’s Lateralus album, and the last two are from the 10,000 days album. Not sure where the second one is from… maybe one of those two, maybe it was used on tour, or maybe someone just through it together.. I don’t know, haha. But, they’re all pretty sick! Alex Grey is just such an amazing artist!
My all-time favorite band, I’ve been listening to tool for about 14 years now and I never get sick of them! It’s impossible. They’re just that amazing! With each album, they grow and push the boundaries of what they can do and where they’re at in life. Their music videos are always intense and interesting. The music is always powerful as fuck and mind-blowingly awesome! The drummer is a beast! The guitarists are incredible! The singer has the most powerful voice I’ve ever heard and by far the most interesting and insightful lyrics I’ve ever heard/read. Oh, and they are the best fucking band I’ve ever seen live! And I’ve seen them around 5 or 6 times now, and each time they’re just fucking incredible!
Now, about this particular video; I thought I’d share it because the Alex Grey art was such a hit (it had more likes and shares than all the other posts put together, haha) and this video utilizes his art at the end, in what is definitely my most favorite piece of music video ever! In fact, Alex Grey teamed up with Tool to work on the artwork for the album, some of their music videos, and art that would be displayed at their concerts, some of which I will share after this post.
They’re both visionary artists, and they both share other similar qualities as well, like be fucking bad ass and eccentric, so it would make sense that they would team up together. If you’re at all familiar with Alex Grey you can tell where his influence shines through during this video. But, if you’re not that familiar with either Alex Grey or Tool, then I’ll give you a hint; it follows shortly after the guy picks up the leaf.
But, it’s not just Tool’s unique music video artwork, nor Alex Grey’s amazing artwork in the video either, that makes this song as awesome as it is. It’s also the music and the lyricism. Tool’s music does something to me when I listen that is almost unexplainable. It’s like the vibrational energy just moves through my body and awakens every fiber of my being. And Maynard’s lyrics are not only interesting, they are awakening as well. Just listen to the music, feel it in the innermost parts of your being, take in the lyrics, and watch the video, especially the end, and I’m telling you you’ll have some kind of spiritual experience!
"This body holding me reminds me of my own mortality. Embrace this moment. Remember. We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion."